Download ([PDF]) Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology…What does an office look like? For people who telecommute, their workspace may be adapted to fit their lifestyle. In July , Yahoo! Among her many decisions, in February , Mayer announced that employees would no longer be allowed to telecommute. Telecommuting is representative of many management innovations that have been made in recent years, largely by tech companies. Telecommuting reflects a belief on the part of companies that employees are responsible, self-motivating, and perhaps work best when they are left alone.
The Basics of Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Industrial-organizational psychology is the branch of psychology that applies psychological theories and principles to organizations. Often referred to as I-O psychology, this field focuses on increasing workplace productivity and related issues such as the physical and mental well-being of employees. Industrial-organizational psychologists perform a wide variety of tasks, including studying worker attitudes and behavior, evaluating companies, and conducting leadership training. The overall goal of this field is to study and understand human behavior in the workplace. You can think of industrial-organizational psychology as having two major sides. First, there is the industrial side, which involves looking at how to best match individuals to specific job roles.
Humanitarian Work Psychology pp Cite as. Industrial and organizational I-O psychology, as a profession, stands on the verge of a new practical application of its expertise: the challenge of the reduction of world poverty. I-O psychology has developed a series of theories and methodologies that have altered the world of business and the working lives of millions over the course of a century. As a science, I-O psychology progressed as all science does: in incremental steps, each step building on the progress of the one just before it. We believe it is time to take the next leap, to become more international in our thinking and to apply our expertise to solve one of the major global problems of our time: poverty. In order to move forward, we must first look carefully at our history so as to use the gains we have already made to take our next and possibly greatest step. We see I-O psychology as perhaps the foundation stone of humanitarian work psychology, but also recognize that its own development has been influenced by other areas of psychology, and indeed by other disciplines Berry et al.