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Title:
Dying for a paycheck : how modern management harms employee health and company performance--and what we can do about it / Jeffrey Pfeffer.
ISBN:
9780062800923
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperBusiness, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
258 pages ; 24 cm
Contents:
Management decisions and human sustainability -- The enormous toll of toxic workplaces -- Layoffs and economic insecurity : a lose-lose proposition -- No health insurance, no health -- Health effects of long work hours and work-family conflict -- Two critical elements of a healthy workplace -- Why people stay in toxic workplaces -- What might, and should, be different.
Abstract:
"In this timely, provocative book, Jeffrey Pfeffer contends that many modern management commonalities such as long hours, work-family conflict, and economic insecurity are toxic to employees--hurting engagement, increasing turnover, and destroying people's physical and emotional health--while also being inimical to company performance. He argues that human sustainability should be as important as environmental stewardship. You don't have to do a physically dangerous job to confront a health-destroying, possibly life-threatening workplace....In "Dying for a Paycheck", Jeffrey Pfeffer marshals a vast trove of evidence and numerous examples from all over the world to expose the infuriating truth about modern work life: even as organizations allow management practices that actually sicken and kill their employees, those policies do not enhance productivity or the bottom line, thereby creating a lose-lose situation. Exploring a range of important topics, including layoffs, health insurance, work-family conflict, work hours, job autonomy, and why people remain in toxic environments, Pfeffer offers guidance and practical solutions that all of us--employees, employers, and the government--can use to enhance workplace well-being. We must wake up to the dangers and enormous costs to today's workplace, Pfeffer argues. "Dying for a Paycheck" is a clarion call for a social movement focused on human sustainability. Pfeffer makes clear that the environment we work in is just as important as the one we live in, and with this urgent book he opens our eyes and shows how we can make our workplaces healthier and better."--jacket flaps
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Summary

In one survey, 61 percent of employees said that workplace stress had made them sick and 7 percent said they had actually been hospitalized. Job stress costs US employers more than $300 billion annually and may cause 120,000 excess deaths each year. In China, 1 million people a year may be dying from overwork. People are literally dying for a paycheck. And it needs to stop.

In this timely, provocative book, Jeffrey Pfeffer contends that many modern management commonalities such as long work hours, work-family conflict, and economic insecurity are toxic to employees--hurting engagement, increasing turnover, and destroying people's physical and emotional health--and also inimical to company performance. He argues that human sustainability should be as important as environmental stewardship.

You don't have to do a physically dangerous job to confront a health-destroying, possibly life-threatening, workplace. Just ask the manager in a senior finance role whose immense workload, once handled by several employees, required frequent all-nighters--leading to alcohol and drug addiction. Or the dedicated news media producer whose commitment to getting the story resulted in a sixty-pound weight gain thanks to having no down time to eat properly or exercise. Or the marketing professional prescribed antidepressants a week after joining her employer.

In Dying for a Paycheck, Jeffrey Pfeffer marshals a vast trove of evidence and numerous examples from all over the world to expose the infuriating truth about modern work life: even as organizations allow management practices that literally sicken and kill their employees, those policies do not enhance productivity or the bottom line, thereby creating a lose-lose situation.

Exploring a range of important topics including layoffs, health insurance, work-family conflict, work hours, job autonomy, and why people remain in toxic environments, Pfeffer offers guidance and practical solutions all of us--employees, employers, and the government--can use to enhance workplace wellbeing. We must wake up to the dangers and enormous costs of today's workplace, Pfeffer argues. Dying for a Paycheck is a clarion call for a social movement focused on human sustainability. Pfeffer makes clear that the environment we work in is just as important as the one we live in, and with this urgent book, he opens our eyes and shows how we can make our workplaces healthier and better.


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Library Journal Review

Pfeffer (Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford Univ. Graduate Sch. of Business; Power: Why Some People Have It-and Others Don't) has written numerous books in the fields of management and human resources. In this work, the author questions practices common to organizations today, arguing on behalf of employees and presenting vast documentation of modern management and personnel struggles. He suggests ways to improve on topics such as layoffs, health insurance, work-family balance, job autonomy, and toxic environments and sounds a clarion call for a better treatment of Human Resources. Pfeffer further contrasts the office environment and the natural environment and makes recommendations for the enhancement of each. Verdict This book should be in every business or management collection in university, public, and special libraries.-Littleton Maxwell, formerly with Robins Sch. of Business, Univ. of Richmond © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Management Decisions and Human Sustainabilityp. 9
Chapter 2 The Enormous Toll of Toxic Workplacesp. 36
Chapter 3 Layoffs and Economic Insecurity: A Lose-Lose Propositionp. 65
Chapter 4 No Health Insurance, No Healthp. 92
Chapter 5 Health Effects of Long Work Hours and Work-Family Conflictp. 118
Chapter 6 Two Critical Elements of a Healthy Workplacep. 146
Chapter 7 Why People Stay in Toxic Workplacesp. 169
Chapter 8 What Might-and Should-Be Differentp. 190
Acknowledgmentsp. 215
Notesp. 219
Indexp. 245

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