Building Resilience at Work

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Kathryn McEwen Australian author

  • Building Resilience at Work
  • Building Resilience at Work
    Based on sound psychological theory, this practical, easy-to-read book provides a proven path to self-help in developing personal resilience.

148 pages
ISBN: 9781921513831

Our resilience, or capacity to bounce back and even thrive in pressured times, is critical in workplaces today. With higher workloads, declining resources and frequent change, together with the hectic pace of personal lives, resilience is almost a key to survival.

While strategies to build resilience have long been of interest in the arenas of parenting, education and disaster recovery, less focus has been placed on how these ideas can be translated into building resilient workplaces.

Resilient people are more optimistic, adaptable and independent. They are also better at solving problems and have sound levels of self-control. Resilient teams have similar characteristics, and find it easier to rebound from setbacks and adapt to change and pressure. All of these characteristics can be developed.

Based on sound psychological theory, Building Resilience at Work is a practical and easy-to-read book providing a proven path to self-help in developing personal resilience.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - Exploring resilience: Understanding the journey

Chapter 2 - Reframing problems: Developing the right mindset

Chapter 3 - Embracing life: More on mental toughness

Chapter 4 - Investing in self-care: Getting the body right

Chapter 5 - Rejuvenating the body: More on physical endurance

Chapter 6 - Channelling emotional energy: Achieving emotional balance

Chapter 7- Creating positivity: More on emotional resilience

Chapter 8 - Achieving purpose and meaning: Getting the soul right

Chapter 9 - Living in balance: More on getting the soul right

Chapter 10 - Sustaining resilience: Continuing on the journey


"We are fortunate to have had Kathryn provide her enlightening training workshops at BreastScreen SA for many years, so I am delighted that her simple but thought-provoking messages and strategies are now available in this easy-to-read book, Building Resilience at Work. I love the bounce-back activities; simple exercises that help you to look at your own attitudes, behaviours and reactions, encouraging you to learn from the bad, enhance the good, and look after yourself on the journey. The ‘happy birthday strategy’ to diffuse negative thoughts is my personal favourite; it’s simple and it works!"
- Georgina Upton, Manager, Radiographic Services, BreastScreen SA

"This book is a clear and concise guide to the practical and theoretical aspects of maintaining workplace wellbeing. Particularly useful are the wide range of tools that can be applied as a self-help exercise for guided support, and also for group exercises. Kathryn has pulled together a diverse set of interventions from her many years of experience and all credit goes to her for sharing the resources. Thanks Kathryn!"
- Karen Osborne, Organisational Psychologist

"Kathryn’s book, Building Resilience at Work, is like taking an everyday dose of work–life balance from an experienced and talented coach. It is a compilation of many of the techniques that have come from Kathryn’s expertise and years of experience in dealing with people in the workplace and the pressures they face. As a leader, or in any career, one of the greatest challenges that we will be faced with is dealing with other people. Kathryn’s book is a fantastic toolkit to support leaders as well as individuals, with practical examples of how to handle everyday situations step by step."
- Darlene Mattiske-Wood, Organisational Development, People’s Choice Credit Union