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Overstretched and unreciprocated commitment: reviewing research on the occupational health and safety effects of downsizing and job insecurity


Quinlan, M and Bohle, PL, Overstretched and unreciprocated commitment: reviewing research on the occupational health and safety effects of downsizing and job insecurity, The Financial and Economic Crises and Their Impact on Health and Social Well-Being, Routledge, V. Navarro and C. Muntaner (ed), New York, pp. 175-217. ISBN 9781351851596 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9781315226927-17


Over the past two decades, a leading business practice has been often-repeated rounds of downsizing and restructuring (also referred to as reorganization, re-engineering, and a host of other euphemistic terms) by large private and public sector employers. Frequently associated with other practices such as outsourcing, privatization, and the increased use of temporary workers, downsizing/restructuring has increased the level of job insecurity among workers and led to changes in work processes (including work intensification and multi-tasking) and management behavior. How have downsizing/ restructuring and increased job insecurity affected the occupational health, safety, and well-being of workers, and what measures have employers, unions, and governments taken to address any adverse effects? The authors reviewed international studies of the occupational health and safety (OHS) effects of downsizing/restructuring and increased job insecurity undertaken over the past 20 years. After imposing quality filters, they obtained 86 studies. Analysis revealed that 73 (85%) of the studies found poorer OHS outcomes (using a range of measures). Studies were examined to see whether they provided clues as to the reasons for negative outcomes.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:health inequalitiespopulation healthwelfare statewelfare state regimeslabor marketincome inequalitiesreduces health inequalitiesgreat recessionwelfare regimeminimum income protectionwealth inequalitychinese economic miraclegini coefficientwelfare gen
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:131464
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-03-19
Last Modified:2019-04-02

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