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Welcome to the The Point, PTCMW's new Blog - a replacement of our quarterly Newsletter.

Articles will be posted here throughout each month comprizing of long time standbys, new additions, and updates from the president and board.

As members, please feel free to post your comments and thoughts in relation to each article.

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  • 07/07/2020 6:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please see the attached document for the latest update on PTCMW's Budget: 2019-2020 Budget Report.pdf

  • 06/19/2020 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PTCMW invites you to join, Blacks in I/O’s upcoming webinar, I/O Community Call Series Addressing Systemic Issues in Law Enforcement Workplaces.

    Please visit their website to learn more and below to register for the webinar.

    • Monday June 29 at 5:30-7pm EDT
    • Eventbrite link to RSVP, see additional information & guest speakers.
    • The zoom link will be sent once folks RSVP through Eventbrite.

  • 06/19/2020 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello everyone!

    We hope you found the first blog (link) helpful as we continue to navigate these times. Below are additional resources collected for our PTCMW members and friends. If you have a resources or articles you think would be helpful, please email PTCMW newsletter editor (newsletter.ptcmw@gmail.com) so we can publish it on the next post.


    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated their technical guidance on May 5, 2020. They included questions and answers related to COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and other EEO Laws. The agency noted these laws still apply during the pandemic but employers should follow guidance from public health authorities as the pandemic evolves. Finally, the agency included additional information (link) on race discrimination and harassment toward employees of Asian Americans and people of Asian descent. For more information, please visit the EEOC’s site here.

    Harvard Business Review

    Harvard Business Review recently published an article on the importance of team agility in the time of COVID-19. Please click thislink to read the article.

    Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    As a reminder from our first post, SIOP has been providing I-Os many resources to help navigate ‘working through COVID-19’. Check out some of the research and resources that have been compiled related to remote work, motivation and engagement, work-life balance, organizational agility, worker well-being, and more. Use this link to read further.

    Association for Psychological Science

    The APS President, Lisa Feldman Barrett, wrote an article: Mind, Body, Illness: Amidst Pandemic, Opportunities for Discovery. She discussed respiratory illnesses and posed a question if they are physical or psychological illnesses? For those of you interested, click here to read further.

    APS also posted an article that provides tips and recommendations for graduate students for maintaining productivity. They include day to day tips such as making a schedule and following it to long term by acquiring new skills during downtime. Those interested can click this link to read further.

  • 06/19/2020 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello PTCMW Members and Friends!

    I am reaching out to provide another update on PTCMW operations.

    Networking and Connectivity with Membership

    A priority this year is to support networking and connectivity opportunities for the membership.  One way we are doing this is through highlighting upcoming events for our members and establishing opportunities to communicate with one another - like those listed below.  

    Blacks in I/O

    Blacks in I/O, a professional networking and learning association for Black I/O psychologists, started a community call series in response to COVID -19.  The community calls include field experts who participate in open discussion and offer advice on how I-O psychologists can respond to COVID.  In wake of the current crisis in the black community, they are organizing another call surrounding racism while policing and what I-O psychologists can do to help.  During the 1.5 hour call, they plan to facilitate a discussion with police personnel and I-O experts and then break out into groups to brainstorm actionable strategies/solutions (e.g., restructuring selection procedures, improving law enforcement culture) to this problem.  If you are interested in participating, please reach out directly via email You can also visit their website for more information: http://blacksiniopsych.com/.

    Blog Discussion and Sharing

    PTCMW set up a blog to encourage discussion on engaging PTCMW members in fighting racial discrimination and inequality.  Our hope is that this thread encourages our members to share and access relevant resources, connect with others, and collaborate on this topic.  PTCMW will continue to identify and share resources with the membership through this venue, as well as others.

    SIOP Sessions

    Thank you for responding to our SIOP request; PTCMW members who submitted information on their 2020 Virtual SIOP Conference sessions are posted on our website.  We encourage you to check out your colleagues’ sessions next week at the conference!

    Mentorship Program

    PTCMW is kicking off our 2020 Mentorship Program!  The program is slated to run September 2020 through February 2021, and is intended to connect individuals and provide a semi-structured format to facilitate networking, discussions, and learning. 

    If you are interested in participating, please complete a sign-up form – as either a mentee or a mentor. More information about this program, and the sign-up forms, can be found on our website.  We will have an informational session (TBD) to provide additional information and resources, and to answer any questions you may have.  More to come on this front! 

