This study demonstrates that a short-term resilience-building intervention can assist build employee resilience – even during downsizing. Shane Rogerson and colleagues Rudi Meir, Zac Crowley-McHattan, Kathryn McEwen and Rachel Pastoors assessed the impact of a 5-week resilience program comprising one session per week of one-hour duration. was based on the Resilience at Work (R@W) Scale (www.workingwithresilience.com.au). The five modules included an introductory session to the concept of resilience, strategies to build resilience within the seven components of the R@W Individual Scale and practical homework exercises. Participants were 28 employees within an Australian power distribution company that was undergoing significant change.
This was a rare controlled workplace intervention with a control group. The R@W Scale was electronically administered pre and post intervention. The results indicate that the training programme improved self-reported employee resilience.
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Rogerson, S., Meir, R., Crowley-McHattan, Z., McEwen, K., & Pastoors, R. (2016). A randomized controlled pilot trial investigating the impact of a workplace resilience program during a time of significant organizational change. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(4), 329-334. Doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000677