This summer, the SIOP Executive Board introduced plans to hold a vote of the Society’s membership to determine whether or not SIOP should change its name. After taking member comments into consideration via the SIOP Exchange, the board has made the decision to begin the first step of the voting process October 1.
1. Decide on an alternative name: First, members will take part in a vote between three popular alternative names to SIOP. This vote will continue through October 30.
2. Vote between the alternative and SIOP: Second, members will take part in the name change vote between the winner of the first vote and the current name. This final vote will take place December 4 through January 4.
After consideration of proposed alternatives and previous internal discussions, the board decided on three alternatives to be included in this first vote:
The Society for Organizational Psychology (TSOP)
Society for Work Psychology (SWP)
Society for Work and Organizational Psychology (SWOP)
Voting will be done online, and SIOP members will receive e-mails detailing how to submit their ballots for this first vote. Votes will be cast on SIOP’s voting site here.
In this initial vote, members will be choosing their favorite alternative name to SIOP. This is the name that will continue to the final vote against SIOP. To avoid a situation the Society has had in the past where no name received a majority of the vote, we are holding this first vote as a sort of primary election that will determine which alternative name is the most popular and therefore suitable to face SIOP in December. This way, the final vote will consist of only two names, SIOP and the winner of the first vote, so that one of these names is likely to receive a majority vote.
Make sure your opinions are heard on whether the Society should keep the name SIOP or change the name once and for all: Vote!
Are we voting on the acronym too?
The acronyms were considered along with the society name, so a vote for one is a vote for both. Although "Society for Organizational Psychology" is simple and direct, many members are uncomfortable with SOP as an acronym, so the board consciously chose to put "The Society for Organizational Psychology (TSOP)" on the ballot.
Who gets to vote?
All voting members (Fellows, Members, Retired Fellows, and Retired Members) of SIOP may vote on the name change.
How do I vote?
Voting members will receive e-mails from SIOP detailing how and where to vote.
When will the voting take place?
Voting for this first election will begin October 1 and continue through October 30. The final vote between SIOP and the winner of the current election will take place December 4 through January 4.
When will we know the results?
Results of the runoff will be announced in early November, and results of the final name change vote will be announced in mid January. Check www.siop.org and the SIOP Exchange in the coming weeks for updates.
To read more about the name change and the process, read the following Exchange posts published voe rhte last few months: