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How would you define the psychology of work?

2nd February 2015 | Chantal Gautier




1. What motivated you to write this book?

I embarked on this journey, mainly because for some time, I had noticed an air of discontent growing among workers, which seemed to be prevalent across sectors both in and out of the UK. I was keen to unpack the building blocks of job satisfaction and did so through the eyes of industry leaders and review of the literature. This lead to the birth of The Psychology of Work and accompanied insights into current working practices.

2. How would you define the psychology of work?

The psychology of work examines aspects of working life at organizational, team and individual level. It looks at the psychological process that underpins leadership; how people work with another and what motivates us to work.

3. Can you explain how job analysis can help an employer select the right person for a role?

​In addressing the selection process, work psychology relies on a process called job analysis, ​which is the systematic approach through which information about a job is gathered. This ​process results in two sets of data: job description and job specifications. If job analysis ​is well carried out, it will attract the right person job-fit.

4. Why do you think employability is more relevant than ever to today’s graduates?

First of all, it is important to recognize, that different types of employment require a multitude of employability skill sets. Employers will be keen to recruit candidates who possess the right attitude and relevant traits to help drive their businesses forward. For graduates, employability is relevant as it forces graduates to reflect upon their own strengths and weaknesses and the role they wish to play in the world of work.

5. How does organizational culture affect the psychology of work?

Organizational culture is core to organizational life as it gives members a sense of identity. Moreover, it sets a standard for how members of an organization should talk, behave and act to others. Each organization reflects its unique cultural manifestations in the form of symbols and/or rituals and the behaviour of each individual in it. Effectively, organizational culture defines the environment in which work takes place. 

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