Four Members of Aon's Assessment Solutions' Team Will Present on Gamification and Meaning at SIOP 2017

February 27, 2017 Aon's Assessment Solutions

Dr Katharina Lochner, research director at Aon's Assessment Solutions, the international assessment specialist, will present alongside three of her colleagues in two symposium sessions on gamification and meaning in the workplace, at the SIOP 2017 Conference (27-29 April, Orlando, Florida).

The 32nd annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology will highlight the latest developments in psychological research, theory and practice. The three-day event will include symposia, roundtables, panel discussions, poster sessions, debates and master tutorials.

The first symposium is entitled Game-Based Assessment: Concepts and insight from research and practice (Friday April 28, 10.00-11.30am, Northern Hemisphere E2). Aon's Assessment Solutions will chair the symposium and Dr Lochner will be joined by Dr Achim Preuss from Aon as well as Lara Montefiori of Arctic Shores, and Alina Siemsen and Tim Warszta from Westcoast University of Applied Sciences.

“This symposium will examine the latest research evidence around gamification and the difference between gamified assessments (proven psychometric instruments which have been customised with game elements to make them more engaging) and game-based assessments (purpose-built games which psychometrically assess the user’s behaviour while ‘playing’ the game),” said Dr Lochner. “We’ll provide a conceptual framework for gamification, which has been lacking to date, and we’ll explore how gamified and game-based assessments can be used alongside traditional psychometric assessments in selection and development.”

In a separate symposium, Courtney Deyulio and Dr Marinus van Driel from Aon USA as well as 11 other experts will examine the issue and study of meaning in the workplace. The session is entitled Mixed method approaches to understanding meaning and the meaningfulness of work (Friday April 28, 5.00-5.50pm, Southern Hemisphere III).

“This symposium will explore what makes experiences at work meaningful,” said Dr Lochner. “We’ll examine how different generations of employees define meaning in the workplace and we’ll look at what impact a sense of meaning can have on employee performance in different work contexts.”

Andreas Lohff, Managing Director of Aon, said: “We’re very honoured to have four members of our team selected to present at this prestigious conference. This event is a chance for the world’s industrial and organisational psychologists to meet and discuss current issues and emerging trends in the workplace. The sessions involving cut-e will present new thinking around gamification and meaning in the workplace and they’ll examine the practical implications for selecting and developing the right employees and for creating the right culture in organisations.”

The SIOP 2017 Conference will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotel in Orlando, Florida, on 27-29 April.


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