resilience in business operations

Building a Resilient Business: Navigating Challenges and Uncertainties

In an era where many businesses primarily prioritize financial performance, the recent global crisis highlighted the vulnerability of supply chains, healthcare systems, and critical infrastructure.

McKinsey’s survey reveals that only 28% reported an improved competitive edge, prompting a critical examination of the resilience quotient.

Building a resilient business involves more than adding new elements. It involves a different business approach and model – one that has space for complexity, uncertainty, interdependence, and long-term perspective. 

Table of Contents:

I. What are the Benefits of Resilience?

II. Challenges to Building a Resilient Business 

III. Key Strategies to Navigate Challenges and Build Resilience

IV. Conclusion

What are the Benefits of Resilience?

Resilience offers several benefits for a company, especially when it faces unexpected stress or difficulty.

Below are the major benefits of cultivating resilience within a company:

Threat Recognition

The first benefit is that it enhances the ability to identify threats or potential threats earlier. This may not reflect immediate gains in efficiency or output, but it can reflect when a company gauges its resilience. It also leads to benefits in the following periods.

Optimizing Responses

Resilience improves the company’s ability to respond to or make it through stress or shock. This happens through being more prepared as well as through a more agile response.

Efficient Recovery Time

The company can recover from stress quicker, recognizing what needs to be adjusted to regain the level of operation it had before the stress. This can be put into effect promptly.

Enhanced Well-being Post-Adversity

After the stress, the company ends up healthier and more ready to face its environment after the stress has subsided. This leads to a marked change in value and performance after the recovery phase.

Challenges to Building a Resilient Business

Resilience can be defined as a company’s ability to absorb stress, recover critical functionality, and do well in a changing environment. It is particularly essential today because the economic environment is increasingly unpredictable and subject to change. 

Whether it’s technological advancement, the closer integration of the global economy, climate change effects, social tensions, or cyber risk, nothing can be taken for granted. 

Below are the major challenges to building resilience in business operations, which are explained below:

Short-Term Gain Focus

Most companies are geared towards increasing dividends and equity value to boost shareholder value. While many businesses focus on short-term returns, they do not try to gauge resilience.

On the other hand, resilience requires sacrificing some output or productivity today for sustainable performance in the long run.

Chasing the Illusion of Stability

Companies are geared towards chasing stable strategies. These are successful when things are clear, predictable, and unchanging. However, resilience involves being prepared for what can change and result in substantial effects, even if it’s unknown and improbable.

In most corporate models, the company is considered in isolation, without fully accounting for the economic and social interconnections with stakeholders around it. 

On the other hand, resilience is about systems – a company’s resilience is shaped by its supply, customers, and social systems that it relies on.

Limitations in Risk Management Approaches

While many companies perform risk management, this is predominantly geared towards identified and material risks. Resilience has to be open to unidentified risks: it must prepare a company to absorb stress from the environment and even turn the challenge into an opportunity.

Key Strategies to Navigate Challenges and Build Resilience

Below are the key strategies to effectively navigate challenges and fortify your business with resilience:

Diversity

Diversity protects systems against unexpected occurrences, even if it means sacrificing short-term gains or output. This can be done by having multiple avenues of production or multiple elements to achieve the same goal.  

This allows for diverse responses to a change in environment and prevents the system from falling apart, even if it lacks the neat efficiency of uniformity or standardization. 

This also necessitates creating an environment that allows for different approaches or ways of thinking. 

For instance, this could include providing opportunities for employees to diversify their skillsets and improve internal mobility in your company. With KITABOO’s interactive K12 solutions, you can enrich your training material and track performance with analytics.

Compartmentalization

This allows a single element to be set aside without the entire system falling apart, even if it makes the organization’s design less cohesive. Since it can be split into smaller parts, each with its characteristics, it can be renewed more easily in times of change.

Adaptability

This is a business’ capacity to change and evolve to meet new circumstances and needs. This often takes place through trial and error, along with a screening process to identify the strategies that deliver best. 

To build an adaptive business, it needs to be flexible and not just focused on stability and minimizing change. 

Continuous workforce learning allows your employees to update their knowledge and upgrade their skills regularly to adapt to a changing market. KITABOO’s training solutions feature not just audio and video but 3D tutorials, simulations, gamification, assessments, and more.

Prepare for the Worst

This means abiding with precaution on the basis that if something could feasibly take place and preparing for the eventuality in case, it does. This means having a backup or contingency option as well as tests for possible events with a serious impact. 

This could include planning scenarios and keeping an eye on early signs as well as potential vulnerabilities.

Systems-Thinking and Collaboration

Aligning your business aims and working with surrounding systems contributes to its resilience. After all, a company is a part of a supply chain, a business environment, an economy, and a society. 

This also helps make sure that the company does not get into major opposition with its social surroundings, leading to undue friction and difficulty. 

Collaborating with other stakeholders is a great way to improve shared resilience, access capabilities you lack, and share assets. You can expand your digital presence and connect with interested stakeholders through digital publishing. KITABOO’s digital textbook platform allows for interactive digital publishing, delivering content compatible with multiple devices.

Conclusion

Implementing resilience in business operations goes beyond mere consideration; it’s about integrating diversity, adaptability, compartmentalization, and proactive preparation for potential challenges. 

If you’re interested in customized training solutions and seamless K12 digital publishing, KITABOO can help. Its interactive training content will help you develop a motivated and resilient workforce. Additionally, their digital publishing platform empowers you to establish a robust online presence and expand your network.

Write to us at KITABOO@hurix.com to learn more!

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Vishal Dani

Vishal Dani

Vishal is the Senior Vice President and Head - Cloud Platforms & Technology at HurixDigital. He leads the product development group and technology solutions.