OW SERIES: Day 29 – A sense of coherence
Do you know what it means to have a “sense of coherence”? In psychology, it is a characteristic of people who are healthy, live longer, are happier in the different spheres of their lives and perform better at work. People with this characteristic are defined as follows:
– they perceive the world as understandable
– they have confidence in their resources (physical, psychological, social…) to cope with difficulties
– they assign meaning to events
Originating from salutogenesis – a disruptive way of thinking which focuses on promoting what is good for us rather than on relieving sources of tension – having a sense of coherence relies upon an individual making good use of their available resources to overcome challenges and maintain their wellbeing.
To prepare for the return to work, I encourage you to harness 3 simple resources which cost nothing but will add great value to your teams: listening, supporting, and meaning-making.