One of our core values at Cognacity is to have evidence-based interventions. It is very important to us to make sure that we live up to this value, including the research we put into producing content for our blog. Our core Resilience Workshop, ‘Performance Under Pressure’ has been delivered to over 2,000 employees in two years but, does it make a difference?
When we deliver any resilience workshop, we aim to make a meaningful difference to our clients, and not do things just because it ‘feels right’. As a result, we are always interested in monitoring not only the experience our clients have when they engage with our services, but also to ensure we deliver the intended outcome.
On both the individual coaching and resilience workshop fronts we have received glowing feedback regarding our ‘Performance Under Pressure’ programmes with 98% of attendees indicating that they would recommend the workshop to a friend or colleague. However just because people enjoy what we offer does not automatically mean that it will make a difference to their lives.
We therefore involved the ‘Recovery from Work’ team from the Department of Psychology at University of Surrey to conduct research on one of our international projects. This project was delivered to a major corporate client in nine countries over a period of 18 months.
The University of Surrey carried out an independent online assessment before each workshop in order to assess certain factors which are important for employees to recover from high pressure work environments. They followed this up with a reassessment 6-10 months after the workshop to determine if the workshops had any impact on the attendees.
The study (n=227) found that our workshop attendees had significantly lower levels of chronic work related fatigue at the time of follow-up, in comparison to a control group which was assessed during the same points in time (p=0.017). They also found a meaningful decrease in the workshop attendees’ levels of affective rumination (i.e. the intrusive negative thoughts about work) which plays a significant role in developing stress (p=0.059).
True to our values, it was good to see the objective third party findings that our workshops are not only evidence-based, fun and informative to attend, but it is also making a meaningful difference to our clients’ lives.