Internal Tempo in the Workplace: The New Frontier for Professional Efficiency
Haverford College. Department of Psychology
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Internal tempo is a trait that every individual has - it embodies their relationship with psychological time and influences how they perceive and interact with the world around them. Recent research has begun looking at time and how individual perceptions of time impact individuals and groups of people, but one frontier that has been less explored is how psychological time affects groups of people in the workplace. This paper reviews the tenets of internal tempo and other psychological temporal concepts, branching into how time and professional settings interact. It finishes with suggestions on how organizations can optimize their employee satisfaction and overall productivity by better understanding and embracing tenets of psychological time, particularly with regards to temporal profiles of different professions and a time urgency scale specifically designed for professional situations.