We welcome Trina Schofield from My Mighty Mind to conduct a resilience workshop for members of our Business Council.

Following our very successful breakfast in late-April which addressed organisational resilience and the role of business leaders in driving resilient cultures, the Jobs Foundation welcomed Trina Schofield from My Mighty Mind to conduct a resilience workshop for members of our Business Council.

The session built upon the discussions had at our breakfast, with Trina leading us through the psychology of resilience and stress and its impact on individuals in the workplace, before providing constructive solutions for addressing, managing and tackling these problems.

Commenting that “stress is the norm rather than the exception”, Trina highlighted the prevalence of this issue, duly noting the need for leaders and employees to engage in self-reflection and locate the source of such strains to ensure greater harmony and productivity in the workplace. In the ensuing roundtable discussion, the words ‘competition’ and ‘comparison’ were echoed throughout the room, with attendees acknowledging the detrimental impact that this can have on individuals’ work rate and general wellbeing.

In a similar vein, the impact of mismanagement was disputed, with one member of the group raising the question of whether an organisation’s strong results justify a poor, or tense, work environment. As evident from the feeling in the room, there clearly seems to be a burgeoning consensus that business leaders have a strong obligation to their employees’ mental and physical wellbeing.

Finally, Trina led us through ways in which we can build our personal resilience and introduced us to her frameworks for embarking upon this journey. Whilst such a transformation cannot happen overnight, strengthening one’s personal resilience is overwhelmingly important, not merely for the impact that it has within the workplace. Any lack of self-belief can have a truly destructive impact on an individual’s life, which thus makes work like Trina’s even more important.

We hope to host more workshops like these in the future, so please do get in touch if this is something which you would be interested in.