Healthy Work; Stress, Productivity, and the Reconstruction of Working Life

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Evidence is accumulating that in many contemporary work environments people are literally working themselves to death. But what do we really know about job-related stress and illness? Based on a ten-year study of nearly five thousand workers, this path-breaking book by a distinguished industrial engineer and sociologist and a specialist in industrial medicine identifies a clear connection between work-related illness and workers’ lack of participation in the design and outcome ...

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Overview

Evidence is accumulating that in many contemporary work environments people are literally working themselves to death. But what do we really know about job-related stress and illness? Based on a ten-year study of nearly five thousand workers, this path-breaking book by a distinguished industrial engineer and sociologist and a specialist in industrial medicine identifies a clear connection between work-related illness and workers’ lack of participation in the design and outcome of their labors.

The authors conclude that people whose jobs combine high psychological demands with little control over work face two to three times the heart attack risk.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
Provides compelling reasons for treating the American work force as a valuable resource...and for looking at occupational stress as a serious problem.
Library Journal
Karasek and Theorell, American and Swedish academicians respectively, analyze in their important work how heart disease, diabetes, and other stress-related ailments are generated by the way in which people are forced to work in their jobs. In this unfortunately difficult-to-read book, marked by turgid prose and awkward phrasing, the authors analyze various stress/work studies done over the years in America and Europe. In the second half of the book, they discuss various ways being developed to deal with the lack of worker participation in decision-making on the job. The authors mince no words in their conclusions that the well-being of employees can and must be enhanced through meaningful involvement in formulating the manner and mode of their tasks. For labor collections.-- Norman Lederer, UAW, Woodbridge, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465028979
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 381
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Karasek is professor of work environment at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.Töres Theorell, a physician, is also a professor at Sweden’s National Institute for Psychosocial Factors and Health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Robert Karasek is professor of work environment at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.Töres Theorell, a physician, is also a professor at Sweden’s National Institute for Psychosocial Factors and Health at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

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