Work Psychology in Action

by Anna Sutton

Organization of the book

The introductory chapter sets the scene for the rest of the book, looking at how work psychology has developed at the interface between the traditional fields of psychology and management. For business students, this chapter introduces you to the psychological approach to understanding people at work and shows you how psychology is related to the areas of management you may already be familiar with. For psychology students, this chapter provides an overview of how key theoretical areas of psychology are relevant to the world of work and introduces you to important concepts from business studies.

Part 1, Business Is About People, focuses on the day-to-day of managing relationships and understanding people in the modern workplace. Starting with how to find and develop the right talent for the business needs, it moves on to consider how to motivate people and how to communicate effectively at all levels of the business. The final two chapters in this part give a critical assessment and practical guidelines for teamwork and leadership that will support the business objectives.

Part 2, Surviving and Thriving at Work, considers aspects of work beyond just 'getting the job done': how to use psychological knowledge to survive the challenges of the modern workplace and improve our worklives. After a chapter discussing change management, it considers approaches to psychological health at work, using a broad 'well-being' perspective. It concludes with a discussion of how work can contribute to a greater sense of personal meaning and self-actualisation by drawing on the field of positive psychology.

Part3, Cutting-Edge Psychology, gives an introduction to exciting new developments in work psychology. The first chapter provides an overview of how psychology is currently being applied to specific areas of business, including consumer and financial psychology. The final chapter helps you to learn how to identify well-conducted research so that you are able to stay up to date with the latest developments in work psychology through the rest of your career.