Focus on workforce resiliency in 2017

StayWell Newsletter

A new boss, not getting a promotion, deadlines—workplace challenges and setbacks are literally ‘part of the job.’ Put that on top of the everyday personal challenges in employee’s lives, and it’s no wonder productivity is affected. While there’s no way for employees to completely avoid challenges, there are skills that employees can develop to help deal with them. One of the most important is resiliency.

Also referred to as grit, stamina, moxie or flexibility, resiliency is the ability to recover from challenges or setbacks. Those who have it are able to handle negative situations in a healthy way. Having a resilient workforce not only benefits employees; organizations are also positively impacted. Studies show workforces who have natural or developed resiliency skills experience reduced healthcare costs, increased productivity and better workplace relationships. While resiliency isn’t the only thing to focus on, it is definitely part of a successful well-being approach. Having a framework for all areas of well-being, with a specific plug-in program for resiliency, is the key.

Promoting Positivity and Happiness:
Nineteen percent of employers have happiness programs in place in 2016; an additional 18% are considering implementing in 2017.

Happiness programs often include the following elements:

  • Implementing a focus on “happiness”
  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Committing acts of kindness
  • Expressing gratitude and optimism

However, happiness is only a piece of the puzzle, and avoiding negative emotions isn’t the answer. It’s equally important to build positive interactions while learning skills to deal with setbacks. Likewise, resiliency is not only about strengthening mental health, it encompasses all components of well-being.

Five Drivers of Employee Well-being
In addition to one’s genetics, research shows that many factors contribute to an individual’s overall well-being. The following five factors have particular relevance to large employers:

  • Social connectedness
  • Job satisfaction
  • Financial security
  • Physical health
  • Emotional health

These factors are closely intertwined; they influence one another, as well as work together to foster overall well-being. And in many cases, the connection works in both directions (e.g., job satisfaction contributes to well-being, and well-being contributes to job satisfaction).

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