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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

On-line version ISSN 2071-0763
Print version ISSN 0258-5200

Abstract

LEASK, Cristy  and  RUGGUNAN, Shaun. A temperature reading of COVID-19 pandemic employee agility and resilience in South Africa. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2021, vol.47, n.1, pp.1-12. ISSN 2071-0763.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v47i0.1853.

ORIENTATION: Employee agility and resilience are central to the flourishing of employee and organisational life. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic amplified stressors and added new challenges for employees in South Africa. The study reported here provides a temperature reading of the agility and resilience of South African employees in the context of the pandemicRESEARCH PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to engage in a temperature reading of South African employees' agility and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemicMOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: The study was motivated by the need to understand how South African employees fare in terms of their agility and resilience levels in the context of profound social and economic disruptive events such as the COVID-19 pandemicRESEARCH APPROACH/DESIGN AND METHOD: A cross-sectional survey design was used employing quantitative methodologies. A total of 185 permanently employed respondents from South Africa were conveniently sampled. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyse the dataMAIN FINDINGS: Whilst respondents reported high resilience and agility capacity, the findings also suggest that respondents' gender, age, upskilling intentions, size of employer, organisational communication and individual renewal strategies influence their resilience and agility behavioursPRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS: The study prompts a discussion on how practitioners can better serve the wellness agenda of organisational life during sustained periods of organisational stressCONTRIBUTION/VALUE-ADD: This study extends the theoretical and practical debate on employee agility and resilience in South African context

Keywords : employee agility and resilience; COVID-19; South Africa; impact of COVID-19 on employees; gender; COVID-19 impact on organisations.

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