The larger businesses or organisations grow, the more complex their internal structure becomes. While a small local company might have a “one-boss-does-it-all” system, companies with dozens, hundreds or thousands of employees need effective methods and procedures to attract, optimise, guide, train and reward their human capital effectively. This helps to keep costs in check, while creating a pleasant work environment, which attracts, inspires and encourages employees to give 100% of their talents and capabilities to their jobs.
The theories and practices of Applied Psychology can play an instrumental role in designing and applying an effective Human Resource strategy, which involves a lot more than simply hiring bright minds. Even the most talented and educated people will not perform well if there is no effective internal structure in place, providing for adequate training, offering compensation schemes, professional development programmes, and all other personnel related procedures and infrastructure. Psychology can contribute significantly in analysing, appraising and enhancing human performance in different contexts and is a valuable tool for HR Management.
Applied Psychology degrees examine how Human Resource Management can effectively use scientific principles and methods of psychology in organisations and businesses. In addition to examining internal structures and employee relations, these degrees usually also focus on the customer side, analysing trends and customer feedback to help organisations serve better and retain their clientele, while maximising their profits.
With globalisation and the rising need for organisations and businesses to remain competitive, in spite of decreasing profit margins, internationally tried and tested approaches have started to become an integral part of many successful businesses worldwide, as Forbes Africa recently illustrated. It is imperative for professionals to stay on top of their game, by obtaining the latest knowledge and skills concerning developments and best practices in their sector. But with the global job market becoming more competitive every year, less people can afford to take time off from their jobs, or put their careers on hold, in order to study at a campus university.
UNICAF provides the solution, enabling professionals to further their knowledge and obtain additional qualifications while keeping their jobs and salaries and staying at home with their families. Through the UNICAF state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), professionals living in any part of the world can access study material, learn at any time it is convenient for them and interact and network with tutors and fellow students in 156 countries around the globe. The UNICAF VLE enables professionals to study online for the MSc Psychology degree with internationally recognised University of South Wales in the UK, at a fraction of the cost with a generous UNICAF scholarship. Alternatively they can apply for UNICAF scholarships to pursue the MSc Organisational Psychology, or the MA Managerial Psychology, offered online by Unicaf University, a multi-campus pan-African institution, without having to relocate, leave their jobs or their families and friends.
To find out more about studying through UNICAF with a generous UNICAF scholarship, visit www.unicaf.org/partners/university-of-south-wales/ or www.unicafuniversity.com