Addressing Adaptive and Inherent Resilience - Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey
- Janis Davis-Street (Chevron) | Stephen Frangos (Chevron) | Brian Walker (Chevron) | Gregory Sims (Chevron)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility, 16-18 April, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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- Conference Paper
- 2018. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 7.2 Risk Management and Decision-Making, 6.3.3 Operational Safety, 6 Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility, 6.6.1 Integrating HSSE into the Business, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 6.6 Sustainability/Social Responsibility, 1.6.9 Coring, Fishing, 7.2.5 Emergency Preparedness and Training, 7 Management and Information
- crisis management, Resilience, emotional wellbeing leadership, Health Emergency Response, organizational individual factors
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Organizational resilience is an enterprise's capability to respond rapidly to unforeseen challenges, even chaotic disruption. It is the ability to bounce back with speed and effectiveness. Much of the organizational resilience literature focuses on crisis management, specifically the ability of organizations to rebound after chaos or in response to change and transition. Two types of organizational resilience have been described– inherent and adaptive resilience. Inherent resilience refers to dealing with routine challenges that organizations face, while adaptive resilience describes the response to crisis. Adaptive resilience can also be bolstered by inherent resilience.Methods, Procedures, Process
This paper describes how inherent and adaptive resilience were addressed in the response of a corporate medical department in a multinational oil and gas company to Hurricane Harvey, which hit the Houston area in August 2017. Additionally, it explores the value of resilience at the individual and organizational level in creating effective organizational cultures, and examines leadership behaviors that can support organizational resilience. We present a case study describing the role of occupational health and wellness programs in supporting Houston operations before, during and after Hurricane Harvey. To provide contextual information, interviews were also conducted to understand the perceptions of senior leaders about the importance of organizational resilience for their organizations.Results, Observations, Conclusions
Corporate medical teams participate routinely in emergency response and crisis management efforts. In addition to addressing medical and occupational health issues, health and wellness teams provide psychosocial and well-being support. Hurricane Harvey demonstrated the comprehensive nature of the adaptive response of a multinational oil company. Inherent resilience supports are routinely provided through individual, team and leadership resources and campaigns have been designed to provide peer to peer awareness. Insights into the organizational culture were provided through interviews with organizational leaders. Strong leadership was identified as necessary for dealing with the unexpected, and the ability to effectively respond to change. Organizational resilience was derived from organizational learning – with learning from normal work allowing organizations a chance to focus on proactively preparing for chaos.Novel/Additive Information
Employee well-being and engagement have been identified as core elements of building inherent resilience. Both elements are routinely measured as part of the company's global employee surveys. Indeed, well-being, as measured by employee self-assessment, is a major driver of engagement – a consistent finding in the last three global employee surveys. Organizations that provide employees with emotional well-being resources and remove barriers to resilience provide environments that can promote inherent resilience. Enhancing personal resilience as an important step towards developing organizational resilience may also contribute to the safety culture and safe operations, especially during times of chaos.
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