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Resilience and stress management amongst corporate security managers: a hybrid approach to thematic analysis

Sami Rahman (School of Human and Social Sciences, University of West London, London, UK)
Moira Cachia (School of Human and Social Sciences, University of West London, London, UK)

Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management

ISSN: 1746-5648

Article publication date: 12 February 2021

Issue publication date: 21 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the experience of stress by national corporate security managers in the United Kingdom and how they manage it.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative approach was adopted where in-depth semi-structured one-to-one interviews with 22 male participants were conducted as the method of data collection. This was analysed using hybrid thematic analysis.

Findings

Three overarching themes were elicited, namely: “Resilience”, “Synergy” and “Work/life balance”. The outcome showed that stress management by security managers is moulded by an interaction of various facets, with an emphasis on “resilience” having 66% of content occurrence, a factor which complements and enriches the job demand–control-support (JDCS) theoretical framework (Johnson and Hall, 1988).

Practical implications

The paper argues the importance of the interaction between resilience and the dimensions of the JDCS. The research indicates the interaction is important in how practitioners can develop interventions in reducing stress in the workplace.

Social implications

This research outcome implies that employees in managerial positions should be provided with resilience assessment and training to enhance their job effectiveness and well-being. Resilience needs to be recognised as an important trainable skill and stress management training should emphasise the enhancement of resilience.

Originality/value

This type of qualitative investigation on the lived experiences of stress management and how this affected one's resilience's in a high-stress industry is innovative as past research is mostly quantitative.

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Citation

Rahman, S. and Cachia, M. (2021), "Resilience and stress management amongst corporate security managers: a hybrid approach to thematic analysis", Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 299-314. https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-10-2019-1837

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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