Supporting Resilience For All In The Workplace
Resilience is an important measure in overall wellbeing. It reflects how well individuals cope with set-backs and bounce back from adversity, and it is critical not just for workplace happiness but also performance and productivity. But still this critical skill is often overlooked, and managers often don’t spot the signs that someone has reached ‘burnout’ until it is too late. So, for organisations who want to build cultures of health high performance, the starting point is to build awareness of who is most at risk and to pinpoint early signs and triggers.
Findings from our recent report, the Wraw Resilience Report 2021, have highlighted current levels of resilience and wellbeing across different groups and demographics. One key finding showed that women have experienced a greater drop in resilience scores during the pandemic compared to their counterparts. The data, collected from almost 9,500 people from July 2018 to January 2021, reveals women’s resilience dropped 68% more than males….READ ON
Revival of employees’ resilience through emotional reflexivity
In the time since its introduction in Daniel Goleman’s book, the idea of an emotional intelligence (EI) has received undivided attention from academicians, practitioners, public speakers, media, and internet sites. Workplace has always been an amphitheater, where conflicts face-off with employees leading to difficult moods and painful emotions. This has made employees more apprehensive about their future. They tend to think about worst-case scenarios, draining their positive energy and lowering their productivity. In such cases, emotions need to take the lead to be intelligent and resilient enough to avoid any kind of toxicity or conflict.
However, EI is more than understanding, controlling, monitoring and managing emotions and behavior. Instead of constipating our emotions at workplace, the need of the hour is to delve deeper into our insights, create self-awareness and facilitate our beliefs and values in making choices that would impact everyone surrounding us. But this should not be confused with the reflection of looking back and pondering. Reflection and reflexivity are two distinct terms. Reflexivity is going beyond reflection by constantly questioning one’s choices and looking at the impact on others. Simply put, reflexivity is the ongoing process of self-reflection for generating self-awareness about their emotions, dispositions and perceptions that makes a person emotionally intelligent…READ ON
Making Resilience Work in Africa
Imagine being able to live up to 30 years without food or water. Imagine living at temperatures as cold as absolute zero or as hot as above boiling. Imagine living at pressures six times that of the ocean’s deepest trenches, or as low as the vacuum of space.
Making resilience a norm in Africa
This is not fiction, but the accomplishments of the most resilient creature known to man called a tardigrade, or a sea bear. This creature can overcome such adversity because of a process called “cyclomorphosis” – which is simply the ability to adapt to seasonal changes and thrive in them.
The sea bear is not the only creature we can learn from. Bible readers will know as much that the Book of Proverbs 6:6-8 sends an equally stark reminder: “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise. It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” The lesson we must learn here is one that is long overdue –building resilience matters. Adversities are part of life and being proactively ready to tackle them is a necessity of life…READ ON