Resilience Training for Companies
The UK Government estimates that British employers pay around £9 billion annually for sick pay and associated costs. According to the Health and Safety Executive, stress accounted for 37% of all work-related ill health and 45% of lost working days in 2015/16.
Psychological health is being increasingly seen as important as physical health. Although stress is to be expected, it can be unduly affected by various factors including perception, coping strategies and support levels.
If not dealt with effectively, stress can impact on our every day functioning, with a resultant decline in individual and team morale.
With our doctorate level training and practical experience, we can promote individual and collective well-being to develop:
Self-awareness is a critical skill for us all to develop. We are all too good at getting into patterns of thinking styles and behaviour - these develop over many years and become automatic. However, our patterns don't always do us favours with regard to our personal and professional relationships or to how we deal with situations that cause stress - such as pressure at work. We can work with you to increase your self awareness which is the first step of making positive change in your personal and professional life.
Understanding of 'stress triggers'
We are all different - some people are able to take challenges in their stride, they might even appear to thrive when under pressure. However, something that we all have in common is that we have a tipping point, the point at which we are unable to function at our best any longer. Unfortunately for some people reaching this point has led to health consequences such as anxiety, stress, depression and even break-down,not to mention the many physical health illnesses associated with stress. These problems can occur when people don't have the self-awarness, coping strategies or support systems in place to deal with stress or multiple stressors. With increased self-awarness we can work with you to help you identify your unique stress triggers. As mentioned above, manageable stress can help us produce results, however, understanding our limits and importantly signs to watch out for when we reach our limits is an important skill to have for overall physical health and psychological well-being.
Effective individual and team based coping strategies
Explicit knowledge of coping strategies can be helpful when dealing with life's challenges. Coping strategies can be at the individual level and also at the team level within organisations. There are many different strategies that can be used when dealing with stress, having the self-awarness to know limits and being able to communicate effectively when under pressure is important for individual and organisational well-being. We can work with individuals and groups to explore effective coping and communication strategies with the aim of reducing stress and improving well-being and focus.
The origin of the word resilience is found within physical science, it refers to the ability of a material to return to its original state once manipulated. - literally the ability to spring back like an elastic band. In relation to human behaviour Pemberton (2015) defines resilience as:
The capacity to remain flexible in our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours when faced by a life disruption, or extended periods of pressure, so that we emerge from difficulty stronger, wiser, and more able.
With increased self-awareness, understanding of external and internal factors that impact on us and coping strategies in place we can help you to develop the strategies to build your resilience or regain the resilience you once had.