What is MIND ON THE JOB?

Imagine a workplace where everything just… works.

No bureaucratic delays. No counter-intuitive forms or software. No communication problems. No interpersonal conflicts. No worries.

Organisational psychology is the study of human thoughts, feelings and behaviours relating to the world of work, and the application of psychology methods, theories and findings to workplace improvement.

It helps you strive for workplace excellence.

Mind On The Job is principally a podcast series covering the broad domain of organisational psychology through interviews with expert researchers and practitioners. You can find the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn, as well as PocketCast and many more apps! There are also linked here on the website.

The host, Dr Ben Searle, is an organisational psychologist, a senior lecturer in Macquarie University’s Department of Psychology, and a member of the College of Organisational Psychologists (and other associations). He also undertakes occasional consulting, advisory, and public communication work.

Mind on the Job is sponsored by the College of Organisational Psychologists.

        

Terrific #teamwork: Designing, coaching & assessing teams MOTJ ep #06

Mind on the Job episode 06 is about Designing & coaching terrific teams!

When a group of people get together under the right conditions, they can make a successful team — one whose collective capability is greater than the sum of its parts. But not all teams are effective, and some are downright dysfunctional.

So why aren’t all teams effective? What conditions are necessary for a team to work well? What else can we provide, and what can leaders do, to maximise team effectiveness?

To answer these questions, Ben chats to organisational psychology experts Dr Ruth Wageman (Team Diagnostics) and Ms Pauline Willis (Lauriate).

Go to MindOnTheJob.com for more resources on this topic.

More resources on this topic:

Mind On The Job is available on iTunesSoundCloudTuneIn, as well as PocketCast and many more apps! Contact us to suggest others if you can’t access it on your preferred app.

 

Mind on the Job (@mindonthejob)

Created, presented & produced by Dr Ben Searle (@drbensearle)

Episode 06: Terrific #teamwork: Designing, coaching & assessing teams.

Guests: Professor Ruth Wageman and Ms Pauline Willis

Music is Cypher by Kevin Macleod

Sponsored by the College of Organisational Psychologists

 

If you enjoyed the episode, it would help us if you rate & review the show on iTunes! To do this, go to iTunes (use the search function within your app), search for Mind On The Job (even if you’ve already subscribed), click on the show under Podcasts, and click on the Reviews tab. Then rate and review?

Organisational culture & climate: What they are, why they matter, & how they change. MOTJ episode 5

Mind on the Job episode 05: Organisational Culture & Climate!

When people work in social groupings, like organisations, they tend to develop a shared set of perceptions, attitudes, and values. These can be reinforced through systems, behaviours, and personnel selection until you have measurable phenomena that we call organisational culture (and it’s more easily measured attitudinal cousin, organisational climate).

But what exactly are they, and what is the difference between them? Why do we care about them at all? And if they matter, what can we do to improve them?

To answer these questions, Ben chats to organisational psychology experts Associate Professor Ian Glendon (Griffith University) and Dr Louise Parkes (Voice Project).

More resources on this topic:

Mind On The Job is available on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn, as well as PocketCast and many more apps! Contact us to suggest others if you can’t access it on your preferred app.

Mind on the Job

Created, presented & produced by Dr Ben Searle (@drbensearle)

Episode 03: Burnout & Wellbeing at Work: How Do We Manage Them?

Guests: Associate Professor Ian Glendon and Dr Louise Parkes

Music is Cypher by Kevin Macleod

Sponsored by the College of Organisational Psychologists

If you enjoyed the episode, please leave us a rating & review on iTunes (or wherever you get your podcasts)!

 

Key Psychology Insights into Effective Job Selection — Mind On The Job

Mind on the Job episode 04: Assessment for Selection!

People are an organisation’s greatest asset, and from time to time, an organisation needs new people. But when a bunch of candidates apply for the one job, how do we work out who is the best person for the job? What are the limitations of traditional job interviews? What use are psychometric assessments? What differentiates executive selection from entry-level selection?

