After stumbling upon an APA article found through my Twitter feed, I felt the need to post some content related to it as I am a newly minted Industrial and Organizational Psychologist.
The article focused on how the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology is getting short shrift nowadays as it is not being included in many psychology 101 courses at colleges across the country.
I recognize that I may be biased as an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist, but I must say that when giving an overview of the study of psychology and it’s various perspectives and dimensions, I/O psychology must become a part of the course curriculum and larger discussion.
Indeed, we spend a significant amount of our lives at the workplace and hence it is highly important that we have an understanding of what drives organizational effectiveness, both from an organizational standpoint and from the perspective of employees.
I/O Psychology addresses fundamental workplace questions such as, what tests or assessments can be used to hire, select, and promote individuals within an organization? The field of I/O Psychology also addresses questions regarding training, performance evaluation, job satisfaction, stress reduction, and the like.
As individuals that are for the most part going to enter the workforce as employees, today and tomorrow’s college students will need an understanding of these types of issues and concerns. For instance, if you’re wondering how selection and promotion decisions are to be made in a fair and legal fashion, at the organization you work for, I/O psychology has got some data and information for you.
On top of this, studying I/O Psychology can help students understand best practices for training individuals on work tasks and what factors are considered when workplace policies are designed or created.
What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you think I/O Psychology needs to be incorporated into general psychology courses? Why or why not?