Dr. Jogeshwar Mahanta
Hr Leader - Syntel Inc
its not essential to know pyschology to be a HR manager, however if you are into assessment centers, counseling, a background may help, there are specific areas such as Industrial and Organizational Psychology which directly relates to certain HR areas, but these are very specific and niche activities.
Hope this helps
20th January 2006
For an HR Manager psychology place very important roll.
1) At the time of recruitment
2) Taking decession on diciplinary,i.e. at the time of cousilling
3) Disputes in the office between the employees.
in this we have to observe the body language of the employee, behaviour of the employee and many more.
20th January 2006 From India, Hyderabad
There are a number of ways you can use psychology to improve your work performance, to build the job-related skills that will help your career, to give you a competitive edge. Many people think of psychology as a set of theories and skills to be used by counselors and therapists who deal with mental problems. Abnormal behavior and mental disorders are, in fact, major concerns for some people who have studied psychology. But there are many applications of psychological findings outside of counseling. One of the oldest specialties in applied psychology has nothing to do with therapy and abnormality.
This specialty is the psychology of work behavior.
Consider how a class or two in industrial psychology could be useful to you. After graduation, you will very likely devote more time and energy to work and your career than you will to most other aspects of your life.
During the coming years you will spend in the workplace, you will encounter psychological issues of all kinds. For example, as you move into positions of greater responsibility, you will be expected to know
-how to assess people for promotion,
-how to determine training needs, and
-how to make decisions affecting the success of your organization.
In a world where conflict and miscommunication are common, you will need to develop skills as a sensitive yet effective manager.
One way to begin to prepare yourself for these responsibilities is through courses in industrial psychology.
The industrial psychology provide a foundation for understanding the human elements of the workplace. They can provide with the competitive edge they will need when they enter the job market and as they move along their career ladders.
Descriptions of these four courses follow:
1. Social/Organizational Skills
-- addresses job attitudes, the motivation to work, leadership style, and a variety of other topics of a social nature.
--addresses a comprehensive survey of psychology applied to the workplace. Includes all the major topics: job analysis, employee selection, performance appraisal, industrial training, job satisfaction, leadership, and workconditions.
3.Human Factors and 4. Environmental Design
--addresses ergonomics or human engineering. Human characteristics and capacities are considered as we analyze the design of things people use and the environments in which they use them. Topics include: information processing, applied anthropometry, work space arrangement, illumination, noise effects, and product safety. .
20th January 2006 From India, Mumbai
I have a small problem in preparing for a Mgmt aptitude test which contains volumes of questions on HR and many are beyond my reach though i am into this profession for the past more than 8 yrs the problem is in test concepts at root level viz ..... if profounded by.....
........is a tool to measure performance..... normally in organisations what we hear is something is entirely contradicting to what the examiner is giving in our question paper this is creating problem can u pl help some guidelines on which i can prepare comfortably my concepts on various aspects of hr is very clear only problem is with preparation for the MAT some tips would defenitely help me
thanks a lot. you may mail on my personal id "firstname.lastname@example.org"
28th March 2006 From India, Hyderabad
That's the reason psychology is important for HR manager.
30th March 2006 From India, Mumbai
One thing I would like to add here. We generally categorize psychology behaviors as good or bad. Though, I would say no psychological trait is good or bad. They shall be looked upon as what we require for a job. An aggresive person might be good for one role whereas for other you may need a cool-minded person. What makes HR-positions interesting to work at is how well you can understand these job-requirements and then how efficiently you can identify people with desired traits and put them on to ROCK. Worth a mention here, all this idenitfication etc needs to be done with what all limited resources we may have... :-)
Thoughts, agreement, disagreements do let me know
1st April 2006
As HR people, we deal are dealing with emotional assets of the
organization. This in itself necessiates some understanding of the possible effect of every action and deision affecting the staff. We hire,appreise, punish, promote, demote, discipline etc.
1st April 2006 From Kenya
Yes no doubt psychology is very imp for HR's. My experience goes that we need psychology in our day to day work life, let it be solving personality clashes or just conveying a not so good message or performance to an employee we need to understand what goes at the back of the employees mind, to make our message most effective.
For this I think one most imp thing is that we should understand that every employee is a different individual, someone rightly said in one of the posts, we are dealing with the collective yet independent emotions of the organization.
on a broader scale we can assess psychological traits of the employees with:
1. Family background
2. Current family responsibilities - employees having some responsibilities are more understanding and flexible
3. Monetary status
4. Ambitions and plans
5. Pattern of jobs or companies worked with gives an idea of what kind of employment psychologies he has seen and gone through.
This can be a long list... I am also looking for some specific questions to understand behavior assessment for freshers, if you have any inputs please let me know.
4th April 2006 From India, Pune
Psychology Is the universal science and its practices are used in every field where human behavior is taken in to consideration.
From Recruitment to exit of the employees psychology is a major tool of the HR managers so that HR managers can judge the employees.
It Is a wide field and principles are used in motivating the employees Training and development. Group Dynamics ,performance management, Absenteeism and like the other problems.
Hr Manager first of all tries to understand the problems and develop the proper feed back for the employee .
7th April 2006 From India, Chandigarh
its great to see this being discussed.
havin done 5 years of psychology and specialized in organizational behavior. I hope i can comment on this issue.
If our concern is the 'human resource'( if i am allowed to use this word) in an organiation, then the area of our concern is in the individual employee and employees of the entire organziation. Wherever individual or group behavior is important to understand, the role of a psychologist comes into focus. The "soft HR" is the 'Hard HR". Sadly, we are underutilized. And please people psychology is not about body language and mind reading.
And i would consider it a must for all HR professionals since the area of our concern is the employee and his needs. So a basic orientation wouldnt do any harm.
Psychology is for the other but nothing like if one can apply it to oneself also.
15th April 2006 From India, Delhi