Building team resilience at the speed of change

Most Canadians are unprepared for future natural disasters, study finds

As more and more communities experience the consequences of the climate crisis, and adapt to its drastic environmental changes, a recent survey found that only 29 per cent of Canadians have a plan for when climate emergencies strike their region.

To address the clear lack of readiness, Public Safety Canada is starting a new campaign to inform and educate Canadians on how to mitigate risks for flooding, earthquakes, blizzards and tornadoes.

The Ipsos study polled Canadians between 25 and 55 years old to gauge their readiness and awareness of future natural disasters and how to respond to them.

“The poll identified a weakness when it comes to understanding the disastrous consequences of weather-related emergencies in Canada,” said Tim Warmington, media relations manager of Public Safety Canada, in a press release.

The results show that 76 per cent of Canadians are not prepared for or unconcerned about future emergencies and disasters, despite having lived through the COVID-19 pandemic, which revealed the vulnerabilities of many people financially, physically and mentally…READ ON

Volcano Watch: Remembering the 2011 Kamoamoa eruption.
USGS photo by M. Patrick A geologist collects a molten lava sample from the Kamoamoa eruption on March 6, 2011.

Building team resilience at the speed of change

Building resilient teams not only helps talent leaders create a more engaged, healthy and productive workforce, it also helps organizations be more effective in responding and recovering from crisis or change. Here are key areas to focus on when building team resilience.

As organizations grapple with increasingly volatile and disruptive times, the need for a resilient and nimble workforce has never been stronger. Resilient leaders are more effective in responding and recovering from crisis and are better able to create the kind of positive disruption that drives innovation and growth.

Individuals and teams with high resiliency levels are more engaged, productive and open to change, as well as more responsive to customers. Further, investments in employee health and well-being have measurable impact on such business outcomes as greater productivity, stronger staff morale and motivation and greater retention and loyalty…READ ON

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