Amber Stark / Wednesday, September 9, 2020 / Categories: Member News, Items of Interest, Newsbriefs SWAM Looks at Automation, Algorithmic Selection, and Workforce Health and Well-Being September is Smarter Workplace Awareness Month, which is dedicated to sharing information about how the science and practice of I-O psychology can improve worker well-being while creating more effective organizations. Each week this month, SIOP will share member-created content about the topics that are important in the world of work, as uncovered in the 2020 SIOP Top 10 Workplace Trends. This week’s highlights are: Top Trend No. 6: Automation of jobs and tasks While automation becomes more prevalent, more tasks will be performed without human assistance. Automation changes the way employees do their work, which means SIOP experts will be needed to define, select, train, and measure performance of these jobs. Top Trend No. 7: Algorithmic selection – validity, bias, and applicant reactions Big data allows for more advanced assessment techniques including complex algorithms that can predict human characteristics accurately and quickly. Whenever we consider predicting human characteristics, we must consider validity, bias, and applicant reactions. SIOP experts are needed to research and monitor these algorithms to ensure algorithmic justice. Top Trend No. 8: Workforce health and well-being Much of the workforce has been working from home in response to the COVID pandemic. Working from home and being constantly tethered to technology results in long working hours. Employees need to recover from these intense work demands. SIOP experts can conduct research in worker well-being and apply that research to support organizations in building well-being programs. Smarter Workplace Awareness Month and the SIOP Top 10 Workplace Trends are initiatives of the SIOP Visibility Committee. Share your thoughts about how the science and practice of I-O psychology can improve worker well-being while creating more effective organizations on social media using #SmarterWorkplace and #SIOPSmarterWorkplace. Previous Article September Is Smarter Workplace Awareness Month Next Article SIOP Fellow Tara Behrend to Serve as Panelist for CASBS Webinar Print 167 Rate this article: 2.0 Tags: well-being Workplace Trends SWAM Smarter Workplace Awareness Month automation algorithmic selection validity bias applicant reactions workforce health Comments are only visible to subscribers.