At Goldman Sachs, the training programs have been introduced in the framework of psychological resilience. The approach is aimed at managing stress in a way that allows one to avoid burnout and ‘stay in the game’.
The article in Business Insider discussing the above also included an opinion by Laura Putnam, the author of the book Workplace Wellness That Works, that the word ‘resilience’ might not have the same stigma as the term ‘stress management’. The article went on to paraphrase Putnam, saying that most of us assume that stress-management means ‘taking ourselves out of the game’ or out of high-performing environments.
Now, resiliency programming, which includes lectures and one-on-one coaching, happens year-round at Goldman Sachs offices across the globe. Overall, more than 5,500 employees participated last year.
Taking oneself out of the game was presumed to be ‘not something that appeals to most investment bankers’. The author wrote that the goal of resiliency is figuring out how to remain in that competitive environment and perform at one’s best.