What is I-O Psychology?
If you have stumbled across this site, you may be wondering “What is I-O Psychology?” Industrial-Organizational Psychology is a broad field that encompasses a variety of different interests and skills. A description given by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Inc can be found below.
Industrial and organizational psychologists direct consulting and executive search firms, work for leadership centers, corporations and companies as well as universities. And at this juncture in U.S. economic history, with highly qualified people—from the hourly wage earning ranks to executive boardrooms—being vital to business success, industrial and organizational psychologists are in position to play major roles in aiding corporations and companies manage their workforces.
I-O practitioners conduct a wide range of research and studies designed to provide information about all phases of the workplace. For example, stigmas in organizations (weight, physical attractiveness, sexual orientation, disability, religious beliefs, race); sexual harassment; the role of personality traits in the hiring process; barriers to successful employment of workers with disabilities; workplace culture, particularly when companies merge; selection of law enforcement officers; reducing absenteeism, workplace aggression; what attracts individuals to certain organizations, and the leadership behaviors of women as managers are just a few of the studies being done by I-O psychologists. (http://www.siop.org)