Healthy and Productive Work: An International Perspective

Healthy and Productive Work: An International Perspective

Healthy and Productive Work: An International Perspective

Healthy and Productive Work: An International Perspective

Synopsis

The cost to businesses of stress, both for workers and managers is enormous, but it is the legacy of successful business. This book provides a collection of good practice examples to allow comparison between firms in the US and Europe.

Excerpt

During the 1980s, “The Enterprise Culture” helped to transform economies in Western Europe and North America. But as we were to discover by the end of the decade, there was a substantial personal cost for many individual employees, both managers and shop floor workers. This cost was captured by a single word-stress.

Excessive pressure in the workplace was costly to business in the 1980s. For example, the collective cost of stress to US organizations for absenteeism, reduced productivity, compensation claims, health insurance, and direct medical expenses has been estimated at $150 billion per year. In the United Kingdom, stress-related absences were 10 times more costly than all other industrial relations disputes put together, and cost the UK economy £2 billion per annum.

Change will be the byword of the next millennium, with its accompanying job insecurities, corporate culture clashes, and significantly different styles of managerial leadership-in other words, massive organizational change and inevitable stress. In addition, change will bring with it an increased workload as companies try to become “leaner” to compete in the European, Far East, and other international economic arenas. This will mean fewer people performing more work, putting enormous pressure on them.

This book contains case studies of organizations that have introduced organizational health programs, from health screenings and stress management to employee involvement schemes. The book draws on good practice examples from the US, Europe, and Australia aimed at helping human resource managers explore what has been done and what the impact has been.

Cary L. Cooper

Lawrence R. Murphy

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