Psychology Essay

Please write a 2 page essay on the topic below (see attachment)

  • Applying I-O Psychology Knowledge to Navigate Through a Pandemic

    Assignment Overview:

    Many leaders and experts around the world are currently working to combat COVID-19. Infectious

    disease experts find themselves needing to quickly understand this virus and convince lawmakers and

    ordinary citizens to take the necessary steps. Government officials find themselves needing to quickly

    make important decisions that could impact the trajectory of the virus, while communicating those

    decisions in a way that will help reassure folks, rather than stoke fears or prompt backlash. Teams of

    people who have not previously worked together are being quickly thrown together to strategize

    solutions to the problems facing society. Organizational leaders and managers must find ways to protect

    and guide their workers – many of whom are fearful in the face of great uncertainty. Individuals must

    learn how to engage in self-management so that they do not become overwhelmed by uncertainty and

    a sudden change to their routine. Fortunately, we have covered topics throughout the semester that

    could help provide insights to these folks on how to handle these challenges.

    Your challenge is to provide guidance to those who are attempting to navigate the current crisis,

    through the lens of one of the I-O topics we have covered throughout the semester. You may find the

    book sufficient to accomplish this task, or you may find that you need to branch beyond the book by

    finding external high-quality, credible, sources of information.

    Your Task: You, as a psychology major/minor student, are to (1) provide guidance to those who are

    attempting to navigate the current crisis, through the lens of one of the I-O psychology topics we have

    covered throughout the semester. You should (2) choose specific audience that your message is

    targeting to and (3) provide one example of a good attempt and (4) one example of a poor attempt to

    navigate this pandemic challenge. Most importantly, you should (5) use course concepts to explain why

    your guidance is effective to navigate the current crisis.

    • Examples of course concepts that you can apply are (but not limited to):

    o Teams (virtual teams, healthcare teams, global teams etc.)

    o Leadership (transformational leadership, servant leadership, abusive supervision etc.)

    o Occupational health (stress, work-life conflict, unemployment etc.)

    o Work Motivation (Maslow’s needs hierarchic, goal setting, self-regulation theory etc.)

    • Examples of audiences and approaches you could take to this assignment (but not limited to) are:

    o Draw on occupational heath research to suggest how I-O psychologists can provide help to

    essential workers (e.g., healthcare professionals, police officers, firefighters) or people who

    lose jobs.

    o Discuss how work-life balance interventions could help mitigate stress of remote workers in

    the context of current events

    o Draw on teams and leadership research to suggest how leaders could effectively and quickly

    move their teams into virtual platforms.

    Your audience: Regardless of the approach you take, you should be clear about who’s behavior you are

    trying to impact. Are you providing guidance that should be used by managers? By experts trying to

    persuade the public? Guidance for organizational executives? Be clear about who your message is

    intended to help. Your message could be oriented toward helping them manage the crisis they currently

    face, or, it could be framed as a way to help them learn from this crisis in order to be better prepared for

    managing future crises. Don’t forget to draw on a positive and negative to reinforce your key message.


    o Aim to be concise, yet persuasive. Try to keep your essay to no longer than two pages (doublespaced, 12pt, times new romans).

    o Style-wise, you can imagine that you are submitting this to a newspaper or other outlet to get

    the word out. You want to provide relevant and compelling information, but also be concise so

    that you don’t lose the attention of your readers. In other words, make sure you focus on

    advancing one key argument, and omit any information that does not directly relate to that


    o Cite the references at the end of the paper. You need to at least cite one source, such as our

    textbook, or you may use beyond the book by finding external high-quality, credible, sources of

    information. For example, peer-reviewed journal articles, New York Times, or Harvard Business

    Review are considered as high-quality sources; Huffington post or Buzzfeed are not.

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