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.
About the Series
The Psychology of Everything
People are fascinated by psychology, and what makes humans tick. Why do we think and behave the way we do? We've all met armchair psychologists claiming to have the answers, and people that ask if psychologists can tell what they're thinking. The Psychology of Everything is a series of books which debunk the popular myths and pseudo-science surrounding some of life's biggest questions.
The series explores the hidden psychological factors that drive us, from our subconscious desires and aversions, to our natural social instincts. Absorbing, informative, and always intriguing, each book is written by an expert in the field, examining how research-based knowledge compares with popular wisdom, and showing how psychology can truly enrich our understanding of modern life.
Applying a psychological lens to an array of topics and contemporary concerns - from sex, to fashion, to conspiracy theories - The Psychology of Everything will make you look at everything in a new way.