Welcome to the Institute of Organisational Psychology New Zealand
Organisational psychologists are experts in human behaviour in the workplace, having extensively studied the brain, performance, learning, group behaviour, and the processes determining how people think, feel, behave and react, and the impact of these on organisational outcomes. Working with the Science-Practitioner model, we apply our expertise using reliable and scientifically supported methods to assist organisations achieve their business goals. Effective practice often also impacts positively on employee wellness and health.
The aim of the Professional Issues section is to assist practitioners to deliver high quality services. We currently have some best practice guidelines in key areas and are working on reviews of commonly used tests and questionnaires. Key learning points from complaints to the Society and Board are also being drawn up.
‘Chartered’ members have completed an honours or Masters degree specialising in Organisational Psychology, and have been supervised in their practice to ensure they are applying their knowledge effectively. Chartered members are also required to undergo ongoing professional development, and comply with the ethics involved in this practice.
Join the Institute
There are four categories of membership of the Institute. Click here for the rules.
Chartered Members have Masters or Honours degrees and will have been supervised in their practice of Organisational Psychology (a University through a Post Graduate Diploma in Organisational Psychology or a supervisor under the Psychologist Board scheme, prior to 31 August 2015).
Academic Members are permanent staff members of a university and will have a PhD in an Organisational Psychology area, or have published in that area.
Members have post graduate qualifications or interest in the area but have not been supervised in their practice or are not practicing any more.
Student members will be completing post graduate studies in organisational psychology.
All applications will be reviewed two members of the committee to assess whether an applicant meets the criteria set out in the rules for the category of membership they have applied for. Typically this will take less than one week.
How to Join
If you are not a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) you will need to register before joining The Institute of Organisational Psychology. NZPsS membership gives you access to the on-line journals database, the New Zealand Journal of Psychology, and discounted professional indemnity insurance to name just a few of the benefits. You can use the ‘find a chartered member button’ to find members you know, to nominate you. You can apply for membership of the NZPsS here
This section outlines the core skill areas of Organisational Psychologists, and how to gain the core skill and practical skills.
Typically entry to the career is through completion of a Bachelors Degree majoring in Psychology (or sometimes Human Resource Management) and then a Honours or Masters Degree in Organisational Psychology.
To become a Chartered Member of the Institute and Registered Psychologist you would then complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Organisational Psychology. This is completed whilst working and involves submitting projects for review, supervision and an oral exam.
Patterson, J M (1986). An assessment of the usefulness of Kanungo’s conceptualisation and measurement of job and work involvement. Masters Thesis. University of Waikato
Paton, D., Jackson, D. & Johnston, P. (2003). Work attitudes and values. In M. O’Driscoll, P. Taylor, & T. Kalliath (Eds.). Organisational Psychology in Australia and New Zealand (pp. 127-149). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Aim to read an article regularly and review it for the practical implications for your work
Canvas a post graduate University Course to refresh your approach and be exposed to the latest literature
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES DURING COVID 19
April 17, 2020
The Institute has formed a taskforce to bring together practical tools that are well researched and effective to support businesses during the pandemic. The first of these tools is now available – helping leaders manage through the disruption. Other resources will be available shortly on right-sizing your business in the new environment and resetting once the new normal is in place.
Members have also offered their time to provide initial consultations to businesses to support the resources offered.
Resources are available on the link below.
Be well and stay safe.
John Eatwell, Chair of the Institute on behalf of the Committee and Taskforce.
COVID-19 resources for business: Leading through disruption
What are the challenges of leading businesses where people are working remotely, may be stressed and need to learn and work together effectively in a virtual way? These resources provide practical advice based on sound research.
What are the challenges of right sizing your business virtually? How can it be done with the minimal impact on your people and your long term viability? These resources provide practical advice based on sound research.
Process and Issues
Support for those leaving
Support for those staying
Material coming shortly
Resetting your business
How do reengage with the business once people are back?
On the 11th of March 2020 the World Health Organisation officially declared the spread of Coronavirus a ‘Pandemic’. Apart from the rate of infection reported in South Africa between the 5th and 11th of March 2020, and the preceding health and economic disasters South Africans witnessed within the global community, this may have been the very sentence that enabled our government to activate the Disaster Management Act No 57 of 2002 (http://www.cogta.gov.za/cgta_2016/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/DISASTER-MANAGEMENT-ACT.pdf).