The authors would like to thank Stefanie Plemmons and Mahima Saxena for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of this manuscript.
Experiencing Work: An Essay on a Person-Centric Work Psychology
Article first published online: 11 FEB 2011
Copyright © 2011 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Volume 4, Issue 1, pages 83–97, March 2011
How to Cite
WEISS, H. M. and RUPP, D. E. (2011), Experiencing Work: An Essay on a Person-Centric Work Psychology. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 4: 83–97. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-9434.2010.01302.x
- Issue published online: 11 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 11 FEB 2011
In this essay we argue for a more person-centric direction for research in industrial–organizational (I–O) psychology. We argue that the prevailing paradigm within I–O treats workers as objects and in so doing limits the ability to develop a deep and continued understanding of the important ways in which humans relate to work. In response, we think there is a need for a more coherent focus on the worker and on the subjective experience of working. After describing the current paradigm we suggest an alternative—a person-centric work psychology that takes the worker as its focus and worker experience as a topic of study.