Putting the resilience back into Cheshire
Resilience has become one of the main traits employers look for in their existing and potential workforce. It is certainly the buzzword of our times. But what does it mean and how can individuals, teams and organisations develop it?
Throughout 2014, The Resilience Programme has hosted a series of free events at The Hope Street Centre, Sandbach with a view to sharing information about the biology of stress and how to recognise it, together with some simple tools that can be easily applied within the workplace to help people to help themselves and their teams. Local organisations from the public and private sector have joined in the conversation, and readily shared their experiences and techniques. There is a real sense of community building as people find common ground and look to support individuals within a variety of industries.
On Monday 27th October, The Mayor and Mayoress of Cheshire East attended the event, during which the Mayor gave an powerful speech about his own experiences of stress in the workplace, referring to stress at work as 'evil' and the lost time and productivity due to stress as 'wastage' for employers. The Mayor made an appeal for senior managers to become more aware of the significant human and financial cost that stress brings.
By developing enough awareness about the effects of stress and by teaching a common language with which to discuss it, The Resilience Programme has helped one Cheshire organisation to reduce absence relating to stress for 3 years running.
For free information and resources about stress and resilience visit www.theresilienceprogramme.com .
Another of the organisations represented at the event was Brightstone Clinic, which offers low cost counselling to local people. The statistics collected by the clinic provide evidence that even 6 to 12 sessions of counselling can have significant positive impact on levels of coping, increasing confidence, the ability to problem solve and reduce risky behaviour. Clients have also reported more feelings of hope, and a sense they have practical tools to take them forward into their future.