Understanding Occupational and Organizational Psychology provides full coverage of the British Psychological Society's training requirements for becoming a chartered occupational psychologist and complies with European training guidelines for industrial, work, and organizational psychology. This book will prompt and inspire further reading and research as well as ideas for dissertations, problem formulation and the creative application of knowledge to various situations.

Employee Relations and Motivation

Employee relations and motivation

‘To explore the challenge to the human soul in organizations is to build a bridge between the world or the personal, subjective, and even unconscious element of individual experience and the world of organizations that demand rationality, efficiency, and personal sacrifice.’

(Briskin, 1998: xii)


The topic of employee relations ‘broadly deals with the relationships encountered by people in their working lives’ (Green, 1994:1), studied by many other disciplines (for example, economists, sociologists), as well as psychologists. The focus of investigation ranges from the individual in relation to the organization through to the ‘shop floor’. The 20th century witnessed radical change in the way employee relations are conceptualized and managed. In the first half of the century, a highly formalized system ...

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