Exploring and Encouraging Resilience
We are living in a time of exponentially deep challenge and change – life has moved from simple to complicated, to complex! Systems have moved from linear to dynamic – and multi-dimensional! The pressure is on for you and your team.
This site is dedicated to sharing what I have been discovering about resilience, personally and corporately.
I wouldn’t know how to lead any other way. I see too many examples of organizations going through crisis and falling from the stars as they either ignore values altogether, or have them hanging on the wall, but never calibrate or align organizational behaviours and decisions with them. Values are the pillars that support the mission and vision. They are the essential element for sustainability of ANY organization, and they facilitate the optimization of performance and fulfillment. Reflect for a brief moment and several organizations will come to mind that cheated on values and are now either gone or remain as only a shadow of their former self.
Let’s speak frankly…
Worse than lacking organizational resilience, our individual resilience is also under attack – many of our workplaces are killing us.
One in five adult Canadians (21.3 percent) will suffer a mental disorder in their lives This figure translates into 4.5 million people. Anxiety disorders and depression are the most common. Approximately 2.5 million Canadian adults or over 10% of the population 18 and older will have a depressive disorder. By 2020, depression will be the leading cause of disability around the world. (Canadian Mental Health Association)
Statistics Canada found that lost productivity from presenteeism was at least 7.5 times greater than productivity loss from absenteeism and that it is estimated that presenteeism costs Canadian businesses 15 to 25 billion dollars per year. Presenteeism occurs when employees are physically present, but due to an unaddressed physical or emotional issue, distracted to the point of reduced productivity.
For an average company of 500 employees, untreated depression alone costs $1.4 million in lost work days and lost productivity annually, and this does not include the costs related to bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders. (Vancouver Board of Trade – “Psychologically Healthy Workplaces: Improving Bottom Line Results and Employee Psychologically Well-Being”) That’s $2800/ year / employee…do the math for your organization. This does not include the soaring legal costs as people leave (sources suggest more than 700% increase over the past 5 years!).
Why are people experiencing anxiety, depression and burnout at work?
In short – many of our workplace cultures have become toxic. Many of the behaviors that are commonplace in our workplaces are unnecessarily aggravating mental illness, and it is becoming a exponential problem, and what’s worse is that statistics reveal that the number of people suffering anxiety and depression has doubled in the past 5 years.
Here is a link to fuller list of statistics.
Values-based leadership and healthy corporate culture have never been a nice-to-have options and the evidence is clear: we ignore the rising tide at our own peril.
There is good news!
There is a way to ensure 100% accountability for all in the pursuit of the mission, vision, values, practices and protocols of your organization – a HEALTHY way…and one that generates a true compounding return on investment!
Improve communication, improve engagement and retention of employees, improve productivity, reduce legal costs and costs associated with health and insurance benefits – and feel better as a values-based leader…all at the same time. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. It is even logical, and I promise you that this is fully possible.
If you would are willing to engage this leadership challenge, I would be honored to work with you. Check out my blog for tools, stories (and the occasional video) on resilience and leadership. Or drop me a line here and let’s talk.
– Alan Mulally
President and CEO,
Ford Motor Company