Organisational psychology

Organisational 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.


Evidence shows that a 360-degree approach to assessing board behaviour can reduce employee stress levels.

Boardroom leadership is the key to lower employee stress

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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Millennials: Is your employee experience relevant enough?

14 Jun 2017

There are hordes of clichés around millennial workers, but which attributes should your organisation keep front of mind when hiring ...

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Why has performance become a dirty word?

17 Nov 2016

The idea of “performance” in the workplace has become tied up with negativity, argues Matt Barker, director of consulting company...

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HR – Separating facts from fads

7 Sep 2016

PROMOTED | HR and L&D professionals are increasingly at the heart of key decisions over resource and projects that...

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The Digital Tribe: why it’s everyone, not just millennials (webinar)

24 Jun 2016

ON DEMAND | How we adapt to change is critical to our success. From the dawn of civilisation, humans have had to evolve in order to survive and thrive...

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Employee engagement in a negative culture: how to break down barriers

22 Jun 2016

Tapping into the workforce’s creativity and innovation is one way to engage employees at organisations where it is “trendy to...

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Social media and employee voice: go with the flow or fight the tide?

17 May 2016

Social media appears to be the ideal platform for employers to harness employees’ voices, but many organisations are hesitant about...

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Fancy-dress days can create a sense of fun but how do they affect professionalism?

Play and professionalism at work: boosting engagement while maintaining standards

28 Jan 2016

ON DEMAND | If having more fun at work can help boost productivity, how can HR encourage the right amount of enjoyment in the organisation while maintaining professionalism?

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Performance management: the “six conditions” of high performance

16 Dec 2015

Traditional performance and the annual review have reached their sell-by date and it’s time employers followed leading organisations in ditching...

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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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Behaviour engineering and the contemporary workplace

8 Nov 2012

Because of the acceleration in the rate of change across the business landscape, we now see major changes occurring within...

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Organisational culture influences employee wellbeing

3 May 2011

Workplace culture and job satisfaction have a big impact on wellbeing and absence. OH practitioners should address this, argues Anna...

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Friday podcast: it’s mainly men losing jobs; can HR be blamed for banks’ troubles; and Personnel Today launches its ditch the retirement age campaign

17 Oct 2008

Our weekly HR news and analysis audio programme includes:

98% of those losing their jobs in the three months to August...

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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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