What motivates us to do a good job? When does the pressure of work impact upon our health and well-being? How can employers choose the right candidates?
The Psychology of Working Life shows how, whether we like it or not, the way we work, and our feelings about it, play a fundamental role in overall well-being. From the use of psychometrics in recruiting the right candidate, to making working life more efficient, the book illustrates how work in industrialized societies continues to be founded upon core psychological ideas.
Motivation and job satisfaction have become recognized as key to job design and The Psychology of Working Life suggests that changing the way we work can impact on our stress levels, overall health, and productivity.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: What we talk about when we talk about work
2. Harder, better, faster, stronger: The rationalization of working life
3. It’s life Jim, life as we know it: Why working should be fun
4. Right person, right position: Optimizing worker-environment fit
5. Chance takers, accident makers: Error management at work
6. The seventh day: Recovery from work
7. The shape of things to come: Trends and challenges
Toon Taris is Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He has a particular interest in worker stress and health.