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What is a good job? Current perspectives on work and improved health and well-being

Wadsworth, Emma Jane Kirsty ORCID:, Chaplin, Katherine S., Allen, Paul Howard ORCID: and Smith, Andrew Paul ORCID: 2010. What is a good job? Current perspectives on work and improved health and well-being. The Open Occupational Health & Safety Journal 2 , pp. 9-15.

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There is an extensive literature on the scale of, and risk factors for, stress at work, and outcomes associated with negative job characteristics and perceived stress. More recently, however, there has been a growing awareness that unemployment is harmful to health, and that work is beneficial and may be an effective way to improve health and wellbeing. However, there has been little attempt to draw together findings from this newer area. This paper gives an overview of current perspectives on work and its associations with improved health and well-being. It provides a framework for discussing the main themes which have emerged in this area. This framework allows consideration of the issues of conceptualisation, definition, approach and measurement which are important for future research. It is concluded that this area is still in its infancy, but clearly has the potential to make as influential a contribution as its negative counter-part. Currently, however, our understanding of what makes a good job and how we should conceptualise, study, and help workplaces provide that, is incomplete.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Work Environment Research Centre (CWERC)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 25/02/2014)
Publisher: Bentham Open
ISSN: 1876-2166
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 14 May 2023 16:44

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