By Dara Flynn
The ability to cultivate resilience is not only a necessary life skill but one that is highly valued in professional circles.
That’s according to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs 2023 report which found that resilience, flexibility, and agility are essential within the workplace and seen as highly desirable soft skills by employers.
Being stoic is one thing, but what happens when workers start relegating their personal needs to second place for the sake of the business and benchmark themselves against unreasonable parameters?
Enter toxic resilience, an insidious trend that has infiltrated the workplace and is leading to increased levels of burnout, particularly among female employees.
In workplaces that carry a grind culture, toxic resilience can thrive and could be in part due to years of toxic positivity and a “roll with the punches” attitude that’s communicated by HR, management or simply through a company’s core image. It can have many side effects.
Anxiety, depression, under-performance, hopelessness, detachment and isolation are common emotions felt among the toxically overstretched. A global survey of 22,000 Gen Z and Millennial workers in 44 countries found that nearly half feel stressed or anxious all or most of the time.
What’s more, women are more likely to suffer given the increased demands placed on them by still-unequal domestic workloads and the “motherhood penalty”.
And while remote working helps resolve certain work-life balance issues, it is remote workers who are most at risk of a sense of isolation, particularly in the absence of a wellbeing-oriented, communicative management or HR structure.
Toxic resilience is a top-down issue
The panacea isn’t all in the hands of the sufferer, who may be encouraged to focus on improving their mental health through lifestyle changes such as yoga or a Betterhelp subscription. Many argue that management has to do its bit.
Managers who practise toxic resilience themselves can set an example and normalise it for the lower ranks. HR departments also could be better equipped to recognise when a star performer is drowning..
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Thermondo was founded in 2012 to advance the energy revolution with innovative heating solutions. Its Python-based backend is the backbone of its operation across Germany and key to the digitisation of the energy business. As Senior Software Engineer, your job will be to work in small teams on independent projects alongside your non technical colleagues. You will analyse our business needs and implement solutions while maintaining a high quality standard and developing at startup speed. You will have the freedom to use any tools and resources to achieve your goals. See the full job description here.
Senior Key Account Manager, UKI, Airbnb, London
Airbnb is changing, and seeking an experienced Key Account Manager to elevate its Enterprise and Connectivity partnerships. You should ideally be brilliant at managing strategic partner relationships, devising and implementing strategies for growth, and ensuring Airbnb's status in the industry. You'll be responsible for a portfolio of partners, with whom you will foster relationships, and analyse data for growth. A minimum of eight years in connectivity and strategic partnerships is preferred as well as API integration experience, account management, and the chops to manage complexity. French proficiency is a plus. While based in London, you’ll be travelling about a quarter of the time. Find out more at the Euronews Jobs Board.