I hope you sang the title like the song?
I’ve written before about where my interest in wellbeing and resilience stems from. I continue this, as I think my “fall” was avoidable. I clawed my way back to health, learnt a lot about the topic on the way and set out on a mission to do all that I could to prevent others experiencing that difficult journey. I am quite open to the fact that I am not perfect. I still learn new ways my body tells me to slow down...and create new coping strategies! This post explore a new tool to measure resilience.
Firstly, what I think about resilience. Shock! – it has been a dirty word for me! My impression of the word used with people has previously been that it sounds like you’re tough, hardy, impenetrable, and has started to become the latest “fad”. In reality it is about being flexible and adaptable. We fall over sometimes but our strength is in how we take a different perspective, reflect on the situation, learn and move forward with new awareness. You could even say it’s the speed with which we bounce back. So, despite not liking the name, I love the content of this new tool!
The Wellbeing Project have created a psychometric report on Workplace Resilience And Wellbeing. It is the first of its kind in this space. It is an individual report with huge versatility. Collated results can be used to review resilience of teams, leaders and whole organisations. I jumped at the chance to become an accredited practitioner and trained up last week. I was joined by a fantastic group of other (now) practitioners, from a range of backgrounds, with similar stories of personal low resilience or wellbeing that had raised their enthusiasm for the tool.
Much of the content I have already been working with as I have learnt about it. However The WRAW index has captured it into really simple terms, with a clear model and a very easy to use framework. There are five pillars cutting across Energy, Future Focus, Inner Drive, Strong Relationships and Flexible Thinking. The measure is built from answers to a series of questions from subsections of the above, showing individual resilience in each area. An overall valid and reliable WRAW index and impact score is produced, demonstrating how your resilience affects your wellbeing. The scores determine strengths in each area, as well as detail on how you respond to changes in your environment e.g. how you are impacted by events and situations. Versatility comes from using it to bring teams together to review their reports, providing the opportunity to open up powerful conversations on how they can support each other to monitor and manage wellbeing and resilience, potentially developing co-created plans to work by. Together in the training group, we collaborated on creative ways to facilitate teams to do this, often using simple existing tools in a different way. My thinking continues in this area and I have lots of exciting ideas to implement in up-coming group workshops.
I see it having the potential to be highly effective when used with leaders, and organisations. A leader can have a specific report tailored around the resilience of them and their team; including how they are impacting that. As a leader or Wellbeing Specialist, you could then review how to better support your teams. Another level up, an organisation can get that overarching view of where they are doing well and what gaps there might be, again strong valid research to use in designing company wide interventions to raise the game on employee support systems.
When people choose to use it, it is going to provide a strong focal starting point for coaching conversations in this area. Having your own report in front of you with the summary of your answers to questions around the key pillars, means the thinking process has started, ahead of the session. I am very excited to get going with this tool! More details can be found at https://wrawindex.com/what-is-wraw/
In summary. Want more bounce in your life? get the report and let’s get working on some strategies together.
Sheela Hobden is a Coach at bluegreen Coaching. Following her own mental health battles, she now coaches individuals, runs training sessions and speaks at conferences. She helps others get productive, search for their “it” or get their mojo back to find more in life and work. She has a PGCERT in Business and Personal Coaching, holds ACC member status with the ICF and is CIPD qualified.