How will resilience training impact your bottom line?

Resilience training impact to organisations

The bottom line is what keeps organisations afloat, and in the choppy waters that UK politics and the world’s economy are sailing through right now, this has never been more true.

However much you care about the wellbeing of your team, understanding how resilience training will impact your bottom line is maybe going to be the biggest decider when it comes to bringing resilience into your learning and development programme.

In a nutshell, resilience is the capacity to adapt to various kinds of adversity. 

It’s a specific sort of strength.

To deal with ongoing change and financial uncertainty asks a lot of any team or individual. It can’t be done without a strong foundation. 

Resilience is the foundation, and a resilient foundation is made up out of multiple habits and patterns of behaviour.

These can range from how we eat and how much we move, to how skillfully we observe ourselves and listen to others.  

Resilience training impacts the bottom line by enabling organisations to replace weakening behaviours with strengthening ones. 

In a sense, resilience can be understood as resource management; the skill with which we manage key resources like time, trust, energy and attention, from the level of each individual team member, upwards.

To have a workforce that can perform under pressure and remain productive and focused when the field around them is undergoing rapid change, you have to equip your people with the insights, tools and motivation they need to continually invest in their own personal resilience. 

As the team becomes stronger, so too will the organisation. 

It really is a powerful thing. 

But how does such organisational ‘strengthening’ translate to impacts on the bottom line? 

Resilience training outcomes not only save money, but they make money.

They include:

  • Enhanced productivity
  • Improved problem solving
  • Increased creative capacity to innovate
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Retention of talent

For example, if the team have enhanced their ability to single-mindedly focus their attention on the problems that can be solved or mitigated against in the here and now, (instead of letting attention leak away into speculative territories) then organisational efficiency will benefit, and costs will be reduced.

Another example is the benefit of increased ‘response flexibility’ within the team that resilience training brings. Response flexibility defined as this: 

The ability to “pause, step back, reflect, shift perspectives, create options and choose wisely” (Graham, n.d., in Fernandez, 2016). 

Strengthening your people’s ability to be able to respond to challenging situations and people with a considered choice, rather than just react to them, benefits the organisation’s overall capacity to make profitable decisions and avoid expensive mistakes.

And from a simple team-health perspective, the better coping skills, reduced stress and greater employee well-being that research links resilience training to, saves unnecessary staffing expenses.

It’s a win all round – the ways in which resilience training impacts on the bottom line are many and measurable.

Having a resilience training programme in place gives you a real competitive advantage. To find out more about our resilience training programmes, get in touch with us today, we’d love to hear from you. 

What difference does resilience training make?

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The only real question that most L&D professionals want answering when I tell them about Resilience training is this: what difference does the resilience training make? 

Besides being fun and interesting, and perhaps ticking a few well-being related boxes, what will it actually do for their team and for their organisation?

On a very basic level, the difference that resilience training makes is that it: 

  1. Brings awareness to the multiple components that contribute to resilience.
  2. Upskills and motivates the team to develop these resilience factors.

Some of the aspects that resilience training can explore are:

  • Setting goals that hold personal and organisational value.
  • Enabling the process of goal attainment with a ‘Growth Mindset’.
  • Having acute awareness of personal strengths and the strengths of others in the team, and levering that awareness to produce better results.
  • Understanding and managing the emotions of self and others.
  • Accepting and navigating change.
  • Seeing things in a ‘joined-up’ way.
  • Communicating skillfully.
  • Using applied creativity to solve problems.
  • Building connections and strengthening relationships with others.

The resilience training we run here at Light Box Leadership is as much about personal development as it is about building professional skills. Our training equips people to deal more effectively with challenging circumstances and to achieve more. 

And I’m not just talking about work, but this is also about personal lives. 

Which I think is a real important point to make, as we all know how what’s going in one sphere of our life inevitably impacts on the other. 

We arrive at work each morning as whole people, bringing the energy and emotions of the whole of the rest of our lives with us, and when we go home, work stress tends to follow us home. 

Any career worth having, and any life worth living is naturally going to be full of changes and challenges.

Work life and personal life puts us to the test, and we’re sometimes going to be pushed really hard – right to the very edge of what we feel we can manage. 

When navigated with confidence and skill, such challenges are the plant-food, the stuff-of-life, the raw material that accelerates growth. Growth of people and organisations. And these challenges are what makes life meaningful.

But… having to continually confront challenges when under-equipped and uncertain in our ability to break through can take its toll. It can diminish our ability to succeed over time.

Resilience training makes a difference. It enables us to:

  • Develop ‘meta-awareness’ i.e. the ability to think about what we are thinking, and notice how our organisation functions.
  • Choose the stories we tell ourselves (and others).
  • Exercise behavioural choice and strengthen our ability to respond to, rather than react to difficult situations.

By equipping people with strategies like these, resilience training makes a difference to organisational and personal success because it prevents challenges from becoming toxic and allows us to continually use adversity as rocket fuel.

What difference might resilience training make to your organisation?

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Why invest in resilience training?

