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  • Friday, November 04, 2016 6:22 PM | Nita French

    Everybody talks about it and many organizations do it, but how many practitioners really know what the scientific literature has to say about mentoring, its effectiveness and success factors?  Those of us who attended GAIOP’s September 22, 2016 workshop had the opportunity to hear an evidence-based review of mentoring presented by Lilian Eby, Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Director of the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research at the University of Georgia. 

    Lilian is a nationally-recognized expert in organizational mentoring and has published extensively on the subject as well as on the work-family interface and occupational health.  Nevertheless, her approach to the topic was very practitioner-oriented.  In addition to reviewing recent research findings, she identified best practices in mentoring programs, and suggested solutions for frequently encountered problems.

    Among other things, we learned that:

    • Recipients of mentoring tend to be high-performing individuals and to have a favorable self-image.
    • The quality of the mentor-protégé relationship matters more to mentoring effectiveness than whether or not the mentoring occurs in the context of a formal, organizationally-sponsored program.
    • Matching mentors with protégés on the basis of similarity in personality, attitudinal, experiential and/or other deep-level factors improves the chances that they will have a good mentoring relationship.
    • Frequent interactions, geographic proximity, and absence of a large power differential also contribute to the likelihood of mentoring success.

    You missed it?  Be sure to make your calendar (and register for) GAIOP’s final 2016 CE workshop followed by our first ever social hour.

    November 10, 3:00 – 6:00p:  Technology-Enabled Assessment: Current and Future Directions, presented by A. James Illingworth, Assistant Professor of I-O Psychology at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and founder of talent management consulting firm Geode People, and Betsir Zemen, a doctoral student in the I-O Psychology program at UCF.  Stay for the social hour (6:15 – 8:00p) at Marlowe’s Tavern, a short walk away at Emory Point.

  • Monday, October 17, 2016 3:39 PM | Linda Hoopes (Administrator)

    In conjunction with the upcoming Leading Edge Consortium, SIOP’s Visibility Committee will once again hold a “Top Minds and Bottom Lines Series” event. This events series was created for students and non-I-O psychologists to demonstrate how the field of industrial and organizational psychology can benefit their organizations.

    More and more organizations are employing personality assessment data to identify high quality candidates ranging from blue collar workers to top managers and even CEOs, according to several studies. The United States Assessment Barometer survey found 54 percent or companies are now using assessment tests to select, onboard, and develop their staff. Assessments, backed by rigorous scientific research, are powerful tools for organizations that can shed light on a candidate’s suitability for a specific job.

    This free program will take place 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, October 20 in Room 300 of the Scheller Business Building and will feature presentations from leaders in the field of employee selection and the use of personality assessments. You can find all of the information about this event at www.siop.org/topminds/2016.aspx.

    This event is being held in conjunction with the upcoming SIOP Leading Edge Consortium (LEC).  SIOP’s 12th annual LEC will take place at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta October 21 and 22 on the topic of “Talent Analytics: Data Science to Drive People Decisions and Business Impact.” This event will showcase the power and promise of combining organizational science with new and emerging methods in data collection, analysis, and display to deliver game-changing insight for organizations. You can read more about this year’s LEC, including a full agenda and speaker list, at www.siop.org/lec.

    Both of these events are sure to be informative and useful to attendees. Please pass on this information to any colleagues, students, consultants, or others you think may be interested in attending either of them.

  • Sunday, September 04, 2016 2:41 PM | Nita French

    Did you know?

    • The EEOC and OFCCP plan to begin collecting employer compensation data in 2017.
    • The existence of excessive discretion in employment decisions is not illegal per se unless a specific common practice is identified and shown to have adverse impact.
    • Big data can serve to perpetuate bias.
    • Employers can use job analysis to help validate background screens.

    Toni Locklear, Vice President of APTMetrics Southern Region and Litigation Practice Leader, and Jessica Keeney, Manager of Selection and Assessment Strategy at Verizon conducted an informative, thought-provoking August 17 workshop on the current US legal environment for employment decisions.  Their overview included recent related court cases, federal employment regulations, and regulatory agency priorities.  Legal update workshops can be stuffy, arcane or, at worst, mind-numbing, but this session was a wonderful exception.  In fact, it was so engaging that the Q&A and conversations continued through the break and drew in even those participants whose practice rarely involves employment decisions.   

