What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability to adjust to, and cope with, adverse situations and effectively recover back to a place of wellbeing.

How can I better understand and build my own resilience?

Personal i-resilience report

Robertson Cooper's i-resilience tool is a personality-based questionnaire that enables you to receive a personalised i-resilience report. The feedback will inform you how your personality is likely to influence your personal resilience (coping with and bouncing back from setbacks) both generally and in a range of workplace situations.

To complete the questionnaire:

  1. Go to the Robertson Cooper i-resilience tool and complete the registration form. 
  2. You will be taken to the questionnaire which will take about 20 minutes to complete. 
  3. Once completed, you'll be able to download your report. You will also be able to access the i-resilience portal which provides supporting information and resources to help develop your personal resilience.

This report is completely confidential to you.

Workshops and e-learning

The University offers a range of workshops and e-learning that can help develop skills and behaviours to support you to improve your resilience.

As a manager, how can I help my team's resilience?

The first thing to note is that resilience should sit alongside effective approaches to proactively limit stress in the workplace. It is not about ensuring that people can endure stressors that could and should be addressed. You should also refer to the stress management section for more information.

At an individual level you can encourage and support individuals to engage with the activities to build their resilience earlier in this section. The use of coaching techniques can also be useful to build individual confidence and ability to meet future challenges.

There are a number of workshops and e-learning modules in Staff Learning including 'Building and leading a resilient team' you may find useful. If you feel you need further support in this area, you can contact the Organisational Development team who can discuss further options with you.