2015 Arlington, Va. – Greenleaf Integrative announced that it had completed a major assessment for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The assessment, which is available to the public, is a detailed report on Stress and resilience issues affecting USAID personnel in high operational stress environments. It includes findings, analysis, evidence base and recommended actions for mitigating USAID’s workplace stress burden.
The report, authored by Greenleaf CEO Dr. Siddharth Ashvin Shah, lead researcher Lee R. Briggs, and other Greenleaf team members, details the manifold causes and consequences of stress within institutions operating in a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous), as well as a range of best practices that could mitigate stress throughout the enterprise. USAID faces challenges that are not unique; increasing workplace stress is part of a larger trend affecting many international humanitarian actors, as well as other high operational stress industries such as hospitals, law enforcement, and even the corporate sector. Accordingly, this report was commissioned in line with a heightened recognition that employers working in the humanitarian space need to fortify how they seek to prevent, and intentionally respond to, the psychosocial difficulties many staff are facing.
Dr. Siddharth Ashvin Shah, CEO, said “The crisis in stress and community resilience among frontline civilians is real, and it has critical implications. As detailed in our report, this crisis is part of a larger problem for all organizations operating in this delicate space. By investing in this report, USAID has shown its commitment to support the wellbeing of those who work in places of crisis and instability.”
The entire report, along with annexes (glossary, supporting research and survey results), is available on USAID’s database here.
About Greenleaf Integrative
Founded in 2008 and based in Arlington, Va., Greenleaf partners with people and organizations to substantially improve the way we all respond to significant work and life challenges. Greenleaf serves a range of organizations, many of which operate in highly demanding environments. Their clients rely on Greenleaf’s proven skills, techniques, processes and tools to fortify the emotional state and brain health of employees, enabling them to achieve significant improvements in resilience, culture, productivity, human interactions and leadership capacity.
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