Navigating Uncertainty: Resources on Resilience

Since the pandemic we know that mental health has been at the forefront of employee’s minds. Now, with increased global turmoil, it seems that tension may continue to affect our lives and our work. When so many factors and influences are outside of our control, how do we continue to navigate the challenges and uncertainties of a changing world?

In the dynamic landscape of today's professional world, resilience has emerged as a crucial skill, empowering individuals to navigate challenges and bounce back from setbacks. It includes the ability to adapt, learn, and grow in the face of adversity - an essential quality in the supportive workplace we strive to cultivate at VCU. This collection of resources is curated to aid you and your colleagues on the journey to building and sustaining resilience in the workplace.

For Employees

When faced with a world where feelings of uncertainty and tension are increasingly commonplace, how do we equip ourselves to work and live in this environment? These resources can help employees build the skills necessary to navigate changing times with an increased sense of empowerment.

For Managers

Managers are tasked with supporting their teams through challenges and uncertainty, while at the same time navigating these difficulties themselves. The following resources share ways that managers can build on their own skills in resilience and leadership to support their teams during periods of heightened stress.

VCU Resources

Particularly in uncertain times, VCU's health and well-being resources are here to help you learn, heal, work and live. 

  • Ramstrong is your one-stop-shop for VCU health and well-being resources. Explore resources, upcoming events and past event recordings from the eight dimensions of well-being: physical, emotional, financial, occupational, intellectual, environmental, social and spiritual. 
  • Having a bad day? Feeling like you would feel better if you were able to have a short conversation with a trained counselor? Try TimelyCare! Services include 24/7 emotional support, scheduled counseling, health coaching and self-care content.
  • An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available through all state health plans. Specific benefits vary by health plan, but include up to four sessions at no charge for such services as mental health, alcohol or drug abuse assessment, child or elder care, grief counseling and legal or financial services.
  • Covering a variety of topics, work/life resource playlists available in Talent@VCU are a collection of online videos and short courses to support employee well-being in and out of the workplace.

Immunity to Change

The Immunity to Change™ (ITC) approach is designed to help individuals, teams, and departments make changes that are important to them but have proven resistant even to thoughtful plans and heartfelt intentions. Through this approach, trained facilitators lead individuals and groups through a series of steps unique to the ITC methodology. The methodology is grounded in research from Harvard University, and was originally brought to VCU in 2018 as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE-VCU grant. 

For questions or to request services, email Penny McFarline at or Dr. Maike Philipsen at

Psychological Safety Course

Psychological safety refers to the belief that it is okay to respectfully express ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes without fear of punishment or ridicule. VCU's Integrity and Compliance office provides training for teams interested in learning more and building the capacity for psychological safety within their group.

For more information or to schedule a session for your team, contact Integrity and Compliance at