    One reason for the workshop’s success was that Toni and Jessica are so well qualified to address and interpret the legal implications of employment decisions.  Both have extensive consulting experience in multiple industries as both internal and external advisors.  Toni also has considerable experience as a consulting and testifying expert in many cases related to employment, harassment and wage-hour disputes.  They discussed the implications of cases and highlighted areas of I-O practice that could be affected.  In addition, their informal presentation style and use of case studies and client examples brought the legal landscape to life for the 23 participants in GAIOP’s third workshop of 2016.

    You missed it?  Be sure to make your calendar (and register for) GAIOP’s final two CE workshops of 2016.

    September 22Best Practices in Organizational Mentoring, presented by Lilian Eby, Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at UGA and noted expert on workforce development and mentoring.

    November 10:  Technology-Enabled Assessment: Current and Future Directions, presented by A. James Illingworth, Assistant Professor of I-O Psychology at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and founder of talent management consulting firm Geode People, and Betsir Zemen, a doctoral student in the I-O Psychology program at UCF. 

  • Sunday, August 28, 2016 12:33 PM | Linda Hoopes (Administrator)

    GAIOP now has a LinkedIn page, which we will use to announce upcoming programs and other events of interest to the Georgia applied psychology community. We can also add job postings and other announcements of interest to members--send them to webmaster@gaiop.org and we'll be glad to add them. 

    You can find the page here. If you follow the page you will see announcements and updates in your LinkedIn feed. 

  • Monday, August 15, 2016 3:07 PM | Nita French

    This year’s 2-day program focuses on the data science that informs people decisions and creates business impact.  It will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Atlanta.  Presentation topics include measuring employee engagement and culture change, data science innovation, and best practices for explaining data-based insights, applying big data analytics to small datasets, interfaces between big data analytics and I-O, and privacy and ethics concerns associated with using talent analytics.

    A total of 10.5 CE credits are awarded for attending both days of the program, just in time for the end of the 2015-16 licensing cycle in Georgia.  Register on or before August 29 to receive an $80 discount on the registration fee.  Go to http://www.siop.org/lec/2016/default.aspx to review the agenda, speaker list and to register.

  • Friday, July 01, 2016 3:22 PM | Linda Hoopes (Administrator)

    by Nita French, GAIOP Vice President for Communications

    On June 15, 2016 GAIOP held its second workshop of 2016, Developing the Midlevel Leader:  Horizontal and Vertical Leadership Development.  Co-presenters Wanda Hayes, Senior Director of Learning & Organizational Development at Emory University and Debbie Longo, Director of Research Administration Learning and Development, also of Emory, reviewed relevant leadership development theory and models and explained an application of leadership science at Emory.  They described a program that provides opportunities for Emory’s high potential midlevel managers to acquire the skillset and mindset to transition successfully from operational management to strategic leadership roles, and provided early program results. 

    Photo credit: Andy Neiner, GAIOP Member

    The workshop’s 16 participants included several first-time attendees and 3 students.  Evaluation survey respondents responded positively to the content, relevance to their practice, the interaction and discussion, and the opportunity to network with colleagues.  Based on feedback from the first workshop, some adjustments to room set-up and session facilitation debuted at this workshop to favorable reviews.  In addition, participants had the option of completing program evaluation forms by electronic survey entry or paper form, another GAIOP first.  

    Photo credit: Andy Neiner, GAIOP Member

    Don’t miss workshop #3:  Update on Legal Context for Employment Decisions to be presented on August 17 by Toni Locklear, Vice President and Southern Region and Litigation Practice Leader at APTMetrics  and Jessica Keeney, Manager of Selection and Assessment Strategy at Verizon.

  • Monday, June 06, 2016 10:29 AM | Linda Hoopes (Administrator)

    The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, GAIOP's partner in offering Continuing Education credits for our programs, posted a story about our first event!

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