The pressures of our environment can foster positive results; we raise our game, feel motivated, energized and fulfilled. Adversely, we can become disengaged, stop caring about our contributions to our team, customers and even our health and happiness.
Gallup reports that 65% of workers are disengaged. That means that only about one third of your workforce is driving your company forward. More engaged employees leads to substantially better results. It’s a fact.
According to Gallup
Companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share and realized:
There are many causes of disengagement and there’s no easy fix. Companies have to be dedicated to engaging employees and offer training that gives them opportunity for self-reflection.
Today’s world is fast paced, continually changing and highly pressured. The use of technology has improved our lives in many ways but has also increased our ability to blend work and our personal lives. In fact, technology has made it easy to respond to work emails 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the corporate world, quick responses and always being available is often rewarded. While the company rewards you, your personal life suffers and feelings of resentment start to creep in.
Change is the only constant.
We hear that phrase and nod our heads in agreement. Yet when change happens in the workplace, employees react emotionally (and these typically aren’t positive emotions). Change can derail us from focusing on our work and cause us to be unproductive. If employees don’t have the skills they need to bounce back from change, they can end up mentally unfocused.
It’s been said that high emotional intelligence is more important than IQ. For high performance and productivity, employees need to be emotionally self aware and able to manage their emotions. If employees don’t have emotional intelligence, work relationships can suffer, teams can be dysfunctional and ultimately work becomes worse than high school!
So, how do you teach employees to thrive through this high pressured, fast paced and continually changing environment?
Teach them the skill of resilience.
Most health and wellness programs only take into account the physical dimension, such as nutrition and fitness, and ignore addressing thoughts and feelings that stand in the way of making health changes. Resilience training addresses the physical dimension only as a way to support high performance as opposed to making it the main focus.
Our days can be filled with many emotions, both positive and negative. How often have you seen (or sent) an email that was emotionally charged? What about managing employee conflicts where emotions run high? Emotional Resilience is about self awareness, self management and self confidence.
For high performance, we need a strong mental focus. Unfortunately, the working world is full of multi-tasking prompts that cause us to split our focus and underperform. We also have an internal dialogue that can hinder us from growing professionally and personally.
How you fuel yourself, your quality of sleep and movement patterns can either support your resilience or undermine it.
This dimension explores your compelling WHY. This is similar to a mission or purpose statement when you answer "what or who is most important to you". By understanding your compelling why, you can align your performance and engagement to what matters most to you.
Everyday Resilience is unlike most corporate trainings you’ve had. It offers a multi-dimensional approach, addressing the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual dimensions of participants. Let’s face it…we all want to build emotional intelligence, sharpen our mental focus, be physically well and have a clear sense of purpose, right? Honing these skills can help your employees engage in what matters most to them and lead to high performance.
As humans, we are multidimensional and need to understand what drives our engagement, and what disrupts and derails it. In this training, your employees will gain an understanding of their biggest gaps in resilience and individually commit to an action plan to fix the most important one.
One hour course delivered in person or via webinar: This one-hour course gives a high level overview of the 4 dimensions of resilience: mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. We discuss the key concepts related to resilience, have participants increase awareness of their resilience levels and commit to one small action step.
4-hour in person or virtual delivery (4 one-hour sessions): This training session dives deeper into each dimension of resilience. The participants will create specific strategies to be resilient in each dimension. They’ll tie it all together at the end and create a detailed action plan to change the desired behavior.
8-hour in person training: This training provides a deeper assessment of current resilience levels. It includes an understanding of the change process, the power of purpose and habit and a guided workout. All of the day’s learnings are reflected upon and participants find the specific habit they want to incorporate into their lives through a detailed action plan.
Sustainability tools: We know that getting back into the real world after a corporate training can derail even our best intentions. To continue the message of resilience after the training, we offer an email series and/or group Master Class. These sustainability tools give learners time to put the training into practice and help them through any roadblocks.
Everyday Resilience will help your employees become focused, engaged and energized. They’ll discover practical strategies and create valuable habits leading them to live an engaged life.
Amy Grazen develops and facilitates resilience trainings for companies across the U.S., including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC (BCBSNC), GSK and Allstate. She has 25 years of experience in corporate health and education. Amy has a B.S. in Exercise Science and Health Education from Penn State and a Masters in Teaching from Manhattanville College.
Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband Greg and their three children. Amy and Jen met while Amy was conducting Resilience training at BCBSNC. They hit it off and decided to partner to get the message of Resilience out to more companies.
Jen Arnold is the owner of Redesigning Wellness, Inc. She has both a B.S. and M.S. in nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian. Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, son and dog. For more details, visit the About page.