Developing Healing-Centered Workplaces in the Chicago Region
COVID, social justice issues, violence, poverty, structural racism, political unrest and the tragic loss of family and friends expose thousands of Chicagoans to trauma and toxic stress on a daily basis. These ongoing traumas impact the success of individuals and their employers.
As Chicago reopens and the “War for Talent” heats up, it is the perfect opportunity for employers to learn and lead by adopting trauma-informed strategies and resiliency practices to support their workforce in returning to the office and retaining their employees. Workplaces that acknowledge this challenge and implement healing-centered practices not only become more equitable, they also realize improvements in employee attendance, retention, productivity, and satisfaction.
The Chicago Resiliency Network is working with employers across the region to create workplaces that are better for employees which is better for business. We do this by bringing companies together to engage, learn and accelerate progress to improve equity, strengthen organizations and drive business results.
Importantly, this effort supports the City and its implementation of the Chicago Recovery Task Force, which calls on Chicago to “address new and old traumas” as one of its five core priorities.
Success will require deep and active engagement from the business community. The Chicago Resiliency Network seeks to make sure that engagement becomes a reality. You can read more about the Chicago Resiliency Network here.