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Workshop 5: Could You Pass Comps in 2018? What Research Practitioners Need to Know


Ann Marie Ryan, Michigan State University
Charlotte Powers, Johnson & Johnson


Melissa Harrell, Google


This workshop will serve as a “speeded update” for practitioners interested in getting an overview of the latest research. Eight specific areas will be covered, focused on questions commonly posed to I-Os in the workplace, such as: Should we get rid of performance ratings? What should we do about rising workplace incivility? What are truly effective ways to promote an inclusive workplace? Should we gamify our assessment tools? How can we make our organizations more agile? What can we do to foster greater resilience in our employees? What are the best ways to develop upward potential? How do we translate the buzz about new work arrangements into positive outcomes for our employees?

Full Description:

Ever had the experience of being asked a question regarding an HR practice, tool or decision, and wondering if your answer is out-of-date? With the fast pace of change and focus in the workplace, it is a challenge to keep up with the research you need on emerging hot topics. Guided by questions practitioners commonly receive and recent related research from top journals, this workshop will cover the latest research findings and their implications for practice, so that you can ensure that your responses and advice are evidence–based (or you can appropriately acknowledge where there really is no evidence!). The session will be interactive, engaging, and informative, and workshop participants will have a chance to share their experiences with emerging trends (e.g., gamification of assessments, removal of performance evaluation systems, among others). The workshop will also enable participants to define the “next step” in terms of research that is needed to implement better practices on these emerging topics.

Intended Audience:

Intermediate:  This workshop is appropriate for experienced I-O psychologists and HR practitioners (e.g., senior advisors; those in roles that involve advising or influencing business leaders) who want to be updated on the latest research, particularly in relation to emerging trends in HR and I-O practice. The workshop will be presented at a post graduate level under the assumption that attendees have a full understanding of basic organizational psychology research on selection, performance management, and development and are looking to refine their knowledge regarding recent research.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe key research findings in the last several years related to trending topics in I-O psychology and HR management
  • List evidence-based answers to questions regarding practice trends
  • Identify what studies are needed to ensure high-quality interventions within organizations

Presenter Biographies:

Ann Marie Ryan is a professor of organizational psychology at Michigan State University. Her major research interests involve improving the quality and fairness of employee selection methods, and topics related to diversity and justice in the workplace.  In addition to publishing extensively in these areas, she regularly consults with organizations on improving assessment processes.  She is a past president of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, past editor of the journal Personnel Psychology, and past associate editor of American Psychologist.  Ann Marie has a long record of professional service on professional association and federal committees. In 2011, she received the Distinguished University Professor Award from MSU, and in 2013 she received the SIOP Distinguished Teaching Contributions Award as well as the Sage Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contributions to Study of Diversity from the Academy of Management’s Gender and Diversity Division. She received her BS with a double major in psychology and management from Xavier University, Ohio, and her MA and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Charlotte Powers is currently the HR Leader for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) for Finance, Pharmaceuticals at Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s largest healthcare companies. In her current role, she drives proactive, integrated talent management and development across EMEA Finance. Previously, she’s held global roles focused on talent assessment and development, establishing meaningful ways to use assessments to select and develop talent globally for J&J. She has also been actively involved with efforts related to succession planning, leadership development, analytics, competency models, and executive coaching, among others. Charlotte completed her Ph.D. in organizational psychology at Michigan State University, where she led projects for a diverse range of organizations and conducted research on leadership, teams, and interpersonal influence in the workplace.

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