    This program is currently limited to PTCMW members.  We understand that this is a trying time and many are limited in funding for professional development activities.  Therefore, we are offering graduate students and early career folks the option of becoming PTCMW members (or retaining membership) without being charged the normal fee through the end of 2020.  To inquire more about this, simply email the secretary (secretary.ptcmw@gmail.com).  

    Monthly Educational Sessions

    We held our first, completely virtual monthly presentation in May – where Steve Stark (USF) and Chris Nye (Michigan State) presented on applying adaptive testing to personality and interest inventories.  Thank you for participating! With approximately 40 in attendance – it was a great success!  Members can access the recording of this session in our webinar library.

    Our next monthly presentation will be on July 15th. Dr. Ivan Hernandez (Va Tech) will give a talk titled: “Applying social media to study I-O constructs”.  Registration is now open on the Events Page; come join us in July!

    Moving forward, we will close registration the day before our events (at 11:00PM EST).  This will ensure we have all registrants signed up for our GoToWebinar in time for the session the following day.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email – to the same email you used to register.  On the morning of the event, you will receive a link (unique to you) to access the webinar.  Note that you will need to sign into GoToWebinar using the same email you used to register for the event.

    PTCMW is continuing to provide members and non-members the option of attending our monthly programs without being charged the normal fee – in light of COVID-19.  To attend the session without charge, simply email the secretary (secretary.ptcmw@gmail.com) to receive a code for registration.

    We look forward to continuing our efforts to connect, share, and grow with you.

    Thank you,

    Emilee Tison, PTCMW President


  • 06/04/2020 11:56 AM | Anonymous

    In the spirit of the message conveyed by the PTCMW Board Members, this thread is a placeholder to encourage our members to share and access relevant resources, connect with others, and collaborate. 

    The Board will be posting resources as they become available. Feel free to post your own resources, thoughts, or requests for assistance below.

    Blacks in I/O is a professional networking and learning association for Black Industrial Organizational Psychologists, Practitioners, and Students. You can learn more about how to get involved and support the work they do by going to their website, here: http://blacksiniopsych.com/

    The I/O Coffee House, which began as an open forum to discuss the place of I/O Psych during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, hold weekly informal discussions. This past week (6/3), the group held a meeting in conjunction with Directors of I/O Graduate Programs Internationally and Blacks in I/O to discuss what I/O can do to lead in anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. This theme is likely to continue into future weekly meetings. Interested PTCMW members can email iocoffeehouse@gmail.com to express interest in joining the conversations.

  • 04/22/2020 8:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello PTCMW Members and Friends!

    I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.  I am reaching out to provide an update on PTCMW operations for 2020 – to highlight upcoming programs, to engage membership connectivity, and to share some useful resources (focusing on teleworking, well-being, and engagement).

    Monthly Educational Sessions

    As we noted in March, PTCMW is suspending in-person events for the foreseeable future.  We will reconsider this approach once we can be assured it is safe to engage in these activities.  Until that time, we are exploring virtual, online offerings for you.

    We are excited to pick back up our monthly educational sessions in May (on Wednesday the 13th) – with a presentation by Steve Stark (USF) and Chris Nye (Michigan State) on applying adaptive testing to personality and interest inventories.  More details are coming soon! You can register for the event at this link.  Additional email communications will go out related to this event in the coming days. The presentation will use GoToWebinar; we will provide attendees a list of tips and tricks to ensure a smooth and interactive experience.

    In light of the Covid-19 situation, we understand that many of you may be limited in funding for professional development activities.  Therefore, we are providing members and non-members the option of attending our monthly programs without being charged the normal fee.  To attend the session without charge, simply email the secretary (secretary.ptcmw@gmail.com) to receive a code for registration.

    Networking and Connectivity with Membership

    Another goal is to support networking and connectivity opportunities for the membership.  One way we are doing this is through highlighting upcoming events for our members.

    Earlier in April, you received a notification that PTCMW is asking for information from PTCMW members who are participating in the 2020 Virtual SIOP Conference.  Specifically, PTCMW will post information on the available sessions (as this information is finalized).  Therefore, if you have a session, and are interested with sharing that information with the broader PTCMW membership, I encourage you to email me at president.ptcmw@gmail.com.

    Sharing this information will allow you to be informed of the quality work PTCMW members are producing, and provide details for the Virtual Conference so that you can attend and participate.

    Blog and Resource Sharing

    Lastly, we are collecting resources that may be of particular interest to PTCMW members due to the Covid-19 situation – from guidance from Federal agencies, to tips from consultants and researchers, to research findings.  Our goal is to compile available information into a streamlined delivery for you.  The first blog on this topic is up; please check it out here.

