Writer Annie Dillard famously said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” For many of us, a large portion of our days is spent at work; in fact, the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime.
It’s safe to say your job can make a huge impact on your quality of life.
That’s why Andrew Naber ’07 has dedicated his career to researching different factors that can make a positive impact on people’s work lives.
“It’s what excites me most [about my research],” said Naber. “We spend a lot of time at work and it really affects people’s general happiness, and also life outcomes.”
Naber is an industrial and organizational (I-O) psychologist and an associate behavioral scientist at RAND Corp, where he works on research related to workforce development policy, employee selection, and individual and team training performance. As a first-year student at Gettysburg, he was interested in psychology and religion, and originally found a connection to I-O psychology through an alumnus whose research is prominent in the field. Today, Naber’s own research touches on a variety of topic areas—all centered on figuring out what impacts life in the workplace and making policy recommendations to improve it.