Articles by Ben Butina, Ph.D.

Understanding IO Psych Propels New Career Options

Soft and strong. Studies consistently show the most promising careers now require “softer” relationship-oriented abilities paired with strong analytical skills…Situated at the nexus of these needs is the field of industrial and organizational psychology.Cody Cox Make no mistake, this is…


Coaching “Jeff” at a Career Crossroads

In this episode, I coach “Jeff” (not his real name) who is struggling with a career decision. He’s finishing up a Master’s in IO Psych and an MBA and he can’t decide whether to pursue a PhD or jump right…


When is Psychopathy Adaptive in the Workplace?

I admire researchers who have the courage to explore deeply unpopular questions. Here’s a good example: when is psychopathy helpful? Thus, there appears to be some credence to the notion of a “psychopathic advantage” in that primary psychopaths do have…


SIOP Whitepaper on Expatriate Employees

Dr. William Gabrenya (Florida Institute of Technology) and Dr. Yumiko Mochinushi (Texas A&M University) wrote this paper on “the experiences and challenges encountered by people who live and work outside of their home societies and introduces some of the solutions…


Everyone’s Problem is No One’s Problem

When everyone on a team knows about a problem, the likelihood that any individual employee is going to mention it to the boss goes down. There are at least two reasons for this. First, if everyone on the team knows…


Is Big Data Always Better Data?

IO psychology isn’t immune to popular trends, and the most popular trend to hit our world recently is “big data.” It’s easy to get carried away by the promises of huge samples, but is bigger always better? In this article…


Political Affiliation and Hireability

In two experiments, recruiters were asked to reviewing job applicants’ social media profiles. The (manufactured) profiles were loaded with either explicit (Experiment 1) or implicit (Experiment 2) cues about the applicants’ political affiliations. The recruiters were then asked to report…


Mindy Shoss Tells the Story of a Publication

Where do researchers get ideas for new studies? How do multiple co-authors work together on a single paper? How should we deal with rejection? In this episode, Mindy Shoss, Ph.D., an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, gives…


Adler’s IO Master’s Program in Vancouver

Somehow, when you say the words psychology or psychologist, people automatically think you’re a shrink or you’re going to come in and do psychoanalysis.Shawn Ireland, Adler University Vancouver IO Psych Program Director Read Adler University Leads the Way in Training…


Treat Yourself Holiday Gorging Triple Scoop

Do you like Department 12 but wish it was, you know, a little less boring? Then check out The I/O Soapbox, a YouTube video series that talks about I/O stuff in entertaining and clever ways. (You know, if you’re into that sort of…