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Well-Being and Quality of Working Lives

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Well-Being and Quality of Working Lives

9781839108778 Edward Elgar Publishing
Daniel Wheatley, Reader in Business and Labour Economics, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK
Publication Date: February 2022 ISBN: 978 1 83910 877 8 Extent: c 368 pp
This insightful book draws together expansive international and interdisciplinary evidence to develop a comprehensive framework for understanding and enhancing workplace well-being through the lens of job quality. It analyses how paid work influences the well-being of workers, the organizations for which they complete tasks of employment, and the societies in which we live.

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This insightful book draws together expansive international and interdisciplinary evidence to develop a comprehensive framework for understanding and enhancing workplace well-being through the lens of job quality. It analyses how paid work influences the well-being of workers, the organizations for which they complete tasks of employment, and the societies in which we live.

Daniel Wheatley constructs a theoretical framework around three strategic elements: the culture of the organization and its workers, the structures that govern their activities, and the physical and psychological work environment. The book then explores six dimensions which underpin these strategic elements: job properties, flexibility, rewarding careers, relationships, giving, and physical space and activity. Incorporating case studies and practical insights for applying the framework, including measurement methods, the book offers a comprehensive account of the influences and impacts of paid work on the quality of working lives.

Contributing to the understanding of the complex and dynamic relationship between well-being and the quality of our working lives, this book will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of human resource management, organization studies, employment relations and organizational behaviour. Its practical guidance will also be beneficial for business managers and practitioners in these fields.
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‘The importance of work for one’s well-being is being increasingly recognized by scholars and policymakers alike. This insightful book enhances considerably our understanding of the variety of ways in which paid work influences both objective and subjective aspects of well-being. Its multidimensional, multimethod, and multidisciplinary approach underscores the utility of a holistic, comprehensive framework for comprehending and addressing the impacts of work quality on workers that will prove useful to managers as well as researchers.’
– Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US
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