Why You Will Need a Resilient Workforce in Today’s Economy

Posted on December 7, 2009


MIT Professor Yossi Sheffi extended the resilience concept to business continuity initiatives in his 2005 book The Resilient Enterprise.

Dr. Sheffi analyzed how disruptions can adversely affect the operations of corporations and how investments in resilience can give a business a competitive advantage over entities not prepared for various contingencies.

Business organizations such as the Council on Competitiveness have embraced resilience and have tied economic competitiveness to security.  The Reform Institute has highlighted the need to enhance the resilience of the supply chain and electrical grid against disruptions that could cripple the U.S. economy.  Many corporations are adopting resilience and business continuity initiatives and sharing best practices.  Many experts and leaders see resilience as a vital component to a comprehensive homeland security strategy.

Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that not all catastrophic events can be prevented and a focus on response and recovery is needed.*

The real question however may be whether or not we are focusing on resilience with regard to external factors or occurences while perhaps overlooking the internal resilience of individuals within our own enterprise?

Over the past few weeks we have discussed the impact of the economy on individuals within the workforce, and the growing cynicism of corporate motives that has accompanied the steady decline of the cradle to grave security that was for many years the hallmark of being a company man or woman.  This raises the question is corporate resilience aligned with individual employee resilience?

Joining me to talk about this fascinating and even worklife-altering segment is the author of “Managing Employee Stress and Safety” and renowned expert in the stress management and resilience field for over 25 years, David Lee.

David Lee, Author and Workforce Resilience Expert

About David:

David Lee is the founder of HumanNature@Work.  He is an internationally recognized authority on practices that optimize employee performance, and has worked with organizations and presented at conferences both domestically and abroad.  He is the author of Managing Employee Stress and Safety, as well as over 60 articles that have been published in trade journals and books in North America, Europe, India, China, and Australia.

He has held positions as clinician and trainer int he healthcare field and as a supervisor and trainer in the corporate world.  He has worked in the stress management and resilience field for over 25 years.  His program, “Becoming Resilient” has been aired on public radio several times.

Go to HumanNatureatWork.com for dozens of articles on how to optimize employee and organizational performance, including: “Are You an Upper of a Downer to Others,” and “Keeping Morale High in Difficult Times.”

Remember to use the On-Demand Player below to access the Live broadcast of “Why You Will Need a Resilient Workforce in Today’s Economy,” which airs on December 9th between 12:30 and 1:30 PM EST.

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* Source: Wikipedia