When you search for the essentials of organizational development, you will find a list that includes a clear business strategy, strong leadership, transparent and consistent communication, a motivated workforce, and a stable financial portfolio. Seems easy enough, right? Let’s factor in what the organization consists of — human beings. Human beings are complex — we each bring different strengths and challenges to the table, which ultimately impact the future of an organization.
Over the past decade, podcasts have evolved from an intriguing digital phenomenon to one of the most important types of media. Determining the current number of podcasts can be tricky, but experts estimate that there could be anywhere between 1 and 2 million different shows—and tens of millions of episodes. While these span a wide array of topics, many of the most popular relate in some way to psychology.
As social beings, we are not meant to be completely alone or working from a tiny office all day long by ourselves. While this is challenging for many people, it can be particularly difficult for extroverts, or those who are outgoing and enjoy being the center of attention. Extroverts are generally characterized as having numerous broad interests, tend to be quick to take action, enjoy group work, spend a lot of time in social activities, have quite a few friends, and are energized by being around other people.
Many look to the holiday season as a joyous time for friends and family. For others, this time can bring on or worsen stress, anxiety, and depression. And, while this has always been the case, 2020 is proving to intensify every emotion we typically feel. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have lost loved ones and will be missing people this year. Due to nationwide travel restrictions, our usual travel to see friends and family may not be happening.
Picture this: You have a paper due on Sunday along with two other assignments. You’re trying to “work” from home, which involves sharing a 3-bedroom home with five people all who are relying on the same internet connection. Your to-do list is too long, and your schedule is packed. So, what do you do? You stay up late to work on your assignments when the house is quiet. You cancel your Zoom chat with your friends and bail on the online Barre class that you were going to take—all to make room for things that you must do.
Now more than ever, we are facing changes that may be hard to swallow.
“We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.” ― Dalai Lama XIV
Organizational psychologists’ impact on the workplace extends much further than ensuring all employees are happy and content —they can help establish a company’s culture.
We have been hearing about COVID-19 in the news daily – hourly, in fact. This virus is having devastating effects on our health, the health of our loved ones, and those all around the world.
One thing that hasn’t received as much attention is the effect it is having on our mental health. If you already suffer from anxiety, it may be heightened. You may be worried about you or a loved one contracting this virus, leaving the house, or losing your job.
How can you put your mind at ease? Start with these tips.
If you’ve ever thought about how you can make your work a happier place, you’ve got it all backward. According to Johnson & Wales organizational psychology professor and online instructor, Scott Lyons Ed.D., happiness at work is an effect of a greater cause. “I come from the school of thought that organizations can be misguided if they are searching for happiness rather than good health or a positive organizational culture,” Lyons said.