Managerial and Organizational Challenges
New Horizons in Management series
Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Cary L. Cooper
Chapter 9: Integrating Organizational and Behavioral Health Principles to Promote Resilience in Extreme Events
Brian W. Flynn and C. Frederick Lane INTRODUCTION The goal of this chapter is to provide information that will lead to the eﬀective integration of organizational and behavioral health knowledge and principles in the service of protecting, promoting, and sustaining health of individuals and organizations facing extraordinary circumstances. In this case, those circumstances involve a wide variety of emergencies and disasters. These may be naturally occurring (for example, ﬂoods, hurricanes) or technological (both intentional and unintentional). To reach that goal, the chapter begins by exploring key factors required to sustain and enhance organizations both in normal and in extraordinary circumstances. Exploration of behavioral health factors in the context of organizations follows. Once a basis for understanding and applying these principles and factors has been established, the chapter then continues with suggestions intended to enhance readiness, response, and recovery. This chapter attempts to unify organizational and behavioral health factors, elements, and considerations. In so doing, it attempts to provide practical information and suggestions as well as model this important integrated perspective. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? I’ve just survived a tornado. The only thing I care about is keeping my family together and getting on with our lives. What’s my job is the last thing on my mind. If a disaster wipes out my plant, my job is to get the plant up and going as quick as I can. If employees have emotional problems I would send 185 186 Building individual and organizational resilience them to the EAP [Employee Assistance...
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