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Open-plan offices drive down face-to-face interactions and increase use of email

over 2 years ago

By Christian Jarrett As well as their cost-saving appeal, the rationale for large open-plan offices is that they are expected to act as a crucible for human chemistry, increasing face-to-face encounters between colleagues to the benefit of creativity and collaboration. Unfortunately it’s well-established that most workers don’t like them, such is the fundamental human need for privacy and contr...

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Becoming a Psychologist - Additional Careers Resources (2018 update)

about 3 years ago

Studying to be a Psychologist is a lengthy but rewarding process. The path you take will depend on what type of Psychologist you wish to be and what academic level you have reached so far. The BPS provides a number of careers resources for schools, colleges and higher educational institutions. These resources include: Video content A free careers information update newsletter Careers booklet Ca...

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A Psychology degree helps graduates wherever they go on to work

over 3 years ago

Taking a degree in Psychology equips graduates with key generic skills as well as psychological skills that make them highly employable, and those skills become more useful as an individual’s career progresses. The BPS Careers Destinations (Phase 3) Survey looked at the career progression of four cohorts of Psychology graduates from 42 university departments. The cohorts are made up of individu...

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Introverts may miss leadership chances because they overestimate how stressful it will be

over 3 years ago

​ By Christian Jarrett There are certain situations where it’s advantageous for an introvert to take charge. For instance, perhaps they are better qualified than their extroverted peers. The trouble is, most introverts tend to shy away from seizing informal leadership opportunities when they arise (psychologists call this “emergent leadership” – when someone takes charge in a team without a for...

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The Hidden Costs of Working When Sick

over 3 years ago

Mariella Miraglia and Gail Kinman review the evidence on presenteeism. Have you ever struggled into work when you felt sick enough to stay at home? If so, you are one of the 43 per cent of European workers (according to a 2012 Eurofound survey) who have engaged in presenteeism. People work while sick for several reasons, such as excessive job demands, a sense of obligation to their employers or...

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People who work for non-profit organisations are happier with their jobs and life in general

over 3 years ago

By Christian Jarrett Working for a commercial organisation, especially in a senior position, there may be more scope for bigger pay cheques, performance bonuses and a company car, but a new study in the Journal of Economic Psychology finds that British people who work for not-for-profit organisations, including charities and social enterprises (also known as the third sector), are the real winn...

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Small acts of kindness at work benefit the giver, the receiver and the whole organisation

over 3 years ago

By Alex Fradera In the lab, psychologists have shown how generosity propagates and spreads. If someone is kind to us, we tend to “pay it forward” and act more generously to someone else when given the chance. But it’s not clear if these findings are realistic. For example, when we’re juggling priorities on a busy work day, might receiving an act of kindness actually be a nuisance, leaving us fe...

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Becoming a Psychologist Part 5 - Additional Careers Resources

over 3 years ago

The BPS provides a number of careers resources for schools, colleges, and higher educational institutions. Our careers booklet gives you an overview of psychology careers, and provides insight into issues such as how to apply for an undergraduate degree, how to find work experience, and how to become a member of the Society. Your Journey Into Psychology (2014).pdf Our youtube channel contains a...

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Becoming a Psychologist Part 4 - Related Roles and Careers

over 3 years ago

There are many options to choose from if you're looking for a career involving psychology, but do not wish to work as a practicing psychologist. This blog aims to provide some useful info on the variety of related roles and career opportunities available to you, whether you have a psychology degree or not. Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners are trained t...

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Becoming a Psychologist Part 3 - Career Options in Psychology

over 3 years ago

Whether you are newly qualified and looking for your first professional role, or whether you are looking to make a brand new start in a new career, the advice provided here should be invaluable in guiding you down the right path. Starting Your Career Because a practicing psychologists must have postgraduate qualifications there isn’t a fast track route to a career in psychology. To become a Cha...

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