As part of our ‘Building and Embedding Resilience’ miniseries, PrOPEL Hub knowledge exchange fellows Dr Nicola Murray and Dr Helen Fitzhugh explore what is meant by resilience and why it matters.

The concept of ‘resilience’ has been in the spotlight lately as organisations navigate the numerous challenges thrown up by the COVID pandemic. However, despite all the attention, it can still be tricky to figure out what exactly is meant by ‘resilience’ – particularly from an organisational perspective.

The truth is that there are lots of different ways of thinking about resilience. In these four mini concept videos, PrOPEL Hub Knowledge Exchange Fellows Dr Nicola Murray and Dr Helen Fitzhugh explain some of the more common ideas behind resilience, alongside some of its lesser known aspects, highlighting key considerations for businesses in the process.

The relationship between individual and organisational resilience 

Dr Nicola Murray explores the relationship between individual and organisational resilience and shares some workplace and people management practices that can help build resilience at an individual, team and organisational level.  

Transformational resilience in the workplace 

Dr Nicola Murray explores the idea of transformational resilience where organisations build the capacity to capitalise on challenging situations. She shares key considerations for leaders and managers who are looking to enhance this type of resilience in their businesses.  

High reliability organising and workplace wellbeing

Dr Helen Fitzhugh gives her impression of how organisational behaviours that are said to support resilience against the unexpected often overlap with behaviours known to improve workplace wellbeing.

Anticipation and adaption – two approaches to resilience

Dr Helen Fitzhugh helps to highlight two different ways of approaching organisational resilience depending on the nature of the business environment.