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.


Why we need imperfect leaders

As the UK welcomes a new prime minister, leadership styles are in sharp focus. Sharing imperfections and failures may be...

How HR can take the fear out of meetings

1 Jul 2019

It’s often assumed that HR professionals should be ‘good’ at meetings and be comfortable in any situation. But Jenny Bird...

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Teams of teams: a new era for performance management

17 Jan 2019

Most organisations recognise that measuring performance is essential for making decisions around reward and staffing. But how can they use...

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stress in the workplace

Stress causes loss of sleep for nearly half UK workforce

7 Nov 2018

Work stress has led to nearly half of UK workers to look for a new job, according to new research...

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Team alchemy: the five psychological factors of team success

27 Apr 2018

For a team to function well and achieve the right outcomes in an effective manner, it needs good chemistry. Psychometrician...

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Boardroom leadership is the key to lower employee stress

2 Nov 2017

Evidence shows that leadership style has a major impact on levels of employee stress. Juliette Alban-Metcalfe, an occupational psychologist and...

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

1 Feb 2017

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

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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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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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