In the modern workplace, millions of dollars are spent each year on employee training. All too often, however, little thought and effort is spent on evaluating training and ensuring that the correct training is taking place. Successful training is about understanding both organizational goals and employee behavior. The basis for this book is the 9th Annual River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference held on the campus of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in October 2013. The theme of the conference was “Trends in Training”. Accordingly, the focus of many of the talks was on how to train people to thrive and succeed in the environment where they spend a large portion of their lives – the workplace.
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Brian J. O’Leary, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Psychology at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition to his teaching and administrative responsibilities, he also provides consulting services for organizations, primarily in the areas of job analysis and training. His current research interests focus on organizational justice and equity sensitivity.Bart L. Weathington, PhD, is a UC Foundation Professor and Coordinator of the graduate program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His research, teaching, and consulting activates focus mainly on applied psychology in the workplace, sport psychology, and the psychology of money. Christopher J. L. Cunningham, PhD, is a UC Foundation Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is actively engaged in industrial-organizational and occupation health psychology research, teaching, and consulting.Michael D. Biderman, PhD, is Salem Carpet Professor of Psychology at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate statistics, he is engaged in research on the use of personality tests in selection and assessment.