Work and Business

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We’re all familiar with gossip in the workplace, both the benign variety – did you know Tom is applying for X-Factor? – as well as more serious talk concerned with perceived injustices, such as the real reason for that recent promotion. When such speculations insinuate a group working together to achieve secret ends, we’re into the realm of conspiracy theory.

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Our Division of Occupational Psychology’s Going Green Working Group is holding a one-day conference on ‘Behaviour Change in Action’ in London on Monday 19 September.

It is open to professionals and practitioners from all fields as well as members of the public.

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Leadership skills are a core part of your repertoire as a psychologist and you will be encouraged to exercise them at every stage of your career from Assistant Psychologist to Consultant Psychologist. You have gained the knowledge and training to think psychologically, to formulate, plan and structure your work with clients on an individual and at a group level.  There are skills that are transferable to any leadership setting. This 2 day course will provide you with the confidence and competencies to lead as a psychologist in any work setting whatever your level of experience.

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At work or study, whenever you choose to break away from your main task to do something else – such as leaving an email you’re in the middle of writing to go check Facebook instead – you are effectively interrupting yourself. It’s obvious that self-interruptions risk hurting your focus, but you might not realise just how much.

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Whether in sport, military, business or medical environments, performing at one’s best provides a multitude of opportunities for gaining personal glory. Narcissistic individuals crave admiration and glory, and thus the performance domain constitutes an ideal medium to explore narcissistic behaviour. This talk examines the relation between narcissism and performance and demonstrates that narcissists’ performance is contingent upon perceived opportunities for self-enhancement along with some potential explanatory mechanism for this effect.

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Spending time away from a problem can help you come up with more creative solutions.

That is the conclusion of research being presented to the annual conference of the British Psychological Society’s Cognitive Psychology Section in Barcelona today.

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The world of selection and assessment is constantly evolving as we learn more about the factors that contribute to job success. In this lively and participative event, you will learn about the research behind psychometric testing and some examples of how different instruments can be used in organisational settings. You will also learn about emerging trends for the future and how to make sure that you are implementing best practice when you use psychometric tests.

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The latest tests to have been reviewed by our PTC are Facet5, the Professional Profile 2 and Personal Development Analysis.

BPS members and RQTU members can sign into the PTC website and read the reviews.

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When the morning alarm carves us out of our slumber, restoring the previous night’s raspy throat and foggy head, we have a decision to make: get up and go, or call in sick. What happens next is influenced by workplace norms about whether absence is commonplace or exceptional, a current pulling us towards the office or letting us settle back into bed.

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Women who work in technology downplay the idea that the field can be discriminatory to women – even when they have experienced sexism in the workplace says a study presented today to a British Psychological Society conference.
 
Researchers from Leeds Beckett University spoke to 27 women across various stages of their careers in IT - students, those currently in the industry, and those who have left the industry. The interview data was analysed.
 
Lead researcher Jessica Drakett said:

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Big-wigs have much to gain from ingratiating themselves with even bigger ones. But ingratiators face a dilemma: no one likes a suck-up, and people at the top of the food chain have plenty of practice in detecting and dismissing them.

A new article discussed on our Research Digest blog finds that company directors get around this dilemma by employing a clever psychological tactic.

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A new study has interviewed 135 people in 10 different occupations to explore times when work was meaningful or meaningless.

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Why do we tip taxi drivers but not accountants? Why do we tip in some service contexts and not others? Is it simply due to a quirk of history or the result of broader psychological patterns?

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This interactive and experiential workshop offers a novel, collaborative and practical approach to creating and sustaining inclusive cultures

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Introduction to a methodology to enable leaders and managers to let go of control; provide routes to collaboration, and to work towards developing individuals to self-manage

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Would you like to be able to “read between the lines?” TA in action!

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Coach around what works rather than trying to fix what doesn’t.

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Transactional Analysis (TA) is a powerful and easily accessible coaching methodology.

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Working for a commercial organisation, especially in a senior position, there may be more scope for bigger pay cheques, performance bonuses and a company car.

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According to the philosophy of 'lean space management', a minimalist workspace shorn of clutter is distraction-free and ideal for productivity.

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Psychologists have an important role in supporting their community in planning for, handling and dealing with the aftermath of disasters

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Discussions of visual art as a method to advance observation, critical thinking and communication skills.

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Gain insight into work-life balance issues nd a range of practical tools to use in your own practice

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09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends

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A powerful tool to take ownership of your life, be at your best, and to revitalise your personal and professional life.

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Public and industry attention has been forced to focus on the psychological wellbeing of pilots and a lack of clinical psychological skill in aviation.

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