SAN DIEGO, CA — Jennifer J. Deal, a Senior Research Scientist with the Center for Creative Leadership, has been announced as the 2017 recipient of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology’s Raymond A. Katzell Award.
The award recognizes an industrial-organizational psychologist who has demonstrated to the public the importance of the field in addressing social and workplace issues. It acknowledges a psychologist whose research has an impact on society’s wellbeing, such as making organizations better places to work, more satisfying to workers, more efficient, or creating a service that’s beneficial to the public.
As part of the award, Deal will receive $3,000 from the Ohio-based SIOP, a division of the American Psychological Association.
“Groundbreaking research is at the core of CCL’s mission and services, and Jennifer’s work plays a major role in keeping us at the forefront of our field,” CCL President and CEO John R. Ryan said. “We are delighted that she has received this prestigious and well-deserved recognition.”
For years, Jennifer Deal has been a valued resource for journalists on global and remote work, generational differences at work, and the always-on workplace. In particular, her research on generational differences — with a current focus on millennials — has been the standard for more than a decade, starting with her first book on the subject, Retiring the Generation Gap, and continuing with her most recent co-authored book, What Millennials Want from Work.
“Hers is the only consistent voice clarifying and adding nuance to the public discussion around millennials and intergenerational differences, highlighting the consequences of life stages, labor market context, and other factors,” the SIOP said in a statement announcing Deal as this year’s award winner. “Her research, supported by solid data and accessible to general audiences, has often debunked common misperceptions on the extent and nature of true generational differences at work.
“Not confined to academic journals, her perspectives and guidance goes directly to business leaders through trusted, widely read media outlets,” the SIOP continued. “She is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s Thought Leaders Experts column on generational issues at work. Her influence is impressive and her writing has made significant contributions not only to our field but also to the broader organizational landscape and improving the workplace.”
Deal — who works at CCL’s San Diego office and is also an affiliated research scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California — has spoken about generational differences on 6 continents. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, the Guardian, Harvard Business Review, and many other media outlets. What Millennials Want from Work is her third book.