From a qualitative exploratory approach, this research study sought to better understand the meaningful experiences of workforce reintegration among army reservists who returned to their civilian jobs following deployment to Afghanistan. Previous research demonstrated a focus of relevant studies in areas of post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as family and other aspects of societal reintegration. This study addressed literature gaps regarding how the social identity of army reservists is influenced during their civilian workplace reintegration experiences. Through semi-structured interviews, this research study aimed to understand the army reservists’ perspective and gain a depth of meaning beneficial to both, the military and civilian employers to better accommodate army reservists. Findings of this research study fill the literature gap regarding meaningful reintegration experiences of army reservists and how such experiences influence social identity. Themes that emerged from participant interviews include (a) disconnection with coworkers, (b) reconstructing a support system within the civilian workplace, (c) identifying purpose, and (d) the process of soldier to citizen re-assimilation. The researcher applied the theory of social identity to aid in identified themes of research participants. This study heightens the awareness of how social identity influences meaningful reintegration experiences of army reservists who return to their civilian jobs following deployment.
|Subjects||Management; Organizational behavior; Military studies|
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