Workplace Psychology: How to Make the Workplace Work for You


This is a one-day course aimed at those interested in how we can make the work system work, and create a more successful physical and psychological workplace.

How do we, as humans, make the work system work? 

Are there things we can do which will lead to greater success? 

In this course, key detractors to performance, -and ways to manage behaviour to overcome them, are explored. Recommendations for creating a more successful physical and psychological workplace, including effects of remote working, are discussed.

Finally an exploration of how we can use physical (or system) change, interpersonal change and culture, to build resilient and flexible individuals and teams.

This course can be taken separately or as part of a weekly discount fee package.

Details of the discount registration for Week 1

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Programme details

The aim of the course is to examine the workplace within the framework of a system between the physical environment (e.g. the open plan office, the part-time worker, the virtual team), and the people who make that system work.

Aspects of the physical environment -found in most offices- which interfere with human information processing, are explored. Issues in diversity – how we each see the tasks ahead, and why we might see them differently, are discussed. 

Finally we use this knowledge to explore managing differences, through physical (or system) change, interpersonal change and culture, to build resilient and flexible individuals and teams.

Key Themes

  • Work as a system –humans as the flexibility in the system, what are the consequences on physical and emotional health? - and how to mediate those effects.
  • The physical workplace: physical elements of the workplace drive behaviour –how can we use this to drive the behaviour that we want!
  • The human in the machine -“I can’t think in here!” How to recognise an environment which is not conducive to the work, and what to do about it!
  • Diversity: we are all different. How does that affect our workplace behaviour? (-simple strategies which are free or inexpensive, and cost effective) 
  • Managing the culture: culture drives performance. How to change the culture to overcome workplace obstacles and change behaviour for good!

After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Build strategies for improving human-centred practice within your organisation
  • Improve the performance of staff
  • Recognise sources of conflict in your team
  • Understand how to improve the physical environment in your organisation



Participants who attend the full course will receive a University of Oxford certificate of attendance. This will be presented to you prior to the end of the course wherever possible.

The certificate will show your name, the course title and the dates of the course you attended.



Description Costs
Standard course fee £495.00


Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.

All courses are VAT exempt.

Register immediately online 

Click the “book now” button on this webpage. Payment by credit or debit card is required.

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If you require an invoice for your company or personal records, please complete an online application form. The Course Administrator will then email you an invoice. Payment is accepted online by credit/debit card, or by bank transfer. Please do not send card or bank details by email.​


Dr Jane Pollock

Course Director

Independent Consultant and Researcher

Jane is a Chartered Psychologist, an Independent Consultant in Organisational Psychology, and a tutor and lecturer in Psychology and Statistics. She has a history of highly successful courses in both Psychology and Business streams, and takes a practical approach to a subject crucial to the success of people in Organisations.


If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying, please click Contact Us at the top of this page.


Although not included in the course fee, accommodation may be available at our on-site Rewley House Residential Centre. All bedrooms are en suite and decorated to a high standard, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

To check prices, availability and to book rooms please visit the Rewley House Residential Centre website.