“I have been on many leadership programmes and this was by far the most valuable development process I have ever gone through. I found it extremely thought provoking and had a very positive experience! My report was extremely insightful and a very accurate reflection of me. I have already started applying some of the insights to help handle a challenging situation I am currently facing.” – Country CEO… Read More»
I was honoured to be featured by Profile Asia as a guest blogger, sharing my insights on this topic and drawing on their recent survey data which revealed 45% employees feel leaders’ response has amplified their stress levels.
In the blog post, I consider the business case for tackling stress and share some practical actions that companies can take.
Austen Advisory were delighted to partner with PWC’s Sean Maywood on a webinar for The Whitehall & Industry Group. Listen to the recording of our interactive webinar where we explored:
- A shared understanding of what we all mean by resilience and why it is so important
- Drawing on a case study at PwC, the types of resilience initiatives other organisations are putting in place and how you can implement them in your own organisation
- How companies can use scientific measurement tools to take focused action on the degree of stress and build resilience
Feel like you need a little help building the reserves needed to not only survive, but thrive, through difficult times?… Read More»
Is your organisation equipped to adapt positively to the COVID-19 outbreak?
At Austen Advisory, we draw on years of experience of helping organisations across the world build resilience. In response to the global pandemic, we aspire to help businesses and their people transition from a surviving to a thriving state as quickly as possible. To that end, here are 4 of our solutions that are aimed at evaluating, building, growing and developing employees.
It should be part of the normal management system of most organisations much as reward or health and safety are today. Sadly and misguidedly, identifying stress and building resilience is a rare topic in many boardrooms and is often only dealt with in an ad-hoc and inconsistent way after a crisis has happened. Many managements now need to exercise their proper duty of care for the mental health and wellbeing of their employees particularly with regards to identifying and quantifying the level of stress they are under and their levels of resilience to handle it.… Read More»
Why focus on resilience?
Addressing workplace stress is a leading challenge for most organisations. Resilience is the antidote to stress.
Resilience enables people and businesses to bounce back quickly from demanding situations and sustain high levels of performance under pressure. When resilience is low, employee wellbeing suffers, toxic environments prevail and businesses are faced with massive costs e.g. through lost productivity, turnover, poor decisions, absenteeism as some examples.
Progressive employers are taking action to create healthy working environments and mitigate stress. The best companies recognise that to have meaningful impact, a systematic and targeted approach to improving resilience must be taken.… Read More»
Or perhaps you’ve been feeling guilty about not replying to an email, even though replying would only take 5 minutes.
Recognise this?… Read More»
Interesting article in the UK Guardian today about the sheer scale of burnout. It makes the important points:
1) For individuals, symptoms go unrecognised until people are near crisis point and recovery will be a much longer process and;
2) We need to think in a systemic way and see burnout experiences as symptoms of an ailing organisation rather than as a sick individual
AURA is a new tool to address both the above, enabling organisations to assess resilience levels, identify problem areas and remediation action and monitor. For full details, visit aura.austenadvisory.com
Leaving aside its long term impact on the health of individuals, stress can induce irrational and dangerous behaviours that can threaten the well being of organisations. Numerous business failures have been caused by a lack of appreciation of its cancerous impact which may sometimes be an inherent part of the particular business system, consequence of poor management, or both. It is also too often the main reason for organisational ineffectiveness, high staff turnover, or both. Sometimes this unawareness has led to mental breakdown of those involved, or worse, leading to recriminations around ‘why did you not tell us?’ or ‘How could we not know?’… Read More»