What are Occupational Psychologists?
Occupational Psychologists have typically carried out undergraduate studies in Psychology or a cognate discipline, as well as having completed an accredited graduate programme in Occupational Psychology. In the UK, Occupational Psychology is a protected title, regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Occupational Psychologists are often found doing research in institutional settings such as universities, as well as working for corporations and other big organisations—especially with human resources and management departments. At the organisational level, Occupational Psychologists can help employers to hire and motivate their workforces, and to implement ethical and effective management systems. They strive to understand behaviour in the work context, both at the individual and the group level, and help organisations to hire the employees with the best psychological profiles for particular jobs, or for the organisation as a whole. They can help management to build teams in which there is a good blend of personality types, to maximise both team effectiveness and employee well-being.
The importance of occupational psychologists in the workplace
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