Resilience

Personal Work Resilience is the individual capacity to manage the everyday stress of work and remain healthy

Personal Work Resilience is the individual capacity to manage the everyday stress of work and remain healthy, rebound, learn from unexpected setbacks, and prepare for future challenges proactively (Kathryn McEwen). Resilience at Work Scale (RAW-S) is targeted specifically to the workplace; it gives a simple and powerful guide both to areas of behaviours which are successful as well as sub-optimal behaviours to be modified and developed. Some description of resilience identifies it as a personality trait or genetic predisposition, but within the existential reality there is a view that resilience can also be conceptualised as a dynamic and interactive process. Such an approach views it as a function of individual conscious interaction with their external environment. This suggests that rather than being a fixed quantity determined by relatively unchanging genetic factors, resilience is malleable and as such is capable of development. It suggests also the possibility of being teachable. The RAW Scale shows and defines the inter-play between personal characteristics and the environment which develop work behaviours and climates that promote and support resilience.