A Message From Your President
I am sitting here writing this on the Friday before Mardi Gras, which is taking a great deal of effort given that there is a brass band playing outside my window. This also means that winter is almost over and spring will be here…which makes me start worrying about my presidential address. I want to focus on the impact that the science and practice of I-O psychology has had on individuals, organizations, and society.
Why is this important? We know we do good things that impact individuals, organizations, and even societies. The problem is many others do not know it-or at least do not connect our work with the field of I-O psychology. Thus, a major trend in SIOP activities over the past year has been to increase our visibility and to increase our advocacy of the science and practice of I-O psychology. The executive board has just okayed and begun a visibility/ branding project with Digital Culture Consulting and are working with Andrea Goldberg, SIOP member and president of DCC. Last year, a task force, headed by Steve Kozlowski, came up with an advocacy plan, and we have been implementing various stages of that, including the survey of membership advocacy capabilities conducted in the fall. As we engage in these activities, it becomes clearer that we need a good assessment of what I-O psychologists do. To that end, Rich Cober has agreed to chair a task force that will be conducting a job analysis of the job(s) of I-O psychologist. I look forward to seeing their results.
We are also becoming more involved with the Federation Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS). FABBS (http://www.fabbs.org/ about-fabbs/) is a coalition of scientific societies that share an interest in advancing the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. They advocate on the part of their member societies with Congress, the media, and funding agencies. One thing you can do right now to help advocate on the part of I-O psychology is to sign up for the advocacy newsletter and the alert database here: http://www.fabbs.org/news/sign-up/. The database alerts you to when you can make a difference in matters relevant to the field of I-O psychology. Make sure you indicate that you are a SIOP member.
Finally, by the time you read this, it will be conference time. I know that many of you have signed up already and when you did you should have seen the Guidelines on Professional Behavior Within SIOP (http://www.siop.org/ professional_behavior.aspx). This statement was released a few months ago in TIP and on the website. I’ve gotten e-mails from some of you asking why we have this statement. The answer is that several times a year, mostly after the conference, SIOP gets notified of someone acting unprofessionally and/ or bullying other members, students, and staff. The SIOP board decided to practice what we preach and come up with guidelines on how to handle these issues. Our field greatly benefits from informed and passionate debate, but in order for this to be possible there needs to be a safe, collegial, and professional environment. Based on research and the popularity of reality TV shows, incivility is becoming more common in our society and workplaces. I think this is one trend we want to avoid.
Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler!