A recent paper by Ruggs and Colleagues (2016) brings attention to different paradigms of racial tension throughout the United States, especially those involving law enforcement. The article also highlights some ways I-O and Humanitarian Work Psychologists can help. Below are some key pointers from the article. Be sure to check it out!
- Organizations should consider diversity training to reduce explicit and implicit racial biases.
- Performance evaluations can be used to assess candidates likely to exhibit biases toward others.
- Conducting climate studies to assess how accepting employees are of bias in their work environment could ultimately facilitate a more positive workplace.
- Psychologists can advocate for the integration of sensitivity training for management and leaders within organizations.
- Psychologists can work with police departments to assess the trust community members have for police officers, and potentially develop programs to address any issues.
Where to find the article: http://my.siop.org/Publications/IOPFocalArticles
Citation: Ruggs, Hebl, Rabelo, Weaver, Kovacs, & Kem (2016). Baltimore is burning: Can I-O psychologists help extinguish the flames?. SIOP IOP Focal Articles.