Advances in organisational psychology by Ian A. Glendon, Briony M. Thompson, Brett Myors

By Ian A. Glendon, Briony M. Thompson, Brett Myors

Advances in Organisational Psychology offers a magnificent array of latest themes in commercial and organisational psychology from the Asia-Pacific region.

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Such research can truly assist practitioners in their work. Implications for practitioners of being conversant with the benefits of seeking to improve worker wellbeing are another example of how generic strategic initiatives to improve wellbeing at work can result in a variety of downstream benefits, including improved job performance and organisational citizenship behaviour (OCB) likelihood on the one hand, and reduced absenteeism and resignation intentions on the other. Factors that Donatelli and Sevastos indicate are appropriate to address to make improvements to worker wellbeing include skill use and variety, supportive supervision and opportunity for personal control.

J. (2004). An analysis of industrial–organizational psychology’s indifference to labor unions in the United States. Human Relations, 57, 145–167. 35 Advances in Organisational Psychology 36 SECTION II Perspectives on Workplace Health: Wellbeing, Safety, Stress and Support Advances in Organisational Psychology 38 Introduction to Section II The seven chapters in this section all relate to various aspects of workplace health — a testimony to the growing importance of this topic within workplaces, as well as the high level of research activity that characterises this broad field.

Unfortunately, very little else is clear in discussions of organisational effectiveness. Despite decades of discussion of the construct of organisational effectiveness, it is still not very clear what an effective organisation would look like. There is, at best, incomplete agreement about the criteria that should define organisational effectiveness; performance and productivity criteria are on everyone’s list, but beyond that almost anything goes. There is even less agreement regarding the time frame over which effectiveness should be evaluated.

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