In this unique text, Christine Doyle provides the student with a cutting-edge introduction to the field of work and organizational psychology. The main focus is on recent changes that have occurred in the world of work, incorporating their causes, consequences, proposed solutions to the associated problems, and above all, the challenges they pose for work and organizational psychology.
Among the topics covered are motivation at work, the concept of stress, and the causes of individual accidents and organizational disasters. Solutions to such problems might include lifelong learning and training, performance management, career development, and employee assistance programmes.
This lively, provocative, and highly readable book will be an essential resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of work and organizational psychology, as well as business management students, managers and anyone with an interest in human resources management.
'Doyle writes in an appealing style, and uses compelling illustrations, examples and case-studies…This book is well worth geting hold of if you teach the psychology of work..The book is scholaraly and worth buying. Christine Doyle should be commended for writing the book in an honest and direct way rathe thn conforming totired academic writing conventions. She has not attempted to duplicate introductory textbooks, but has instead provided an engaging read to take students a stage further.' - Peter Robertson, Psychology: Learning & Teaching
Chapter 0: Read Me. (It's All in the Sub-title, or, I'd Like to Disagree with Aristotle's Principle of Moderation in All Things.) Chapter 1: What's It All About … ? (Introduction to Work and Organizational Psychology.) Chapter 2: All Change … The Past and Future of Work. (Organizational Change and Development.) Chapter 3: Why Work? (Or, Life, the Universe and Everything!) (Employee Relations and Motivation.) Chapter 4: A Study of Stress. (Design of Environments and of Work.) Chapter 5: The Ironies of Automation and Other Disasters. (Human-machine Interaction.) Chapter 6: Lifelong Learning. (Training and Development.) Chapter 7: Getting the Right People (and Keeping Them). (Selection and Assessment.) Chapter 8: Getting the Best from the Best. (Appraisal and Career Development.) Chapter 9: How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Work. (Counselling and Individual Development.) Chapter 10: Where Do We Go Now? (Well, I Wouldn't Start from Here … ) References. Author Index. Subject Index.