New Research Reveals Five Critical Skills Resilient Professionals Mastered Over the Pandemic

2022 Global Resilience Report Cover

2022 Global Resilience Report Cover

The 2022 Global Resilience Report presents five critical skills that supported the most resilient professionals over the pandemic.

The 2022 Global Resilience Report, which explores 60 factors of resilience, is expected to benefit organizations and leaders looking to improve human development strategies, while mitigating the risk of disruption, talent loss, and volatility at work.
The study revealed the five critical factors that supported the most resilient professionals through the pandemic. They are:

  • Sleep
  • Fulfilment
  • Bounce
  • Relaxation
  • Focus

According to the institute’s founder Dr Sven Hansen, sleep is “the lead factor for promoting resilience, well-being and good mental health.” The study highlighted that professionals who had undertaken Resilience Institute training programs experienced a 25% improvement in sleep quality during the study period (n=4,456).

“Loss of key talent is accelerating as millions of employees and professionals are using the disruption caused by the pandemic to seek more fulfilling work. Organizations that clearly articulate their purpose and consider the impact of business on all stakeholders are more likely to build a mission-driven, fulfilled workforce.” said Dr Hansen.

Bounce is the foundation of resilience that allows us to recover quickly after dealing with change and disruption. Professionals at the end of the study were equipped with a 53% increase in bounce capacity, plus experienced significant gains in well-being.

Relaxation activates the parasympathetic nervous system, enabling calm, connection and focus. “Stress mastery is the area of greatest gain for participants in resilience training programs, with sample-wide increases in contemplation of 51% in males and 43% in females.”

“Focusing on a clear goal is a pre-requisite for flow and the 500% productivity gain that follows. If productivity is the goal, focus is the enabler,” said Dr Hansen. After resilience training, focus increases by 10% in males and 11% in females.

Resilience and COVID-19
Asked about the impact of COVID-19 on resilience, Dr Hansen said, “We found that the onset of Covid-19 correlates with our lowest average global resilience ratios. Yet, the following six quarters correlate with some of the highest global ratios we have ever seen. Adversity stimulates us to bounce and grow.”

The 2022 Global Resilience Report includes additional insights about Leadership Connection competencies, Gender, Age and a selection of board recommendations for achieving performance in the workplace with care.

Request a copy of the report by emailing or calling +1 408 503 6250. Exclusive interviews with Dr Sven Hansen—or your local Resilience Institute representative—are available on request.

The 2022 Global Resilience Report report will be available from May 25, 2022, at

About the Resilience Diagnostic
Over the past decade, the Resilience Institute has analyzed data collected from 100,000 Resilience Diagnostic Assessments (RDAs) globally in seven languages. The Resilience Diagnostic is a peer-reviewed tool with proven reliability after five rounds of psychometric testing. Individuals who complete the assessment receive an interactive coaching report, while organizations receive group reports that provide deep insights into their team’s human strengths and risks.

About the Resilience Institute
The Resilience Institute is a purpose-driven, B-Corp certified (pending) research, technology and training company. Working with thousands of organizations globally, they understand how to measure and grow resilience skills at scale using a unique blend of live training supported by an innovative digital platform and the Resilience Diagnostic assessment. Established in 2002, the Resilience Institute relocated its headquarters from New Zealand to Switzerland in 2021. With an increasing demand for resilience skills globally, the Resilience Institute has expanded rapidly across Europe and into the North American region, where they support Fortune 500 technology, consulting, energy and healthcare organizations. Other Resilience Institute branches are located in the United Kingdom, South East Asia, China, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

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