At The Resilience Institute, we have made a business of securing the benefits of resilience for our clients around the world.
We tracked the impact of resilience interventions using our 60-factor assessment, the Resilience Diagnostic. The data clearly shows that resilience strengths (the top of the spiral) improve and resilience risks (the bottom of the spiral) reduce after training.
Good things that get significantly better:
- Relaxation: taking time daily to relax
- Health awareness: having an annual health assessment
- Fitness: doing some activity at least 5 days a week
- Sleep quality: having a deep and refreshing sleep
- Nutrition: making an effort to eat well
- Purpose: having a clear, defined purpose in life
- Fulfilment: living an enjoyable and worthwhile life
- Focus: having a clear and focused mind
- Influence: being able to persuade others to new ways of thinking
- Creativity: able to express creativity at work
- Optimism: able to think and express positively
- Decisiveness: confident in making decisions
- Compassion: making an effort to help others
- Assertiveness: confident in voicing an opinion in groups
- Tactical calm: able to calm down quickly in conflict
Bad things that reduce significantly:
- Hypervigilance: overactive mind at night
- Insomnia: broken and disturbed sleep
- Worry: worry about the future (anxiety)
- Self-critical: critical and hard on oneself (depression symptom)
- Chronic distress: symptoms in stomach, chest, skin, shoulders, headaches
- Boredom: bored at work and home
- Hostility: frustrated, irritable and impatient (anger)
- Overload: workload exceeds available resources
- Sloth: too busy to exercise
Self doubt: low self confidence(depression symptom)
- Disconnected: distant from others (major risk for depression)
- Sleep delay: sleeping in over weekends (effectively causing jetlag)
- Fatigue: exhaustion at the end of the day
- Indecisiveness: confused about daily decisions (depression symptom)
- Immune failure: suffering from colds, flu and lethargy
And how does this affect the organisation?
- Every one of these gains has been linked to a positive return on investment in productivity research
- Staff turnover reduces and morale improves
- People recover from distress, anxiety, and depression
- Work and interactions are more calm, focused and empathic
- Conflict reduces markedly
- Physical wellbeing is one of the most significant gains
- Absenteeism and insurance costs reduce as people get sick less
- Leadership becomes more effective, focused and caring
- Collaboration, innovation and fulfilment increase
- The organisation has strategic agility
Organisations exist through people, and people are a complex mix of physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual perceptions and behaviours.
While we all have unique strengths and weaknesses, resilience training provides a foundational skill set that enables us to recognise how we are responding to life’s challenges (insight) and then to execute real-time adjustments for better outcomes (mastery).
When we master bounce in adversity, learn how to better connect with others, and discover flow in our life and work, the result is sustainable, successful organisations that are grounded in resilient, productive, mentally healthy people.