Building Resilience in Organizations

Why is it that in the face of significant challenges some employees remain strong and take things in stride, while others struggle or even crumble under the stress the challenges present? The answer is that some employees are more resilient than others.

Although the general concept of resilience has circulated in casual conversation for a long time, its presence in corporate hallways and meeting rooms is a new development. It might come as a surprise to learn that the evolution of the resilience concept didn’t grow out of organizational behaviour or management, but out of the world of developmental psychology. Developmental psychologists have long studied why some children, who grow up in very difficult conditions, such as those involving poverty, abuse or neglect, are nonetheless able to thrive when so many of their counterparts succumb to their less-than-ideal circumstances and end up damaged or poorly-adjusted. Today, managers are interested in understanding how they can capitalize on what developmental psychologists have learned in order to foster resilience in their employees and organizations. They need to succeed in the face of difficulties such as cost-cutting, downsizings and ever-intensifying competitive pressures.

Get your FREE trial now!

Start your free 14-day trial now to read this story and

Make. Work. Better.

Already a subscriber?

Reuse and Permissions: While social sharing is permitted, unauthorized reuse or republication of any and all content is strictly prohibited. To discuss re-use of this material, please contact: copyright@yourworkplace.ca ; 877-668-1945.

Dr. Jamie Gruman

Written By

Dr. Jamie Gruman is Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the University of Guelph’s College of Business and Economics. He specializes in human sustainability and productivity in the workplace, and recently published the book, Boost.

Share

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Related Posts

Your Workplace is a premium source of leading-edge content to help you create a thriving workplace where everyone wants to work.

Contact Your Workplace

Tel: 613-549-1222
Toll Free: 1-877-668-1945
Contact Us

Whoa! Don't Go Yet

Sign up to receive free leading-edge content about people at work.