Workplace stress is a rising trend in a great number of organisations and it not only affects the individual but often the team, overall profitability and the company as a whole.
Stress and the inability to understand it and work through it can lead to lost productivity and in some cases detrimental outcomes.
Time pressures, workload overload and poor leadership can all be factors that lead to stress and often the deterioration of employees health.
In prehistoric times, our responses to stress were essential for dealing with natural threats. Even in the modern world, the stress response can be an asset for raising levels of performance during critical events, such as important meetings or crisis. However, with technology bringing us online almost 24/7, the challenges of the economic climate and the growing intensity of our ever demanding lives many employees are exposed to persistent and low-level stress. This can often result in an inability to cope with stress in a positive manner.
Resilience is “Bouncebackability” and more
Resilience is the capacity for individuals and organisations to “survive” and “cope successfully” in response to adversity, change or risk in a robust way; therefore recovering more quickly.
Challenges which test an individual’s resilience:
> Changing jobs
> Changing work role
> Lack of experience in role
> Ineffective leadership
> Work demands
> Workplace bullying
> Work-life balance
> Changing team structure & dynamics
> Team reorganisation
> Scarce resources
> Merger/ Takeover
Outcomes of High Resilience Among Employees
> Ability to adapt goals in the face of adversity
> Positive influence on the organisational culture
> Increased productivity
> Innovation by employees at all levels
> Use of effective and appropriate coping strategies
> Higher levels of staff retention
> Reduced absence through stress
> Increased job satisfaction
Outcomes of Low Resilience Among Employees
> Increased stress absence
> Low engagement
> Decreased productivity
> Employee responses such as guilt, helplessness and fear
> Staff retention issues
In order to be successful in building up resilience to stress it’s important to first understand what current practices could be a contributing factor. Once those are established it becomes easier to put in place the tools required to develop a resilient organisation.
Outstand works with your organisation so you and your employees understand how current practices could be affecting the stress levels and productivity.
Government Research has highlighted that for every £1 you invest in staff well-being, there’s a return of £3 in improved efficiency and productivity. Below are a range of outcomes that can be achieved on the Outstand Personal Resilience Programme for leaders or teams:
> Recognise and manage stress both in self and others
> A wide range of strategies to help improve resilience
> Strategies for improving wellbeing and productivity
> Practical strategies for building collaborative and supportive relationships within teams
We listen to understand your companies needs and then provide you with the tools, training and support you need to make stress a positive reaction once more. We help to build your resilience so you and your teams can focus your time and energy on what really matters.