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Job quality: the impact of work organisation on health


Quinlan, M and Bohle, PL, Job quality: the impact of work organisation on health, Job Quality in Australia, The Federation Press, A. Knox and C. Warhurst (ed), Alexandria, New South Whales, Australia ISBN 9781862879669 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter examines the relationship between a key element of job quality, namely work organisation and health. In particular, it focuses on how a form of work organisation, precarious work, can damage the health, safety and wellbeing of workers and the wider community. The chapter is divided into three sections. The first provides a short historical overview of research linking job quality to health. The second examines evidence regarding the health effects of precarious work and efforts to explain them. The third section examines the policy and research implications of this evidence and the broader debates they raise about job quality. The intention is not only to demonstrate that work organisation can lead to poorer health but also to illustrate the processes through which it does so and to examine the implications for interventions to improve job quality. The evidence presented demonstrates that programs to improve job quality are seriously constrained if they do not address key elements of work organisation.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:work organisation, workplace safety, job quality
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational behaviour
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Workplace safety
UTAS Author:Bohle, PL (Professor Philip Bohle)
ID Code:131461
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-03-19
Last Modified:2019-04-03

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