Oct 01 2016

A healthy, energised and resilient workforce is key to achieve sustainable high performance reduce absenteeism, and give you the ability to attract and retain top talent.

A certain level of workplace pressure is normal and actually really beneficial for performance.  We are all unique so the level of pressure we can handle will be different for each individual.

But in today’s world, demands have never been higher!

The workplace can often seem like an emotional roller coaster. Long hours, tight deadlines, lack of job security and financial concerns and ever increasing job demands can create excessive psychological and physical pressures that negatively impacts health, energy and job satisfaction.

Sustained and ceaseless pressure results in stress, which always causes a drop in performance. This can then contribute to stress-related staff absence and increased turnover of staff.

Whilst every organisation has its own unique set of work pressures to manage, the effects of excessive pressure are the same for all. 

So what can be done to help increase employee resilience, i.e. increasing our ability and capacity to manage and recover quickly from pressure?


Our habits are the biggest driver for our resilience to pressure. There are many parts of our life where our habits can have a positive or negative effect on our resilience.

Here are some of the key areas to consider:

How we manage our mind, thinking and emotions are key habits for mental resilience

Our evening habits help us to unwind from the stress of the day and play a key role is our sleep quality

Almost essential as sleep, a daily relaxation habit is key to reduce stress and support mental resilience

Mindfulness habits allow us to be more present in each moment and research shows mindfulness is one of the most beneficial strategies to reduce stress and increase resilience

The right morning habits set the tone for your day and kick starts your energy for the morning

Smart working habits allow us to maximise creativity and performance, whilst making work more effortless

Our nutrition habits help us achieve optimal energy and play a key role in our health and resilience

With today’s sedentary lifestyle, exercise habits are key to reduce stress and increase resilience

Wednesday 2nd November is national Stress Awareness Day so now is an ideal time to address the impact of workplace stress.


Dr Elisabeth Philipps PhD


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