Areas of Expertise (9)
Most Americans spend the majority of their day at work. Unfortunately many workers are unhappy with their organization and management, which results in an unmotivated workforce and decreased employee well-being. Dr. Sawyer is an expert in industrial-organizational psychology, with a specific focus on diversity in the workplace, as well as leadership, work-life balance. She also studies the impact of negative workplace behaviors, such as harassment, abusive supervision, or counterproductive work behaviors, on employees and organizations, as well as the possibility for positive psychological mechanisms, such as mindfulness, hope, and optimism, to buffer these effects. She can offer thoughts on how to increase company effectiveness by leveraging and transforming human resource strategy. Dr. Sawyer has recently written for or appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Christian Science Monitor and Fast Company.
Pennsylvania State University: PhD
Pennsylvania State University: MA
Villanova University: BA
- Women's Resource Center - Committee Member
- Dawn's Place - Vice President of the Board
- Philadelphia Society for People and Strategy, Board Member, Community Connections Co-Chair
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Fixing a Toxic Culture Like Uber’s Requires More Than Just a New CEO
By: Katina Sawyer and Christian Thoroughgood
Recently, Uber has been under fire for a bad corporate culture, which promoted, among other things, sexism and other forms of toxic behavior. This led to a four-month investigation and pressure from the board for founder and CEO Travis Kalanick to take an indefinite leave of absence. He suddenly resigned as CEO on June 20 after several major investors demanded he step down...
O'Reilly and changing a culture of sexual harassment
The Christian Science Monitor
When Fox News was forced to part ways with their wildly successful host Bill O’Reilly this week, many pointed out an all-too-common problem in many American businesses: a culture that tolerates sexual harassment. ... Katina Sawyer, a professor in the human resource development program at Villanova University near Philadelphia, says "a zero-tolerance policy for harassment is necessary to counterbalance the long-standing culture." “Ambiguity around sexual harassment policies breeds negative behaviors,” Professor Sawyer continues. “If companies want to make it clear that sexual harassment is not tolerated, they need to have clear reporting channels and take consistent action when allegations are found to have merit.”
How A Group Of CEOs Plans To Solve Gender Inequality At Their Companies
Technology may be pushing the rate of change ever faster, but so far, no app or bot has been able to accelerate the pace of parity for women in leadership. According to the most recent report by LeanIn.org and McKinsey, women account for only 20% of staff at the senior vice president level and 20% of line roles that lead to the C-suite. ... More recent research from Katina Sawyer and Anna Marie Valerio published in the Harvard Business Review revealed that not only do male sponsors help level the playing field for their female proteges, they tend to do so by involving both men and women to help with that advancement.
The Men Who Mentor Women
Harvard Business Review
By: Anna Marie Valerio and Katina Sawyer.
While women make up 51.5% of all managers, much fewer women rise to the C-suite. A survey of 25,000 Harvard Business School graduates found that although male and female graduates had similar levels of ambition, men were significantly more likely to have positions in senior management, direct reports, and profit-and-loss responsibility.
Presidential Election Is Stressing Out Workers, Hurting Productivity
The contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for president of the United States is stressing out workers and inciting workplace arguments that are hurting productivity, according to new findings by the American Psychological Association (APA). ... Katina Sawyer, an assistant professor of psychology and graduate programs in human resource development at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, observed that people feel their very identity is being discussed daily on cable TV. Moreover, she said, people may feel that Trump's focus on Muslims, immigrants and women's appearances isolates them from co-workers who support Trump's views.
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Christian N. Thoroughgood, Katina B. Sawyer
Larry R Martinez, Katina B. Sawyer, Christian N. Thoroughgood, Enrica N. Ruggs, & Nicholas A. Smith
Christian N. Thoroughgood, Katina B. Sawyer, Art Padilla, Laura Lunsford
Katina Sawyer, Anna Marie Valerio