Prof. Richard Griffith




Executive Director of The Institute for Culture, Collaboration, & Management at the Florida Institute of Technology.



The Paradigm Shift in Talent Management: Engagement in the Post-Pandemic Era



In the modern workplace, perhaps no condition has been more sought after than employee engagement – an employee’s positive state when at work characterized by enthusiasm and absorption in work tasks. Engagement has been linked to a number desirable outcomes such as individual performance, customer-satisfaction, loyalty, and profit (Harter, Schmidt & Hayes, 2002), and thus been viewed as a panacea in the modern workplace. However, left unchecked, recent research has suggested that employee engagement can also lead to undesirable outcomes such as burnout, workplace aggression, and work addiction. In addition, work engagement has been complicated by the pandemic and we see new relationships with work characterized by terms such as The Great Resignation and Quiet Quitting. This talk will explore the trials of the new era, and challenge organizational psychologists to elevate their research and practice to address this paradigm shift.




Dr. Richard Griffith is the Executive Director of The Institute for Culture, Collaboration, & Management at the Florida Institute of Technology. Dr. Griffith provides more than 20 years of expertise in talent management research and consulting. He is the founder of the Ph.D. Organizational Psychology program at Florida Tech, including the international concentration, the first in the U.S. In addition, he is the editor of the books Internationalizing the Organizational Psychology Curriculum, Critical Issues in Cross Cultural Management, and Leading Global Teams. He has served as a guest editor of the journals Human Performance and Organizational Development and associate editor of the European Journal of Psychological Assessment. He has been recognized as a Fellow by the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and as a Senior Research Fellow by the Army Research Institute. His work has been featured in Time magazine and The Wall Street Journal.


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