SEC Looks to Hire Psychologist to Boost Employee Morale
To combat stress, burnout and conflict, the SEC is planning to hire an organizational psychologist to boost employee morale. The new, full-time job pays upwards of $147,978 per year and is a two-year appointment with the possibility of an extension.
The SEC seeks a candidate with a degree in psychology with a master’s or doctorate preferred. According to Dow Jones Newswires, the ideal candidate will make recommendations on productivity, team-building and diversity and to develop "innovative solutions to complex psychological issues."
The announcement, which has been sent around the agency by e-mail is considered hilarious by some staffers. Others see it as a waste of money and worry that it could send some staff fleeing to the private sector. The idea of a SEC psychologist is amusing to many.
"Just one?" asked William McLucas, former SEC enforcement division director and now a partner with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. "They should get a couple."