13 May Building Resilience to Preserve Mental Health
So what is resilience and why is it important for organizations to build resilience and preserve mental health in their employees?
Building resilience means to develop stamina and strength to face life and work challenges well. It is to equip employees with the fortitude to withstand the stresses of work and life, so they can work longer, harder and faster with few incidents of break down, burnout and illnesses. Having resilience means one has the spiritual and emotional strength to endure a financial, physical or emotional strain at work or in their personal life without breaking down under the pressures or stresses. With resilience, your employees will be able to bounce back and maintain their mental health even when things are otherwise very challenging.
There are many ways to build a resilient workforce but all begin with a clear intention and focus. Organizations using workplace wellness programs like WWIP have the structure, focus, intention and planned action to engage and equip their employees to build resilience, self-mastery and preserve mental health. One way to build resilience in employees is to provide a safe place for them to reflect on their current state and assess where they need help. This ensures that the time and effort of the employee and organization is specific and targeted. By identifying how well employees are doing in all areas of life and work, they are better able to acknowledge and accept their need for help. WWIP provides one of the most comprehensive wellness assessments on the market that allow employees the time and space to self-assess as well as provide them with a wellness improvement plan to map out where they want to begin their improvement work. By improving the areas of their lives where they are not doing well, employees can work with a workplace wellness coach to preserve mental health, build resilience to with stand life and work challenges without falling apart.
Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Strategist and Workplace Wellness Coach and creator of the Wellness Improvement System (WIS) programs, consisting of Workplace Wellness Improvement Program (WWIP) and the WIS Wellness assessment Instrument. She is also Director of the only ICF approved training program for Coaches and Wellness Facilitators in Manitoba. Go here to complete a free workplace wellness audit for your workplace today.