President-Elect Barack Obama
P.O. Box 8102
Chicago, IL 60680
Dear President-Elect Obama,
As President of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and on behalf of our more than 6,800 members around the world, I congratulate you on your election to the Presidency of the United States of America. As you well know, you will take office at a time when the United States is facing numerous challenges. I would like to take this opportunity to pledge SIOP’s support as you work to accomplish your goal to build a community of purpose and move the United States forward.
Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychologists study and measure human behavior within work and organizational settings. They seek to improve employee satisfaction, help employers lead effectively, and generally make the workplace better through evidence-based management. Our academic and practitioner members could be of help to you in many ways, including one of your most pressing issues—the United States’ economy. SIOP members are experts and may be of service on such topics as layoffs, mergers and acquisitions, and workforce development. We have both the ability and the desire to assist you in getting the world’s economy back on its feet.
Arguably one of the administration’s most important challenges is creating a strong organizational culture with a “high purpose” that reigns in selfish motives and fosters organizational citizenship behavior. Such cultures have internal governance and learning systems that enable “truth to speak to power.” SIOP members have completed research and models for corporate culture, decision making, and knowledge transfer, to name a few.
Healthcare policy is another important issue. SIOP members are researching benefits, workplace safety, absenteeism, the aging workforce, stress, and an important issue for many Americans struggling to balance a career with family—work/life balance. Many SIOP members are also experts on legal matters, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, discrimination, gender issues, and affirmative action.
As scientists, our members are committed to finding ways to use their research to benefit society. Please do not hesitate to call on SIOP in the future for any issue on which we may be of service.
Gary P. Latham, Ph.D.