Over the past week, the United States has been rocked by protests related to the killing of George Floyd. Despite the threat of a global pandemic, protesters have marched on the streets, seeking justice. Riots, property damage, and looting have marred the protests. As I have watched these events unfold, […]
Author: Sy Islam, Ph.D.
When I teach introductory courses in I-O psychology or human resources management, I like to ask my students to describe their dream jobs. As you might expect, they typically name high-status, white-collar professions such as doctor, lawyer, or CEO. These are the same kinds of jobs that I-O and human […]
On April 1st, Adam Schlesinger of the band Fountains of Wayne passed away from complications related to COVID19. Fountains of Wayne has been one of my favorite bands for more than 20 years. I loved their music long before I became an I-O psychologist. They were a band from the […]
Human capital management and I-O psychology do not usually appear in popular culture. So, when familiar issues do appear, I enjoy highlighting them (I may be the only person whose written about Parks and Rec, SNL, and Star Wars in terms of human capital and I-O psychology). This week, Hassan […]
I just had a discussion with the great Rob Briner about student evaluations and teacher effectiveness, sparked by this tweet: [su_note]By the way, if you don’t already follow Rob on Twitter and LinkedIn, you really should![/su_note] Smile sheets, or affective/reaction measures of training and teaching effectiveness, are a staple of […]
When I teach my students about training, I stress the importance of needs analysis–the method by which trainers address skill gaps at the individual, group, and organizational level. Most training professionals would love to do more needs analysis, but they often face organizational barriers. Over the years, I have wrestled […]
Geoffrey Owens was once a supporting actor on The Cosby Show. Now he’s a cashier at Trader Joe’s. Is this an enormous fall from grace or just part of a natural career arc? Either way, I’m shocked at how some news outlets are reporting it. Both The Daily Mail and […]