Why top organisations are investing in resilience training

Domains of resilience

The Resilience Institute’s recent three-year study of 16,000 employees at 250 companies found resilience training helped foster staff engagement and improved wellbeing.

One employer, a major Australian bank, saw staff engagement levels soar from 11% on the Hewitt Engagement scale to an industry benchmark of 55% in just two years after completing resilience training.

Building resilience in employees and leaders, Founder of The Resilience Institute Australia, Stuart Taylor says, is the key to organisations creating a sustainable high performance culture. He believes resilience is more than a person’s ability to bounce back from adversity, it’s also their ability to reframe the situation, recover with optimism and to reach their full potential.

After a cancer diagnosis where he was only given two years to live, Taylor walked away from his corporate job to create performance and leadership training organisation, The Resilience Institute Australia as it was the key to return him to good health.

Twelve years after his cancer diagnosis, Taylor now delivers resilience training to major corporations, including NAB, BP, PwC, GE, and government to improve their workplace performance.

Taylor says organisations are now catching on to the importance of building resilience as the solution to workplace dissatisfaction, staff engagement and, ultimately, employee retention. “To paraphrase Harvard Business Review, more than education, more than experience, more than training – it is resilience which makes the difference between success and failure,” he says.


  1. Stay in the present and when you lose your calm, exhale – “when in doubt, breathe out”. Stress exists when you perceive a gap between a challenge and your ability to reach that challenge. A resilient person will either reframe the thought to improve perspective or return to the present and seek help to resolve the threat.
  1. Invest in yourself. Exercise 20 minutes for most days of the week, catch the sleep wave before 10.30pm most nights and get up at the same time 7 days a week, consider a relaxation practice and never miss breakfast. A resilient lifestyle is key to building ‘match fitness’ for business.
  2. Be optimistic: practice mindfulness. A resilient leader is able to view their world with a mindset of realistic optimism. It’s very difficult to consider your thinking style with a busy, frantic mind. So, the starting point is practicing mindfulness for 1 minute, 3 times a day through slow, focused breathing.

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