The Quality of Work: A People-Centred Agenda

Paperback | March 15, 2000

byGraham Lowe

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Unemployment, under and over employment, work-family tensions, growing job inequalities, retirement with dignity, jobs for youth--from this short list it is clear that there is a pervasive sense of crisis about the issue of employment, or the lack of it. This book is designed to spark debatethat will begin to critically assess the directions that work is headed in. Based on years of research into work, Lowe takes on many of the myths about employment that are fuelling this sense of crisis and takes a fact-based look at emerging trends in employment and what we can do about them. He argues that we must shift our thinking from simple numbers of unemployed tothinking about the quality of the work that we do. We must change our approach from tinkering with the edges of the problem to reorganizing work and work environments. Quality Work advocates renewing working life through an agenda built around quality of work as a way of ensuring Canada's continuedsocial viability and economic prosperity. The crisis in work is not just about unemployment but reflects inadequate opportunities for meaningful work that offer personal development, a social purpose, a decent standard of living, and a sense of economic security. Far from being whimsical or fiscally irresponsible, quality work can becomethe common ground on which individual workers in search of fulfilling employment and employers with an eye on the bottom line can meet.

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This examination of current Canadian working practices, by sociology professor Graham Lowe studies such issues as under and over-employment, conflicts between work and family, workplace inequalities, retirement with dignity and jobs for youth. The Quality of Work: A People Centered Agenda is based on a public opinion survey held in...

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Unemployment, under and over employment, work-family tensions, growing job inequalities, retirement with dignity, jobs for youth--from this short list it is clear that there is a pervasive sense of crisis about the issue of employment, or the lack of it. This book is designed to spark debatethat will begin to critically assess the dire...

Graham Lowe is at University of Alberta.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.25 inPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195414799

ISBN - 13:9780195414790

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Table of Contents

List of FiguresPrefaceIntroduction1. The Future of Work2. The Crisis in Work3. What Canadians Want from Work4. The 'New Economy'5. Education, Skills, and the Knowledge Economy6. Youth and Work7. 'Putting People First'8. Workplace Innovation9. Unions and the Quality Agenda10. Creating a Higher Quality of WorkNotesIndex

From Our Editors

This examination of current Canadian working practices, by sociology professor Graham Lowe studies such issues as under and over-employment, conflicts between work and family, workplace inequalities, retirement with dignity and jobs for youth. The Quality of Work: A People Centered Agenda is based on a public opinion survey held in the 1990s that revealed a pervasive anxiety about the matters. The author suggests that the solution to this problem is to focus on producing quality work with meaning.

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"This book is menat to be used by those who are actely advocating for the quality of work- and it most definely will be."-The Canadian Journal of Sociology Online