In today’s employment marketplace, a poor hiring decision can prove to be a costly error for any company. The hiring process includes advertising for the position, recruitment efforts, time spent in interviewing and training, pre-screening testing (criminal background, drug and credit testing), and on-boarding procedures. Some statistics show that the average cost of replacing an employee equals 20 percent of the individual’s annual salary.
Community psychologists are public health professionals who work with groups and communities to promote wellbeing, empowerment, and social justice. Community psychologists focus on behavior and social issues within a community to prevent problems, build a sense of community, and ensure that community members have the resources needed. These efforts involve collaboration with community stakeholders, action-based research, advocacy, and consultation.
Industrial-Organizational Psychology pertains to the study of human behaviors in the workplace and maximizing the economic and psychological well-being of all employees. Psychologists in this field can be consultants, research scientists, practitioners or educators; they assess conditions, develop and implement interventions, measure interventions, and make suggestions for improvement relative to all phases of workplace activities.
Modern communication as we know it will be forever united by emerging technology. Communication methods are changing as technology advances to allow individuals to interact with one another online and share information almost instantaneously. Contemporary social interaction is primarily done on the internet through electronic mail and social networking – yet there are a variety of other aspects of social interaction that have undergone change.
A study by the American Psychological Association (APA) is reaffirming the critical role community-level psychologists and therapist play in the rehabilitation of adults and children who flee to the United States during times of war and civil unrest. While the nature of war has changed – terrorism and armed ethnic conflict is replacing organized military campaigns – the flood of refugees into the U.S. is undiminished. Each year, tens of thousands of refugees seek safe haven in America, and 40% of those refugees are children, according to the report.
A study in the Personnel Psychology Journal is shining new light on the subtle interactions between and among different demographic groups in the workplace. Specifically, researchers are discovering how the clustering of employees along demographic “faultlines” can have a positive effect on workers’ emotional well-being when managed properly with an organization’s overall diversity goals.