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WAVE Research at Microsoft’s New Future of Work Symposium

 

The recent and rapid shift to remote work has presented organizations with many challenges. On August 3 -5, 2020, Microsoft will host New Future of Work, a virtual symposium bringing together researchers from various fields to discuss these challenges, with topics ranging from virtual reality workspaces to remote worker wellbeing. Among these researchers are WAVE lab members Dan Ravid, Jerod White, Dave Tomczak, Ahleah Miles, and director Tara Behrend, who will discuss their work on electronic performance monitoring. Their study, titled A Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Digital Surveillance of Workers: A Psychology Focused Approach, was selected as a featured presentation in the symposium. In quantitatively reviewing existing monitoring research, the authors consider the appropriate uses of the practice in the new future of work. To learn more about Microsoft’s New Future of Work symposium and see the complete list of accepted presentations, click here.


Above: Dan Ravid presents at Microsoft’s New Future of Work virtual symposium.

 

 

The WAVE Lab is Moving to Purdue!

 

We are excited to announce that the WAVE Lab will be moving to Purdue University this fall! Lab director Dr. Tara Behrend is thrilled about her new appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology.  She will be joined in West Lafayette by PhD students Jerod White, Brad Pitcher, and Peter Mancarella, and she will continue to work remotely with her other graduate students. Stay tuned for more details about this transition!

The WAVE Lab Goes Virtual

Who better to work virtually than a group of researchers who study technology at work? This week the WAVE Lab put the “V” in WAVE while practicing social distancing for our weekly meeting. We are currently hard at work wrapping up several projects and beginning to explore the organizational effects of COVID-19. In the meantime, we hope all our readers stay safe and well.

 

WebEx Screenshot from the March 30 WAVE Lab meeting. From top left: Dan Ravid, Dave Tomczak, Ahleah Miles, Peter Mancarella, Brad Pitcher, Jerod White, Michael Rodriguez, Noa Leiter, Valerie Guo, Tara Behrend

WAVE Research at Scientia Institute Conference

 

Several WAVE lab members presented their research at the Scientia Institute conference at Rice University in Houston, Texas on February 13-14, 2020.

 

WAVE lab director Tara Behrend spoke at the conference, presenting data from welders and welding educators in her talk, Rethinking the Role of Career and Technical Education for Workforce Development. 

Dave Tomczak and Pete Mancarella also presented a poster, An Instrument for Measuring Electronic Performance Monitoring, which was co-authored by lab alum Sarah Zarsky. Their study investigated the degree to which individuals perceive various forms of digital monitoring as acceptable. Findings suggest that characteristics of the monitoring device, its purpose, and its target all influence an individual’s perceived acceptability. Overall, newer monitoring technologies tend to be accepted less frequently than more established ones.

 

To learn more about the Scientia Institute conference, click here.

Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Horn

Congratulations to the WAVE lab’s newest Ph.D, Dr. Ryan Horn! In February he successfully defended his dissertation, titled Feedback-Seeking Behavior and Performance: A Longitudinal Exploration of Intraindividual Relationships. This study investigated new measurement and analysis approaches in feedback-seeking research. His findings offer initial evidence that feedback-seeking through a technology-mediated system relates to higher performance. We are proud of your accomplishments and wish you the best, Dr. Horn!

 

WAVE Lab Presentations at SIOP 2020

WAVE members will be presenting their research at the following sessions in Austin, Texas on April 23-25:

 

Thursday April 23rd

11:30 AM to 12:20 PM:

Blacksmith, N., Willford, J. C., & McCusker, M. Lack of focus on construct conceptualization is impeding scientific advancement. (Poster)

 

1:30 PM to 2:20 PM:

Ravid D. M. & Behrend, T. S. Break time task reminders, psychological detachment, and performance recovery. (Poster)

 

4:30 PM to 5:50 PM:

Behrend, T. S., Howard, M. C., Lee, L. M., Marin, S., Montefiori, L., Pitcher, B. D. (No Authorship Order). Virtual reality and assessment: Future directions for research and practice. (Alternative session)

 

 

Friday April 24th

10:00 AM to 10:50 AM:

Hess, R., Behrend, T. S., Carter, N. T., Kausel, E. E., Dubrow, S. R., Naber, A. M. Trust and the artificial intelligence-human interface at work. (Symposium)

 

12:30 PM to 1:20 PM:

Tomczak, D. L., Mancarela, P. J., Zarsky, S. & Behrend, T. S. An instrument for measuring electronic performance monitoring practices. (Poster)

 

1:30 PM to 2:20 PM:

Willford, J. C. & McCusker, M. From Humans OR Machines to Humans AND Machines: Optimizing Decision-making using AI (Panel Discussion)

 

Saturday April 25th

8:00 AM to 9:20 AM:

Langer, M. & Basch, J. Interview technology and AI: Effects on applicants, evaluators, and adverse impact. (Symposium)

  • White, J. C. & Behrend, T. S. Can you hear me now? The influence of technology disruptions in virtual interviews.
  • Gonzalez, M. F., Liu, W., Shirase, L., Tomczak, D. L., Lobbe, C. E., Justenhoven, R., Brandt, O., Tschöpe, N., Martin, N. R., & Preuss, A. AI as an ally: Improving reactions to artificial intelligence.

The Future of Job Interviews

Dr. Behrend was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal article by Hilke Schellmann on the future of job interviews. From AI-enabled personality profiles to skill-based certifications to virtual reality assessments, Dr. Behrend and other scholars forecast how rapid technological advancements and changes to the nature of work will affect job interviews in the 2020s. To read the article, click here.

Big Data in I-O and HRM

A new annual review by WAVE lab director Tara Behrend, along with Fred Oswald, Dan Putka, and Evan Sinar, discusses the relevance of big data and artificial intelligence for industrial-organizational psychologists and human resource managers. Their review provides a framework that covers both micro issues (e.g., linking data sources, decisions about which data to include, big data analytics) and macro issues (e.g., changing nature of big data, developing big data teams, educating professionals and graduate students, ethical and legal considerations). To read the paper, click here.

Congrats Dan!

 

Congratulations to WAVE lab member Dan Ravid on his recent accomplishments. In addition to passing his comprehensive exams in the spring, Dan was awarded the Mosel Award for research creativity for his second year project. His project explored the effects of break time task reminders on psychological detachment and vigilance performance using a latent growth modeling approach. Findings suggested that task reminders during breaks may indeed negatively affect post break vigilance performance as compared to a passive rest break without task reminders, but psychological detachment was not observed as a mediating mechanism for this relationship.

Dan was also recently awarded the Dean’s Graduate Instructorship for designing and proposing an undergraduate course on work-related stress. This instructorship allows Dan to teach his own undergraduate course while obtaining financial support for his dissertation research. Congrats Dan on these well-deserved accomplishments!

Dr. Behrend Discusses Future of Work on APA Podcast

 

Dr. Behrend recently spoke with Kaitlin Luna from the American Psychological Association’s podcast, Speaking of Psychology. In this episode, Luna and Behrend discuss technological trends and their effects on workers’ thoughts and behavior. As automation, artificial intelligence, and employee surveillance have become increasingly popular, ethical concerns and uncertainties surrounding the future of work exist. Dr. Behrend discusses these concerns while highlighting some recent findings from the WAVE lab. To listen or read a transcript of the podcast, click here.