Most of the time when observing development psychology, we study very specific aspects. This might be the appearance of symbolic capacity or parenting styles, for example. However, studying development psychology from a more well-rounded perspective allows us to design a human resources model which has a more holistic approach for employees. Knowing the stages of an individual, from birth until death, helps us understand their lives. This should be the starting point for any HR model and is where the theory of Erikson's stages of life comes into play.
Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development model represents the human life cycle in contemporary western culture. It is one of the most recognized models and, from the perspective of learning and human development, it was a revelation. From this theory, E. Erikson became one of the precursors of life cycle studies using a wider social-cultural sphere, extending human development beyond adolescence into early, middle, and late adulthood. His concept asserts that humans continue to change and develop throughout their lives, and that personality is not exclusively formed during early childhood years. It also emphasizes the social nature of human beings and the important influence that social relationships have on development.
Erikson's psychosocial theory is very powerful for self-awareness and improvement, and for helping others to grow. Every person has his or her own unique identity. This identity is composed of the different personality traits that can be considered positive or negative. They can also be innate or acquired and vary from one person to another based on the degree of influence that the environment has on the individual. The bottom line is that as human beings, we possess many characteristics that are defined by different elements of our surroundings. So, even though we belong to some of the same groups (gender, generation, culture…) we are all different.
Development psychology is the foundation of the everis employee journey map which covers what our employees need from a holistic perspective. The employee journey map starts at first contact with the company and ends when they leave the company. At everis UK we have defined 5 moments: falling in love, feeling welcomed, enjoying the walk, growing and seeing you soon.
Erikson’s Theory emphasizes psychosocial determinants of development. Erikson coined the term 'psychosocial' and stems from psychological (mind) and social (relationships). We defined initiatives to accelerate the skills, vision, and mind of our employees, to enhance careers and maximise their potential within their roles from a cognitive approach (establishing comprehensive development programmes; encouraging positive feedback and recognition; empowering our people with control over their own professional development…). We also have initiatives to promote a friendly environment and social relationships, such as celebrations, events, Fridays drinks, quality conversations...
We look forward to taking our people on a journey through the professional and personal evolution, making sure that we all appreciate each other's uniqueness. Fascinating, isn’t it?!
Only by embedding one’s understanding of another person within the “radius of their significant relations” and then placing the totality of these relations within their sociocultural, gendered, and historical context can a full understanding be approximated.