Well-Being and the Quality of Working Lives

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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.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdward Elgar, Cheltenham UK
Number of pages352
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 83910 878 5
ISBN (Print)978 1 83910 877 8
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2022


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