Life in the workplace can sometimes be a stressful and complex environment. From entry-level employees to C-suite executives, the interpersonal relationships in the workplace can have a significant effect on the dynamics of work culture and overall employee interaction within a company.
Psychologists who study the inner workings of the workplace categorize two areas of psychology where most businesses aim to operate – industrial and organizational. Often called ‘I/O psychology’ or ‘work psychology’, industrial and organizational psychology is the study of both a workplace’s environment and the employees who work there.
The goal behind workplace psychology is to identify and solve problems, increase employee satisfaction, and improve workplace dynamics. Whether the target area is industrial or organizational, each area holds components that affect the other, and they both focus heavily on the individual needs and behaviors in the workplace. This article will explore the differences and layers behind workplace psychology that occur for any business.