Dying for a Paycheck

How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance and What We Can Do About It
Narrated by: Pat Grimes
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
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You don't have to do a dangerous job to endure a health-destroying, possibly life-threatening workplace.

Just ask the manager in a senior finance role whose immense workload required frequent all-nighters, leading to alcohol and drug addiction. Or the dedicated news media producer whose commitment to getting the story resulted in a 60-pound weight gain thanks to having no down time to eat properly or exercise. These individuals are not exceptions.

Every industry is filled with them, and the costs, to both employees and their companies, is enormous.

In Dying for a Paycheck, Jeffrey Pfeffer reveals that the management practices that literally sicken and sometimes kill employees do not enhance productivity or the bottom line. Instead, they diminish employee engagement, increase turnover, reduce job performance, and drive up health costs.

Offering guidance and practical solutions for enhancing workplace wellbeing, Dying for a Paycheck is a clarion call for a social movement focused on human sustainability.

©2018 Jeffrey Pfeffer (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Academic yet compelling

I found the book steeped in research and interesting insights. It's not a practical work that will help leaders operationalize workplace shifts but gives solid rationale for those needing case studies before policy implementation.

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good book with research support

very good book. supported by research. very relevant in today's society. definitely recommended for all adults

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Ok so stress kills

Not much information on how to make it better or different, just keeps repeating indifferent ways and numbers that stress is not healthy.

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Powerful argument and data for taking care of your workers

It’s assumed that taking care of your workers and not laying them off is good for long-term business, but this book gives lots of evidence and support that this is true. Share this book with your business leaders! He touches on a variety of topics, from healthcare to layoffs to work hours and benefits.

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Great read!

Excellent book! Very insightful and helpful. backed up by original research this book makes the case for increased interest in workplace wellness and wholeness.

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Excellent presentation of a crucial problem

Excellent presentation of a crucial problem. Anaysis is good, but propsed solutions could be stronger.

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Wonderful perspective

As a HR Director I can relate, way to much hurt caused my corporations. Companies must care about their people.

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great listen

very relevant and factual. insight into the minds of corporate leadership and decision making without regard for employee health and happiness