According to one survey, 61 percent of employees indicated that work stress had made them unwell, with 7% saying they had been hospitalized as a result. Job stress costs US businesses more than $300 billion a year and is thought to be the cause of 120,000 extra deaths each year. Overwork may kill one million Chinese citizens each year. People are literally starving for money. And it has to come to an end.
Long work hours, work-family conflict, and economic uncertainty, according to Jeffrey Pfeffer in this current, provocative book, are toxic to employees, reducing engagement, increasing turnover, and ruining people's physical and mental health, as well as antagonistic to company performance. Human sustainability, he claims, should be just as vital as environmental care.
You don't have to work in a physically hazardous environment to face a health-damaging, potentially life-threatening workplace. Just ask a senior finance manager whose massive workload, which was previously handled by numerous people, necessitated frequent all-nighters, leading to alcohol and drug addiction. Or consider the determined news media producer whose dedication to getting the story led in a sixty-pound weight increase due to a lack of downtime to eat appropriately or exercise. Alternatively, the marketing professional was prescribed antidepressants just a week after starting her new job.
In Dying for a Paycheck, Jeffrey Pfeffer marshals a vast body of evidence and numerous examples from around the world to reveal the infuriating truth about modern work life: while organizations allow management practices that literally sicken and kill their employees, those policies do not improve productivity or the bottom line, resulting in a lose-lose situation.
Pfeffer offers guidance and practical solutions for all of us—employees, employers, and the government—to improve workplace wellbeing. He covers a wide range of important topics, including layoffs, health insurance, work-family conflict, work hours, job autonomy, and why people stay in toxic environments. Pfeffer believes that we must wake up to the hazards and massive costs of today's workplace. Dying for a Paycheck is a rallying cry for a social movement dedicated to human survival. Pfeffer makes it apparent that the environment in which we work is just as important as the one in which we live, and he opens our eyes and tells us how to make our workplaces healthier and better in this vital book.
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