What is resilience training and why is everyone talking about it?
In recent years, several large scale studies have been conducted nationally to determine how employees function in the workplace, and how they benefit from specialized training for high-stress situations that come with today's work demands.
According to the American Heart Association, stress is the "epidemic" of the 21st century--with stress playing a major factor in heart attacks, strokes, disability, turnover, absenteeism and premature death.
Employers have begun to pioneer a new era for employees to prepare and withstand work stress and change through what has come to be known as "resilience training". Such training programs have a long way to go as only 25% of employers offer them, but they are on the rise in 2018 with ever increasing popularity.
In 2017, a Harris Poll survey conducted with over 1,001 participants concluded that 76% of employees said that resiliency programs would be valuable, yet only 25% of employers offer them.
Employees who did receive help coping with work stressors reported that they had positive results. In fact, 73% of employees who participated in resilience training programs said that their health improved tremendously and 80% said that they would at the very least be interested in taking advantage of such programs.
Ways Resilience Training Can Benefit Your Company
Human Resource professionals have an opportunity perhaps now more than ever to design and implement practical programs that benefit staff, and empower them to thrive in the face of adversity, ultimately reducing health problems, increasing productivity, and allow employees to enjoy their careers. As it turns out, happy employees are good for business.
As employers continue to gravitate toward implementing modern benefits such as resiliency programs, we can look forward to reaping the benefits. Perhaps employee health will improve dramatically enough to see this on grand scale as more companies buy in.