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Why Building Resilience Beats Stress Management

Resilience

A recent study by Truven Health found that 42% of employees are stressed. And while 27% of employees say that they’re coping, 15% are not.1 “Stress is a reality for most, especially when the work itself is by its very nature stressful (such as health care),” says Laura Putnam, author of Workplace Wellness that Works and CEO of Motion Infusion. “But the real question is how do we become more resilient in the face of these demands?” The answer, Laura contends, is to “make it the job of every organization, every leader and every manager to ensure that resilience-building practices, such as offering compassion, expressing gratitude, exhibiting positivity, and prioritizing well-being, are modeled, encouraged and normalized at work.”

The good news is that helping employees build resilience is becoming commonplace among large companies. Forty percent of employers report that they’re currently offering resilience training to employees, with an additional 30% considering it for the future.2 And these programs are gaining traction for good reason: Evidence shows that they can help employees maintain their health, productivity and performance during challenging times. Recent employer experience also indicates positive results. What’s more, practices like mindfulness and yoga are now regular offerings among employers who hope to give employees a mental break throughout the day.2

Make it the job of every organization, every leader and every manager to ensure that resilience-building practices, such as offering compassion, expressing gratitude, exhibiting positivity, and prioritizing well-being, are modeled, encouraged and normalized at work.
—Laura Putnam, author of Workplace Wellness that Works and CEO of Motion Infusion.

If improving the emotional health of your employees is a topic of interest for your company, the Business Group as several opportunities for learning more:

  • Workforce Strategy 2017: Engaging for Change in Austin, Texas September 26-28 will feature content on prioritizing and promoting emotional health. Well-being guru, Laura Putnam, will deliver a morning keynote on transforming your well-being program to a holistic, organization-wide strategy that truly drives engagement. Sessions such as “Healthy Minds at Work” and “High Demand Workplaces Create High Demand for Resilience” will showcase the experiences from a number of employers with multi-pronged emotional well-being strategies in place, including tips on implementation, business justification and results.
  • Getting a Handle on Stress and Building Employee Resilience is a brand new resource for Business Group members that concisely makes the argument for a multi-pronged stress management strategy, including reducing root causes of workplace stress, offering resilience training and helping employees cope with the negative effects of stress

Workforce Strategy 2017: Engaging for Change

 

References

 

  1. Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Company. Quantifying the impact of stress on your employee population’s health. May 2017.
  2. National Business Group on Health and Fidelity Investments. Embracing a broader definition of well-being: results from the eighth annual National Business Group on Health/Fidelity Investments Benefits Consulting survey. March 2017.