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Joe Colihan

Joe Colihan began his career in 1991 in IBM’s Selection and Testing group.  There he worked on various hiring projects including the Manufacturing Selection Test used to help select new hires into manufacturing.  From there he left IBM for a year to work in selection research at HRStrategies (now Aon Consulting) before returning to IBM.

Joe spent over ten years on surveys and linkage research as part the Workforce Research team.  He managed the Pulse Survey program, helped build a survey registry database and process, and served on the Information Technology Survey Group and Mayflower, two consortiums of companies cooperating on employee survey research.  In 2007, he joined the Selection and Assessment team at IBM.  Current projects include cognitive testing, interviewing, competencies, and related selection and survey research.

Joe co-authored book chapters on pulse surveys, managing employee absenteeism and turnover, and an encyclopedia entry on handling survey write-in comments.  He co-authored journal articles on topics such as job stress, role ambiguity, job analysis, job families, telecommuting, and work/life balance.  He has presented several papers at national conferences on employee selection, job stress, and job families, telecommuting, work/life balance, training evaluation, and linking employee workplace climate measures to critical business outcomes.

Joe received his doctorate in Psychology from the University of Missouri--St.  Louis in 1993.  He is a member of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and Minnesota Professionals for Psychology Applied to Work.