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New guide looks at developing organisational and individual resilience
A combination of individual and organisational resilience is needed in today's tough economic environment if employees and the organisations they work for are to compete and prosper. This is the key message from a new guide, Developing Resilience, published jointly by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Business in the Community (BITC) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
Ben Willmott, senior public policy adviser at the CIPD, said: "Organisations face ongoing pressure to reduce or manage costs and in many cases to restructure to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Against this background, organisations need to remain agile which will depend on their ability to bring their people with them and support their wellbeing.
"This guide highlights what leaders need to focus on to build the organisational and individual resilience to compete and grow in tough times."
The guide's author, Emma Donaldson-Feilder of the wellbeing consultancy, Affinity Health at Work, said: "Resilience is now recognised as an important factor in the workplace. In the increasingly and endlessly turbulent context of today's working world, the resilience of both individuals and organisations becomes paramount in order to survive and thrive."
The guide, which is based on a literature review of the evidence, sets out a number of interventions that support individual and organisational resilience. It says:
Individual resilience can be supported by:
Organisational resilience can be enhanced by:
Louise Aston, workwell director, BITC, commented: "Taking a proactive, holistic and strategic approach to building organisational resilience, by creating the right conditions for the whole person to flourish in the workplace, is mission critical for driving sustained performance."
Dr Luise Vassie, executive director of Policy for IOSH, said: "This guide recognises that ensuring health and safety at work increasingly requires employers to focus on supporting the psychological wellbeing of their staff. This will give employees the resilience to perform under increasing pressure and against a background of constant change."
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