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The role of workplace learning in building a resilient workforce

Published by: TELUS Health,

Resilient workplace cultures are key for success in the new world of work. To attract and retain top talent, your workplace culture needs to be inclusive and diverse. Crucially, it should be a mentally healthy and supportive environment for all employees, one that celebrates individual and collective success.

The importance of building a resilient workforce

In order to overcome and adapt to new challenges in an ever-changing business environment, your organization needs to have a resilient workforce. A resilient workforce responds to obstacles and overcomes barriers in order to achieve your business goals. Employees that are part of a resilient workforce are able to work together as a team to further your company mission.

Researchers observed that better team resilience has a positive relationship on both team cohesion, cooperation and performance. Workforce resilience has a positive impact not just on individuals but on productivity too.

Resilience ultimately comes from your workplace culture. It is critical to create a workplace that provides employees with the resources and support they need to be mentally, physically and financially healthy.

Even the most promising professional will fail in their goals if they do not have a supportive and respectful environment to work in. Reaching your vision for the future requires a mentally healthy workplace that is diverse, inclusive and equitable.

According to LifeWorks’ Mental Health index, nearly one-in-five Canadians resigned from their job during the pandemic due to increased mental stress and strain at work. In the UK, more than one-third of Britons are considering leaving their job or are unsure. Those with poorer mental health are more likely to report leaving a job they are happy with for a salary increase. This research demonstrates that workplace culture and mental health has a profound effect on retention rates and job satisfaction.

However, it is not enough to simply hope for a healthy workplace. Attitude and behaviour changes resulting from widespread workplace learning programs are needed to achieve a positive workplace environment that supports your employees.

The role of workplace learning

Creating a healthy workplace and resilient workforce comes from those in leadership positions. A 2020 review of workplace resilience found that leadership is one of the key factors determining team resilience. In order to enact real change in your organization, leaders need to be equipped and empowered to lead the transformation of your workplace culture.

To put employee mental health first, leaders need to have structures and policies in place that allow them to help those in need. Training is key to furthering the skills and abilities of your leadership while also shaping attitudes and behaviours. To enable growth and move towards a more resilient workplace culture, workplace learning programs are essential.

LifeWorks Learning offers a number of solutions that can help strategically shape attitudes and behaviours that build resilient workforces and set organizations up for long-term, sustainable success. One example are programs focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I).  DE&I modules are intersectional, designed to combine diversity, equity and inclusion training with mental health awareness training. The micro-learning format allows individuals to approach workplace learning at their own pace, improving comprehension and retention.

With training programs ranging from DE&I to core leadership skills, mental health awareness and more, LifeWorks Learning is your partner in building a resilient workforce. Check out our learning programs and reach us to get started today!

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