Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about resilience training and coaching. If you can’t find the answer to your question please do get in touch.

What is resilience training?

Resilience training refers to training programmes that support individuals, leaders and teams in the development of mental, social and emotional strength. Resilience training with us is designed to help people build the ability to adapt and remain engaged with change, regardless of whatever life throws at them.

Can resilience be trained?

Resilience can be developed through training and coaching focusing on areas including emotional, cognitive, mental, physical, and social resilience. To maintain resilience in the long run, you need to build resilience habits into your daily life and resilience training from a quality provider helps you do this.

Is resilience a skill?

Whilst we all have an element of natural resilience that we are born with, learning skills that build habits over time improves your resilience now and in the future. At the Resilience Development Company we focus on building skills across 8 key competencies.

1. Self-awareness
2. Self-regulation
3. Mental agility
4. Self-efficacy
5. Psychological safety
6. Optimism
7. Building on strength
8. Relationships

How do you build resilience in a team?

Our experience shows that to build resilience in a team you must start by building resilience in the individual members of that team. To truly remove the barriers to engagement and productivity, team resilience needs a shared common language and skill base that gives the team new ways to move forward on old challenges. Unlike other team development programs, our methods go beyond simple strategies and nice to know theory. The team gain a skills base of tools and techniques that reduce stress, build trust and leverage diversity and strength.

Why is resilience important in the workplace?

Many workplaces are asking people to “do more with less” in a fast paced, constantly changing uncertain environment.This increases the chances of stress, burnout, presenteeism and low levels of employee engagement.
Since the pace and intensity of contemporary work culture are not likely to change, it’s more important than ever to build resilience skills to effectively navigate your work life.

Is all resilience training the same?

The short answer is no. Unfortunately resilience has become a buzzword and some people have simply renamed old stress management courses as resilience. Others offer resilience training that consists of theory taught classroom style in a half day to full day workshop. Many measure success based on a happy sheet rather than individual and organisational outcomes. We would always encourage you to compare and contrast different providers on the value they bring rather than the initial cost. Ask to see case studies of previous work and for introductions to other clients. Many of our clients come to us having experienced “resilience training” and immediately see a stark difference in both our approach and results.

Is resilience just about bouncing back?

Resilience is so much more than bouncing back from stress and adversity. Our clients have seen that developing resilience with us enables teams and leaders close the gap between good and great. We know that seeing resilience just as bouncing back is “old school.”

What are the business benefits of building resilience?

At The Resilience Development Company we don’t quote what’s been achieved in a study. We work with you to measure the return on investment in your organisation in the form of higher productivity, lower absenteeism and decreased turnover as examples. Our website has many case studies to highlight the many and different business benefits of building resilience.

Do we need resilience if we’ve already invested in Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Heath First Aid courses help raise awareness of mental illness, enabling people to support others when developing a mental health problem. Wellbeing and resilience are important in preventing the onset of mental health problems as well as potentially lessening the severity of existing mental health problems. Many of our clients build on the positive step of Mental Health First Aiders in the workplace by working with us to develop resilience across the rest of their people.

I’ve had mindfulness training. Do I need resilience?

The benefits of mindfulness are both well-established and wide-ranging. Studies on subjects ranging from college students to Marines have found the practice reduces stress and leads to higher levels of well-being. That said, mindfulness is only part of the answer when considering overall resilience. For example,

Mindfulness skills takes a great deal of practice to reap and a sustainable benefit. Resilience skills are immediately applicable.

Mindfulness focuses on the present moment in a non-judgemental way. Resilience requires much more. For example, future focused, relationship and emotional skills.

We’ve focused on wellbeing initiatives, do we really need resilience?

People need the skills to move beyond wellbeing towards resilience. Most wellbeing initiatives in the workplace tend to focus on tangible, easy to see initiatives like yoga, walks, massages etc. The danger is that whilst these initiatives help they do not tackle the real pain points of what makes people ill at work and run the risk of shifting the emphasis from employer to employee.