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Did Smarter Workplace Awareness Month Pass You By?

Visibility Committee Initiative Gains Momentum

2018 marks the 5th year of SIOP’s Smarter Workplace Awareness Month. Begun in 2014, the intiative was invigorated this year by concerted efforts of the Visibility Committee’s Media Subcommittee.

The focus for this year’s Smarter Workplace Awareness Month was the Top-10 Workplace Trends for 2018.  SIOP’s Top 10 Workplace Trends annually identify critically important workplace issues that I-O psychologists address in their research and practice as they strive to improve human well-being and performance in organizational and work settings.

Committee members created articles, infographics, and a new white paper on the topics highlighted in the 2018 Top 10 Trends.

Elisa M. Torres and Samantha Dubrow, both of George Mason University’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology Department, provided “Tips for Making Leadership Development an Organizational Competitive Advantage,” for the week focusing on Trends 6-8. 

Dan J. Putka and David Dorsey from  Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) penned “Beyond Moneyball: I-O Psychology and the Maturation of AI/ML Technology in HR for Week 3’s focus on trends 3-5 .

For the final week of 2018’s Smarter Workplace Awareness Month, Visibility Committee members produced two resources focusing on sexual harassment, the top workplace trend for 2018 identified by the SIOP members who responded to last year’s questionnaire.

Alexandra Zelin, Assistant Professor, Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, wrote the feature for. “#MeToo at Work: How we can prevent #MeToo in the workplace.”

Nicholas Howald, Sarah Melick, Melissa A. Albert, and Susannah Huang, graduate students at Bowling Green State University, teamed up with Jessica M. Walker, a Texas A&M doctoral student to produce the White Paper, Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.

The Visibility Committee is chaired by Nikki BlacksmithAmanda Woller is chair of the Media subcommittee, which is organizing the Smarter Workplace Awareness initiative. Learn more about the Visibility Committee here.

Did Smarter Workplace Awareness Month pass you by? If so, don’t worry, all the information is still available on the SIOP Website, through a newly reorganized landing page.

Below is the complete SWAM schedule. Visit http://0-www-siop-org.library.alliant.edu/smarterworkplace/ to access the infographics for these topics as well as other pertinent resources.

Week 1:
#10 The Gig Economy and Contract Work
#9 Automation of Jobs and Tasks

Week 2:
#8 Selecting, Training, Developing, and Retaining Millennials
#7 Leadership Development and Improvement
#6 Algorithmic Selection Systems and People Analytics

Week 3:
#5 The Changing Nature of How People Work
#4 Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in I-O
#3 Work-Life Balance Interventions & Employee Wellness

Week 4:
#2 Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
#1 Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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