Sustainability and resilience are concepts that are often used interchangeably as part of the “post-COVID-19 workplace” discussion. At its core, each concept has a different meaning and their connection is an important consideration when updating business strategy and organizational design. We have learned that we cannot prioritize one over the other. How can organizations evolve to enable sustainability AND resilience?
In order to understand the relationship between sustainability and resilience, we must first understand the difference. Preparing for a sustainable future refers to how an organization meets its current needs, preserves the ability to meet those same needs in the future, and strengthens its operations over time. Resilience refers to an organization’s capability to prepare for future threats, absorb impacts, and adapt to the changes that occur after a disruptive event.