New research reveals five critical skills resilient professionals are mastering during the pandemic


Cover of the Global Resilience Report 2022

The 2022 Global Resilience Report outlines five critical skills that have supported the most resilient professionals during the pandemic.

The 2022 Global Resilience Report, which explores 60 resilience factors, should benefit organizations and leaders looking to improve their human development strategies, while mitigating the risk of disruption, talent loss and workplace volatility.

The study revealed the five critical factors that have supported the most resilient professionals during the pandemic. They are:

  • Sleep
  • Fulfillment
  • Bounce
  • Relaxation
  • Focus


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


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


Rebound 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 their rebound capacity and experienced significant gains in well-being.


Relaxation activates the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing calm, connection and focus. “Stress management is the area in which participants in resilience training programs gain the most, with a sample-wide increase in contemplation of 51% among men and 43% among women. .”


“Focusing on a clear objective is a prerequisite for flow and the resulting 500% productivity gain. If productivity is the goal, focus is the catalyst,” said Dr. Hansen. After resilience training, concentration increases by 10% in men and 11% in women.

Resilience and COVID-19

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

The 2022 Global Resilience Report includes additional information on Leadership Connection skills, gender, age, and a selection of board recommendations for achieving workplace performance 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 at request.

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

About Resilience Diagnostics

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

About the Resilience Institute

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

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