Resilience is regularly mentioned as a source of business advantage and individual wellbeing, so it is important to understand what the term means and how HR professionals can boost employee resilience. This guide will help you consider what you need to do to support your employees and organisation to be more resilient.

What is resilience?

Resilience is an individual’s ability to recover from or stay well in the face of adversity. In a work setting, this translates into an employee having ‘the capacity to thrive, rather than just survive, in high stress environments’ (see CIPD research for more detail). So, resilience helps employees adapt, cope, and respond positively to stressors in the workplace.

Resilience can also be viewed at an organisational level, where it includes not only the individuals within the organisation, but also the processes and culture those individuals work with/in. Organisational resilience looks at how well the organisation can ‘weather the storm’ or adapt to the challenges it faces.

Building upon CIPD research, this guide offers advice on how HR professionals can support resilience at both individual and organisational levels. This includes:

  • planning resilience interventions
  • supporting line managers to boost resilience in their teams
  • providing training to support individual resilience.

Download the guide to find out more

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