Jeffrey Pfeffer's DYING FOR A PAYCHECK "lays bare the hidden costs of the gig economy."
DYING FOR A PAYCHECK: HOW MODERN MANAGEMENT HARMS EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND COMPANY PERFORMANCE -- AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT was published by HarperBusiness and released on March 20th. In his newest work Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer deconstructs and evaluates the reality of today's toxic work environments.
Pfeffer explains the core concepts of his work in his Linkedin Article:
"What matters—for employee engagement and productivity and, more important, for employee physical and mental health—is the work environment and the work itself. Not having a boss who heaps scorn and abuse, because the health hazards of workplace bullying and incivility have been well documented. Having a private office or at least a workplace with comfortable temperature, good lighting, and acoustical privacy, so that the physical work environment does not impose stress. One crucial element of a healthy workplace that any company, in any industry, can provide without breaking the bank—and therefore ought to offer to enhance employee wellbeing: job control and autonomy."
"There is no real tradeoff between designing jobs to improve people’s health and designing jobs that increase motivation and performance for the benefit of employers. Jobs that provide individuals more autonomy and control serve to increase their motivation, job satisfaction, and performance—and also make individuals healthier and live longer."
Other Praise for DYING FOR A PAYCHECK:
“In this urgent and essential book, Pfeffer lays bare the hidden costs of the gig economy, employment instability, and many modern management practices. If you’ve got a job, you must read this book.” (Laszlo Bock, CEO and Co-Founder of Humu & author of Work Rules!)
“This is simply the most important business book I have read in a decade. As Pfeffer’s sharp analysis points out, the relationship between people and organizations is flat-out broken. Offering a range of solutions, Dying for a Paycheck will start a revolution.” (Tom Rath, author of STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0.)
“This profound book on personal well-being and organizational work environments should change how work is done and literally save lives. Using Pfeffer’s insights, employees can take responsibility for their physical and mental health and leaders can create abundant organizations that win.” (Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan)
“With precision and insight, Pfeffer lays bare the true cost of toxic workplaces, providing a timely wakeup call for any leader who thought a good workplace was simply a ‘nice to have’. As Pfeffer shows, it is a fundamental right in our fast changing society. Dying for a Paycheck is an essential book from one of our greatest organizational scholars.” (Professor Lynda Gratton, author of the The 100-Year Life: living and working in an age of longevity)