    If you have additional resources you think would be useful for the PTCMW membership, please let us know!  Additionally, we are always looking for blog content. If you are interested in participating, you can reach out to me directly.

    As you can see, we are continuing to invest in opportunities to expand our offerings and provide members with new and interesting ways to connect, share, and grow.

    Thank you,

    Emilee Tison, PTCMW President


  • 04/20/2020 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello PTCMW Members and Friends.

    We hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy!

    Below are a few resources we thought would be useful to our members, especially due to work adjustments that are occurring based on the Covid-19 situation. Our goal is to collect these types of resources over time and provide to the membership as we have meaningful updates.  We hope this streamlined collection and dispersion of information is useful.


    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a webinar earlier this month to answer questions regarding COVID19 and updated their pandemic guidance originally issued during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. You can click here to listen to the webinar and here for EEOC’s guidance.


    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), issued guidance (link) for telework-eligible employees who have caregiving responsibilities. With many states issuing stay-at-home orders, and the number increasing, we will likely see many agencies utilizing the guidance.


    The Society for Human Resources Management (SRHM) released an article in March highlighting preparedness for organizations. You can click here for the article.

    Other Resources

    We have also received articles and updates from members - from HumRRO, FMP Consulting, SIOP, and our 2019 Fall Event Speaker, Steven Rogelberg! Below is a listing of these resources:

    If you identify resources you think the broader PTCMW membership would find helpful, please pass them along. You can email the president at president.ptcmw@gmail.com.

  • 04/08/2020 4:28 PM | Anonymous

    The Almost One Month Telework Check-in

    Author: Lorin Mueller, with Gwen Fisher

    Like many of you, I am on my fourth week of teleworking. The first week was a scramble – what do we need to get done now and how are we going to do it? The second week was spent cleaning up all the messes from the first week. Last week was spent peering into my cloudy crystal ball to think about how we’re going to tackle the tough stuff if we can’t have face-to-face meetings for two more months. This week it’s time for a check-in: reflecting on what is working, what’s not, and how we can make it better. I reached out to Gwen Fisher, an expert on Occupational Health Psychology, to get some tips to share with the PTCMW Community on how to stay healthy and productive under these unusual and stressful circumstances.

    From Gwen:

    As you set up a remote workspace, please keep some occupational health issues in mind. First, pay attention to office-related ergonomics, so that you don’t end up with a strain-related injury due to poor posture and typing positions.

    Here is a free ergonomic checklist to see if you have set it up correctly:  https://ehs.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/WorkstationErgonomicsAssessmentChecklist.pdf

    Take breaks and stretch. Here is a link with helpful information:  http://rmi.prep.colostate.edu/ergonomics/stretching-and-injury-prevention/

    Best practices for web conferences:

    • For conference calls, encourage people to join 5 at least minutes early and test the video/audio to make sure the technology is working so you don’t waste the first 5-10 minutes of the meeting doing this.
    • Know where the video on/off and mute on/off buttons are, and always know which is on/off. Don’t waste others’ time talking when accidentally muted, and make sure no one hears you when you flush the toilet.
    • If (when) you need to yell at your kids, you probably want to turn the mute button on first.
    • If you are only dressed from the waist up, do not stand up while on video.
    • If you are running the meeting, check in with everyone on the call periodically to make sure everyone is included.
    • Acknowledge and understand that everyone is dealing with extra stress during this time. Be as patient and as flexible as you can be.

    Beyond that, here are some additional recommendations for psychologically healthy and effective telework:

    • Have a designated work space that is separate from where you sleep and otherwise aim to relax.
    • If you have family members or roommates around, try to find a space with a door and use the door (i.e., close it when you are in this space working.
    • Set and communicate your planned work hours to help minimize interruptions. Setting physical and psychological barriers is helpful for managing work and non-work. The more you can set reasonable expectations among those around you, the more helpful boundaries can be.
    • Establish a start-work and close-work routine. (Mine consists of organizing the materials I need and having a cup of tea nearby, but placed so that I won’t accidentally spill it all over my laptop… been there, done that!)
    • Turn off audible and visible email notifications (dings, envelopes that appear on your screen) to help minimize cognitive interruptions.
    • Minimize distractions from other devices.
    • Take breaks! During this time, change your location, take a walk, drink water, get some exercise.
    • Don’t eat at your workspace – take a break for snacks and meals.

    For those of us who will be homeschooling our kids amidst work over the coming weeks, no doubt there will be some extra challenges! Set up a routine, stick to the schedule as much as possible, and communicate!

