Toronto – November 28, 2018 – Multi-Health Systems Inc. (MHS) announced today the release of its new talent assessment tool – the Hardiness Resilience Gauge (HRG). Organizations can use the Hardiness Resilience Gauge to identify leaders and help employees manage stress in the work place and avoid professional burnout.

Hardiness is defined as a set of characteristics that influence how people see the world and make sense of experiences, especially disruptive or stressful ones. Psychologists and researchers began studying hardiness in the hopes of identifying the characteristics of people who remain healthy and perform well when faced with stressful circumstances.

“In today’s modern workplace, employees face innumerable sources of stress, which can take a significant toll on not only their ability to perform in their role, but also their physical health,” said Dr. Steven Stein, a clinical psychologist, and the founder and Executive Chairman of MHS. “We have found that hardiness works best as a protective factor when all scores are balanced with one another.”

The Hardiness Resilience Gauge, which is comprised of a set of multi-dimensional questions that aim to determine three facets of hardiness:

  • Challenge: defined as a positive appreciation of change and variety in life, a desire to be adventurous and explore, a motivation to learn and grow from failures and the ability to be flexible and adapt.
  • Control: defined as the belief in the ability to influence outcomes and that managing life is always possible.
  • Commitment: defined as the sense of meaning and purpose in life that comes through things like family, work and friends and the ability to assess and stay motivated.

Originally, hardiness was thought to be a personality trait that remains unchanged throughout a person’s life. Today, however, it is considered a coachable set of qualities that can be improved with The Hardiness Resilience Gauge.

“Training and coaching will play an important role for an organization looking to build hardy leaders and teams,” said Hazel Wheldon, Chief Executive Officer of MHS. “Hardy leaders are able to perform effectively in stressful situations and are more likely to facilitate a sense of cohesion within their teams, meaning individuals are able to adapt to stress better and are more resilient to change.”

The HRG was initially developed by Colonel Paul T. Bartone, Ph.D., whose research has focused on understanding and measuring resilient or “hardy” responses to stress, identifying underlying biomarkers for resilience, and applying this knowledge to improve selection, training and leader development programs. Grounded in over 30 years of research and development the HRG provides valuable insight into an individuals’ level of hardiness and ability to cope with stressful and unexpected situations.

About Multi-Health Systems Inc. (MHS)

A leading technology company focused on innovative digital delivery of scientifically validated assessments and data analytics for more than 30 years, Multi-Health Systems Inc. (MHS) serves clients in corporate, clinical, educational, public safety, government, military, pharmaceutical, and research settings. With offices in North America and partners around the world, MHS is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and communities through technology. MHS has developed leading products such as the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0®), the Conners™ suite of ADHD assessments, and the Level of Service™ suite of assessments.

MHS has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies since 2013 and Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures since 2016. For more information about MHS, please visit www.mhs.com.

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