1/3 of your life is spent at work: Andrew Naber ’07 conducts research to make it better

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.

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