Employers around Australia and the world are now realising just how much stress is a signiﬁcant factor for lost productivity in the workplace. Other than causing absenteeism and reduced engagement at work, stress may also contribute to serious health problems, including risk for heart disease, stroke, anxiety and depression.
Because of this, resiliency programs are becoming increasingly important to improve employee health. Resilience can be described as the ability to withstand, recover and grow in the face of stressors and changing demands.
A study in the United States* found that employee participation in resilience training programs was associated with positive outcomes with nearly three-quarters of participants. They not only valued the training programs but were more likely to participate when management or organisational leadership participated.
It was also reported their experience with a resilience program had improved their health "a great deal" or a "fair amount" with additional health benefits being less stress and sleeping better.
But what is a resilience program and how is it implemented into the workplace?
Understand the problem
Determine program design
Create a supportive workplace culture
Continuously assess the program
Future research is needed to better deﬁne resilience, measure it accurately and understand the mechanisms through which resilience leads to health and work performance outcomes.
More evidence is also needed to understand which program elements best predict resilience as an outcome, but growing research demonstrates a keen interest in investigating the eﬀectiveness of these programs within the workplace setting.
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