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Resilience during Covid-19 

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Case Study - Building a Resilient Culture

With the arrival of Covid-19 and employees working from home many people are experiencing higher levels of stress. At the same time businesses need to keep their companies operating so they can supply their customers and employ their staff. Few people are prepared for such a disruptive event. As leaders and staff try to juggle the many aspects of their new life: health, well-being and performance all may suffer. Leaders more than previously need to be skilled at building  resilience for both themselves and their people. Here is how I am now working with organizations to help their staff increase their collective resilience.

Virtual Workshop

This 1 hour workshop draws upon

30 years of academic research and helps people understand the difference between disruptive events in their lives and the reactions which elevate their stress. Staff learn research based tools and methods to increase their sense of control, decrease their anxiety and adjust to working from home. 

In a virtual workshop staff will gain insight into their personal resilience profile and discover how to deal with the massive changes we are all facing in our work and in our homes. 


As a participant, you will:​​​

  • Understand the difference between disruptive events and your personal stress

  • Learn about how and why adversity can lead to individual and organizational growth

  • Learn how stress is created and what resilient people do to decrease it

  • Learn the results of your resilience assessment, a measurement of eight dimensions of resilience

  • Share stories about challenges people have overcome in the past, how they did it, and what they learned from the experience (in Zoom breakouts of 4 people)

  • Create  your Virtuous Cycle of new habits and routines for working from home

How to Cascade Resilience

1) “Each One Teach One” (time required by each leader: three 30-minute team sessions)

  • Each month for three consecutive months, leaders receive a seven minute video with facilitation questions on key topics from the Resilience Workshop that are relevant to their teams

  • Leaders play the video to their teams and facilitate a discussion based on three questions: How does this content apply to you? Apply to us as a team? How could we implement this as a group?

  • Benefit:  this is a simple process to use; it develops direct reports by creating a common language, mindset, and approach to apply the resilience tools deeper and broader in the organization

​2) Accountability and Best Practice Call (time required– one hour)

  • 60 days after Step 1 “Each One, Teach One” is implemented, Nick partners with HR to run a one hour accountability and best practice call for the leaders

  • Each person answers three questions (approximately five minutes per question)

    • What actions have I taken?

    • What happened as a result?

    • What have I learned that I will take forward?

  • Benefit: this step increases personal motivation to take action; create a sense of progress; helps people learn best practices from their peers

3) Measure Results

  • 10-12 months after Step 2 is completed, leaders retake the Challenge of Change assessment​

  • Benefit: the re-test provides a quick way to gauge personal progress and motivates people and the organization to make changes


To inquire about Nick doing this session for your organizations send us an email admin@nicholaspetrie.com