To answer these questions, Ben chats to organisational psychology experts Dr Patrick Dunlop (University of Western Australia) and Ms Jamie Sims (People measures).

More resources on this topic:

  • There are lots of great resources on YouTube about preparing for behavioural interviews (as the interviewer or the interviewee!);
  • Here is the link to the classic Schmidt & Hunter article in Psych Bulletin that summarises 85 years of selection research and highlights the merits of standardised psychometric tests.
  • I mentioned that PeopleMeasures won the assessment award in the 2015 Workplace Excellence Awards. Is your organisation eligible?

Available on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn, as well as PocketCast and many more apps! Contact us to suggest others if you can’t access it on your preferred app.

Mind on the Job

Created, presented & produced by Dr Ben Searle (@drbensearle)

Episode 04: Assessment for Selection: Insights into Effective Hiring

Guests: Dr Patrick Dunlop and Ms Jamie Sims

Music is Cypher by Kevin Macleod

Sponsored by the College of Organisational Psychologists

 

If you enjoyed the episode, please leave us a rating and/or review the show on iTunes (or wherever you get your podcasts)!

 

What Causes Employee #Burnout — & What Can We Do To Prevent It? Mind On The Job

Mind on the Job episode 3 — Burnout & Wellbeing!

Work can sometimes be stressful, but if it gets too bad or goes on for too long, people can burn out. But what does that look like? How would you know if you’re at risk of burning out? What causes burnout, and what should organisations be doing to prevent it?

To answer these questions, Ben chats to organisational psychology experts Professor Michael Leiter (Deakin University) and Ms Diya Dey (FBG Group).

Go to MindOnTheJob.com for more resources on this topic.

In the meantime, here are some resources to seek out:

Available on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn, as well as PocketCast and many more apps! Contact us to suggest others if you can’t access it on your preferred app.

Mind on the Job

Created, presented & produced by Dr Ben Searle (@drbensearle)

Episode 03: Burnout & Wellbeing at Work: How Do We Manage Them?

Guests: Professor Michael Leiter and Ms Diya Dey

Music is Cypher by Kevin Macleod

Sponsored by the College of Organisational Psychologists

 

If you enjoyed the episode, please leave us a rating & review on iTunes (or wherever you get your podcasts)!

What Causes Workplace #Bullying — & How Do We Discourage It? Mind On The Job

Mind on the Job Episode 2 — Workplace Bullying!

It’s a menace, it causes huge problems, and it happens in more workplaces than you’d think. So if someone is treating you badly at work, why is that happening, and what steps should be taken?

In this episode, Ben chats to organisational psychology experts Associate Professor Michelle Tuckey (University of South Australia) and Ms Heather Ikin (formerly of Workplace Health & Safety Queensland, now at the Office of Industrial Relations) about what bullying means, how common it is, and where it is most common. We then tackle the two biggest issues: what causes bullying, and what can you do about it?

More resources on this topic:

Available on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn, as well as PocketCast and many more apps! Contact us to suggest others if you can’t access it on your preferred app.

Mind On The Job

Episode 02: Workplace Bullying: How Can We Discourage It?

Created, presented & produced by Dr Ben Searle (@drbensearle)

Guests: Associate Professor Michelle Tuckey and Ms Heather Ikin

Music is Cypher by Kevin Macleod

Sponsored by the College of Organisational Psychologists

 

First podcast episode is up!

It’s here! The first episode of Mind on the Job!

This short episode introduces your host (@drbensearle) explains what organisational psychology (also called I/O Psychology) is all about, and outlines the reasons why knowing about it can help you strive for workplace excellence.

It should be of interest to:

  • professionals in HR, OD, change management and other human service areas,
  • current and aspiring leaders and managers,
  • I/O psychologists
  • students in management and psychology
  • anyone who is interested in the psychology of people at work.

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