    Those are great recommendations. Reflecting on my current situation, I could probably improve in a few key areas: ergonomics, stretching, and not yelling at the kids during web conferences. A few other things I have added to my routine:  

    • Our leadership team has an informal weekly check-in to share information over “lunch”. It’s great to have some unstructured time to deal with odds and ends rather than have to rely on the flood of emails. It’s scheduled for an hour but we usually end it early.
    • Last week, I invited my team to a web conference check just to check on everyone’s mood – no work stuff. We each shared a highlight of working from home, our biggest challenge, and a shoutout to a team member who helped us out. It really seemed to lift people’s spirits.
    • I am repurposing all the lessons I learned from Steve Rogelberg at the Fall Event to apply to the dreaded Family Meetings, which have become may more frequent now that we’re all at home 24-7. Some truisms…
      • Have food available. We have four kids, so the law of large numbers dictates that at least one of them will complain about it at any given meal. It’s always good to have something in your mouth to keep you from yelling. And beverages for proper spit-takes.
      • Rather than make family meetings an hour, make them 45 minutes. You are a steward of your children’s time, and that time is apparently better spent on Fortnite.
      • Frame agenda items as questions. Rather than tell your child to make sure they don’t drop anything when they take the recycling out, ask them if they know why there are six soda cans on the lawn.
    I hope this has been helpful. And I hope you and everyone you care about is staying healthy in mind and body during while we do our part to get through this difficult time.

  • 10/09/2019 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Career Pathways – Frameworks for Navigating Successful Careers in a Tumultuous Work World

    Author: Gary W. Carter


    There have been extraordinary changes in jobs and careers in recent years driven by rapid technological change and globalization of the economy. These changes have resulted in fundamental transformations in the skills needed to thrive in the workplace; the pace of change in skill requirements and tasks performed on jobs; how tasks are configured into jobs; how, where, when and by whom work is accomplished; and in how and through what organizational contexts services are procured. Put simply, these changes have profoundly affected careers throughout the world, with frequent job transitions and tens of millions of gig workers.

    Within this context, there have been many notable efforts in both the educational and workplace contexts to help individuals gain in-demand skills, hone the ability to proactively maintain and update their skill portfolios, and successfully navigate career pathways in an increasingly tumultuous world of work. The forthcoming edited volume entitled Career Pathways: From School to Retirement (J. Hedge and G. Carter, eds., Oxford University Press, in press) brings together a host of authors representing both educational and workplace perspectives from several countries to examine how a career pathways approach can help both individuals and organizations thrive in today’s world.

    As stressed by Hedge and Carter in the introductory chapter of the book:

    “It is important that educational institutions focus on building workforce skills and systematically prepare students for success in the complex, messy, shifting work environment that they will face throughout their careers. It is also important for persons in the workforce to proactively manage their careers by routinely updating their knowledge and skills, seeking out experiences to help them grow in their careers, and maintaining an awareness of potential next steps on their career paths. It is important for businesses to help build a workforce that is equipped to thrive in the ever-changing world of work. Adopting a career pathways framework and approach can help guide educational institutions in teaching students competencies that will increase their employability and can also help organizations develop people strategically, build engagement, and improve retention. Creating a more holistic, data-driven perspective on career progression—for individuals, organizations, and the workforce development community—increases the likelihood that sound, equitable, and beneficial decisions will be made by all stakeholders responsible for supporting and guiding career choices and career success across the life course” (Hedge and Carter, Ch. 1).

  • 06/24/2019 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    Hello from UMD Psychology! I wanted to invite the Personnel Testing Council to our "Everything I/O Psychology Event" we will be hosting here this coming fall. Please see details below. We will provide a lite dinner and some FREE gifts to those who participate. Just register HERE. We'd like to have one or two I/O Professional Associations at this event. I know our students will greatly benefit from PTCMW's participation. Thanks and hope to hear from you. 

    Everything I/O Psychology Event

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    5:00 pm-7:00 pm

    University of Maryland, College Park

    1140 A-B Biology Psychology Building

    Organizations register HERE

    *Limited space available

    This FREE event is an opportunity for undergraduate students to learn more about the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology inclusive of careers, graduate school, internships, professional associations/development, and research. The Event will follow a fair style format whereas student participants will have the opportunity to freely browse and navigate the different areas and organizations in attendance.  We hope your organization will consider participating! Register HERE

    Steve Young

    Academic Advisor

    SONA Administrator/Undergraduate Internship Coordinator/Instructor 

    University of Maryland

    Department of Psychology

    College Park, MD 20742


    Tel: 301.405.5866

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