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ERIC Number: EJ913535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0787
What Helps and Hinders Workers in Managing Change
Butterfeld, Lee D.; Borgen, William A.; Amundson, Norman E.; Erlebach, Anne C.
Journal of Employment Counseling, v47 n4 p146-156 Dec 2010
This research responds to calls for increased understanding of workers' experiences of their work and work contexts. Informed by positive psychology, this study focused on a seldom-studied subset of working individuals who self-identified as doing well with change affecting their work and on strategies that helped or hindered them in doing well, factors that would have helped, and their experiences of change within the context of volatile and changing work situations. Using the enhanced critical incident technique methodology, the authors extracted 790 incidents from 45 participant interviews. These data were organized into the following 10 categories: support from friends and family, support from colleagues, support from professionals, personal attitudes/traits/emotional set, self-care, internal framework and boundaries, taking action, skill/role competence, management style and work environment, and personal life changes/issues. The implications of these categories for research, theory, practice, and organizations are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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