Work Psychology: The Basics provides an accessible, jargon-free introduction to the fundamental principles of work and occupational psychology. Covering key theories and models in this dynamic area, it offers a solid understanding of both academic theory and practical applications.

The book follows the structure of the British Psychological Society curriculum for Masters courses, exploring psychological assessment at work, learning, training and development; wellbeing at work, work design, organisational change and development, and leadership, engagement and motivation. These core topics are supplemented by deep dives into the development of the discipline, research and practice in the field, and suggestions for the future of work psychology. Giving a detailed look into the world of work, it answers questions such as: Can we accurately select people for jobs? How can work positively and negatively affect mental and physical health? How can we motivate people in the workplace? What makes a good leader? It also explores issues around types of research and what effective research looks like in this area.

Supported by a helpful guide on the routes to chartership in the UK and working in the area, as well as a glossary of key terms and suggestions for further reading, this is the ideal introductory text for students. It will also interest those looking to understand the subject more generally and complete training in the area.

chapter 1|14 pages

The Development of Work Psychology

chapter 2|22 pages

Psychological Assessment at Work

chapter 3|20 pages

Learning, Training and Development

chapter 4|26 pages

Wellbeing at Work

chapter 6|22 pages

Leadership, Engagement and Motivation

chapter 7|24 pages

Work Psychology Research and Practice

chapter 8|14 pages

The Future of Work Psychology