Occupational psychology

Occupational psychology is the study of human behaviour in the workplace. Occupational psychology is particularly associated with: employers’ recruitment selection methods (for example, selecting someone who is the right psychological fit for the job); improving productivity (for example, staff motivation); and employees coping with stress.


Research in occupational psychology shows that workers who scheduled time out from using smartphones had more positive moods than those who do not.

Web-based health apps, nudge theory and burnout: insights from occupational psychology

A recent occupational psychology conference covered topics including web-based interventions for mental health, taking time off from smartphones and workplace...

Rita Gunther McGrath speaking at the CIPD conference last week

CIPD Manchester 2014: changing perspectives

10 Nov 2014

Key lessons for employers to take away from last week's CIPD annual conference in Manchester highlighted by Martin Couzins...

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Employers that allow flexible working often have a better, stronger and more open relationship with their staff.

How psychology can make homeworking succeed

13 Jun 2014

The pros and cons of remote working have been widely discussed in the media over the last few years. While...

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Social Media Week: It’s time to for HR to get social

19 Apr 2010

Something like two-thirds of UK employers ban employees from online social networking at work. To some extent, this action is...

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AUDIO – Occupational Health interviews Prof Coggon

23 Jan 2008

Prof Coggon, president of Faculty of Occupational Medicine, explains why occupational health practitioners need to be concerned with employees’ ill...

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Coaching and counselling can be a dangerous mix

19 Jun 2007

There’s a danger that coaches could find themselves dealing with issues best handled by counsellors or psychotherapists. Anyone commissioning coaching...

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Psychometric specialist SHL reveals how character flaws inhibit e-learning prowess

4 Jun 2007

Some people’s personalities mean they will get very little from e-learning, according to research conducted by psychometric testing specialist SHL....

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A third of HR personnel fail to see the funny side at work as Personnel Today poll backs findings of Happiness Index

27 Apr 2007

Three in 10 people are unhappy working in HR, according to a Personnel Today poll. Ninety-three of the 305 respondents...

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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Fit for what purpose?

17 Apr 2007

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is widely used in training and L&D. But how appropriately?

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Transatlantic Olympic gold-medal rower James Cracknell reveals hidden depths explaining importance of mental strength to Personnel Today HR Directors Club briefing

17 Nov 2006

Rowing across the Atlantic pushed Olympic gold medal-winning rower James Cracknell to draw on reserves of mental strength he never...

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Boredom index puts HR just behind accountancy as exciting graduate career option

27 Jul 2006

Good news for HR as it gets labelled one of five least boring job options for graduates.

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Work Foundation survey shows that most people find work ‘stimulating and challenging’

19 Jul 2006

Meaningless jobs are a thing of the past for majority of UK's workers.

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Employers failing to engage employees with organisational goals

19 Jun 2006

Public sector employees are least engaged.

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Confidence on the couch

7 Feb 2006

Cognitive behavioural therapy is well established in psychotherapy circles, but it can also be used to great effect in the workplace, as Sally O'Reilly finds out

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Singing sandwich makes for festive feast

8 Dec 2005

Tesco introduces musical sandwich to brighten up desk-bound lunches.

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