Organisations are deeply concerned about the need to recruit, retain and realise the potential of their human resources on which success depends. Occupational psychologists are the best qualified group to advise on human resource strategies and solutions.
No listing of the fields of occupational psychology is ever perfect or complete, as any area where psychology can contribute to the understanding and assistance of human beings at work (and increasingly on the borderlines before and after work, and between work and leisure) may raise the need for investigation, or may find an application for some advance in the wider field of psychology.
Members of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology are required to establish their competence in several areas.
- identifying abilities and developing potential - through using tests and job-relevant exercises at selection, and in career counselling.
- motivating people - in designing payment and reward systems, and advising on health and safety issues.
- assessing performance both on and off the job - in designing appraisal systems, advising on stress management.
- helping people and organisations adapt to change - advising on how to change attitudes and behaviours to improve customer service.
- designing effective organisations - advising on the best type of management systems, identifying effective human resources strategies, and designing jobs to fit peoples' skills.