Upon successful completion of this course, students:
- Will be able to explain the ways in which Psychology contributes to job-person fit;
- Will be able to explain the main principles and theoretical models that explain work-related well-being, attitudes and and job behaviors, and apply these in practice;
- Will be able to perform a job analysis for (re)designing healthier and more safe work environments;
- Will be able to evaluate empirical findings in order to make specific recommendations for job redesign.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) is an interdisciplinary field of Applied Psychology that is concerned with the health and safety of workers. OH Psychologists utilize scientific methodology to understand the impact of(emotional, cognitive, physical)occupational stressors on employees' physical and mental health, the interaction between work and non-work life, and to design interventions aiming at improving/protecting employee health and well-being.
During this course the following topics are covered:
1) Occupational Stress and Employee Health
2) Theoretical models that explain employee well-being;
3) Emotional Labor;
4) Employee Attitudes and Behaviors: Sickness Absence and Sickness Presence
5) Recovery from job demands;
6) Work-family balance;
7) Safety at work;
8) Socioeconomic Conditions and Occupational Health;
9) Ιntervention in Organizations: Job Redesign and Job Crafting.
Also, during the practicum, students will get acquainted with the main principles of job analysis and will learn how to use this tool in the context of job (re)design that aims at healthier and more safe work environments.
Burnout, Emotional Labor, Job Analysis, Job Crafting, Job Redesign, Health and Safety at work, Recovery from Work, Stress, Work-Family Balance,
Additional bibliography for study
Peeters, M.C.W.,De Jonge, J., & Taris, T.W. (2013). An introduction to contemporary work psychology. UK: Wiley-Blackwell.