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Investing in resilience training is has a double whammy effect: you invest in the wellbeing of your team, and in the success of your organisation at the same time.

But how does building resilience in the team lead to a more prosperous business? 

To answer this, we have to first understand what resilience actually means.

Resilience is “a dynamic process encompassing positive adaptation within the context of significant adversity” (Luthar et al, 2000)

Resilience is about three things in essence: flexibility, change and learning in conditions that are not entirely of our choosing nor completely within our control. 

Organisations operate against a backdrop of adversity. That adverse context is life itself, with all its competition, unpredictability, gains and losses.

When an organisation invests in resilience training, it is investing in the teams’ capacity to:

  • Manage stress, i.e. avoid avoidable stress and mitigate against the rest.
  • Self reflect and adapt behaviours in response to the insights that reflection offers.
  • Invest in relationships by building awareness of the strengths and needs of ourselves and others. 
  • Gain leverage of strengths and attend to needs, with skill and minimal conflict.
  • Understand and be flexible with the narratives we create (or ‘stories’ we tell) about the situations we experience.
  • Take intentional action that is exploratory in nature.

By investing in resilience training, an organisation opens up its teams’ awareness to the vast resource for creativity, problem-solving, individual and group achievement and enjoyment that every member holds. 

The research based insights, practical strategies and the motivation to actively experiment with the learning that resilience training provides sets in motion a culture change. Change that will strengthen and grow your organisation from the core, outwards.

So perhaps the question, ‘Why invest in resilience training?’ is best answered with another question: Do you think you can afford not to?

Get in touch with our team today. We would love to help you strengthen and grow. Click here to sign up to receive a short .PDF guide to our resilience training.

What is Resilience Training?

When I’m connecting to people on LinkedIn and I tell them what I do, the first question people usually ask me is ‘What is Resilience training?’. I’ve noticed that every time I answer that question, I answer it in a slightly different way. Not because I don’t know what I am talking about(!) but because Resilience training could just as easily be called Life training; it encompasses such a lot.

All is Flux

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From the moment a person (or an organisation) is born, the only thing we can count on is change. Greek philosopher Heraclitus got it right when he observed “Everything changes and nothing stands still”.

Learning, growing, navigating choppy waters and dealing with outright catastrophes are just a few of the things we have to look forward to as we make our merry way.

One of the things about change that makes it so delightful is that very often:

  1. It springs forth at the time we least want it
  2. It comes in a form we least expect it
  3. It comes from a direction we least suspected it would come from.

In other words change, aka life, can be a bit of a bugger and our mission is to meet it on its own terms, as equipped as we can be to survive and succeed.

How Long is Resilience Training?

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When it comes to the length of your resilience training, what’s important is that it’s tailored to suit your budget, the learning needs we’ve identified together during our initial conversations and of course your preferred delivery method.

Lunch and Learn series can be ideal for teams who can’t be released from front line duties and whole or half day sessions can provide a more immersive experience. Residentials provide the depth and space that take your organisations enquiry into how to build Resilience to the next level.

Executive coaching for Resilience provides a flexible engagement option for those in senior management roles with little time to spare, who’d like to develop resilience in the context of their leadership practice.

Where can Resilience Training be held?

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Any training can usually be delivered on or offsite. Trainers are often available to travel, nationwide, if not internationally.

The Resilience training that we deliver is very flexible in terms of location. We have delivered in hotels, conference rooms, office canteens and even woods!

You might want to watch out for hidden costs like the trainer’s travel and accommodation. Some companies like to include that in their pricing, and some do not.

We like to keep things fully transparent and include VAT and any applicable expenses on all our quotes for training.

Why Get Resilience Training Now?

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More and more companies are starting to see the value of resilience type training. They are making the connection between the wellbeing of the team member and the wellbeing of the company, be it big or small.

We are excited to see this kind of training become more and more mainstream. We believe it is a key to organisational success.

Resilience and wellbeing are interrelated themes, that applies as much to people as they do to organisations. They both focus on strengthening capacity to thrive despite change and on building knowledge and internal resources to enable this.

In the last 18 months we’ve experienced a steep uptick in demand for Resilience training across a tonne of different sectors; engineering, regulatory bodies, education, housing, and retail companies are all now on our books. The companies vary from pioneering micro-companies to global retail chains such as Specsavers. We love hearing our clients feed back the benefits that Resilience training is bringing to their teams.

What are the Benefits of Resilience Training?

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Research undertaken by Shawn Achor with KMPG has shown that by fostering social connections, optimism and an enhanced understanding of stress, every measure of organisational success (productivity, sales, career progression, the list goes on…) is boosted. Put simply, Resilience training translates into competitive advantage.

These impacts are powerful but they are not quick fix silver bullets. At the heart of resilience training is the understanding that culture change and habit formation are needed to embed resilience deep within a company.

Resilience training makes companies grow. We are excited to be part of this movement which is affecting businesses worldwide. It really is a shift in the right direction.

If you want to hear more about the resilience training we offer, start by watching our one minute video here, it will give you a preview of what our Resilience training explores. Any questions? You can click here to contact us.