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[Press Release] Resilience: From Coping to Development

Resilience: A new training tool for Irish Employers.

Since the economic downturn, managing stress in the workplace has become one of the biggest challenges facing employers. Luckily, a new training tool Resilience, developed over the past two years, will help teach employers how to deal with stress and promote positive mental health among their workforce.

The idea for Resilience arose in response to what major Irish employers discussed at the AHEAD ‘Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace Conference’ in January 2010. Acknowledging the importance of work in people’s lives, employers were concerned about retaining staff in an environment where they were expected ‘to do more with less’. The outcome of the conference was to create a practical support that employers could use for dealing with change as it happened in the new economic environment.

The Resilience trainingtool has now been developed by the AHEAD Willing Able Mentoring (WAM) Programme in conjunction with psychologist Loren Duffy. The programme, which is provided through a series of workshops, has already been rolled out this year and received very positive feedback from employers in the WAM Employer Network.

Ann Heelan, Director of AHEAD says

We all know stress is on the increase and this tool will really help staff to navigate a very demanding and changing world. AHEAD is very happy with the response from our Employer Network to the Resilience Tool.

Loren Duffy, Psychologist believes

Fostering resilience can be a key tool in organisations for managing employee wellbeing and performance in difficult times. Many people today find that the nonstop stresses of bad news and problematic situations are exceeding their capacity to cope. Resilience helps people to adapt to new circumstances and bounce back from challenges, despite adversity. Thankfully the skill of resilience can be learned by anyone, rather quickly.

The AHEAD WAM Programme will host a stand at the Business in the Community Ireland Workplace Day in the O2 on Tuesday, 11th October 2011 from 11am to 12.30pm. At this stand, employers will be able to learn more about Resilience training and how it can benefit their organisation.

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