- Railroad industry established first formal industrial pension
plan in North America; 1897
- small local trade unions in Liege, Belgium provided first
voluntary unemployment insurance benefits under voluntary plans
for their members (1901 in Ghent, Belgium);
1920 - Belgian
Government organized union programs into semblance of national
system, with centralized control of funds and national subsidies
as needed; 1911 -
compulsory unemployment insurance legislation enacted in Great
Britain (financed by flat-rate contributions from employers,
employees, National Government);
1916 - Massachusetts legislature proposed first
State unemployment insurance laws (modeled after British Act of
1911); did not pass; 1921
- New York state legislature proposed insurance laws (did not
pass); 1927 - over
80% of all railroad employees in United States worked for
employers who had formal pension plans in operation (only small
proportion of employees ever received benefits under these
plans); 1931 -
Wisconsin passed nation's first unemployment insurance act
(signed into law in 1932; benefits not paid until 1936 to allow
time for setting up administrative system, accumulating pool of
employers' contributions); 1932
- Ohio Commission on Unemployment Insurance recommended plan
which emphasized social aspects of unemployment, conditions that
create unemployment beyond individual employer's responsibility;
1934 - trade union
plans covered about 100,000 workers; joint union-management
plans covered about 65,000 (mostly in garment trades); voluntary
company plans covered another 70,000 (mostly guaranteed
employment plans, modest in scope and in coverage, to protect
seasonal workers in off season);
June 1934 - President Roosevelt appointed
Committee on Economic Security to study problem of unemployment
as part of whole problem of economic instability;
June 27, 1934 -
Congress passed Railroad Retirement Act (to establish compulsive
retirement system for railroad employees); first retirement
system for nongovernmental workers administered by Federal
Government (declared unconstitutional by Federal district court,
sustained by Supreme Court, based on concerns about violations
of due process and widespread power act would implicitly provide
to Congress to regulate interstate commerce);
1935 - Railroad
Retirement and Carriers’ Taxing Acts of 1935 enacted (challenged
in courts, Federal district court held that neither employees
nor employers could be compelled to pay railroad retirement
taxes; did not prohibit payment of benefits);
1935 - six states
passed legislation in anticipation of Federal Social Security
Act (New York, California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Utah,
Washington); January 1935
- Commission's report included recommendation for providing
security for all unemployed;
August 1935 - Congress passed two titles of
Social Security Act which national program of unemployment
insurance (did not set up Federal system of unemployment
benefits comparable to Federal old-age insurance system, did it
provide grants to States for unemployment benefits comparable to
matching grants provided for public assistance payments); levied
Federal tax on all employers in industry and commerce who had
eight workers or more for at least 20 weeks in a year (tax was
1% of payrolls for 1936, 2% for 1937, 3% for 1938 and
thereafter; all or part of 10 nations already had compulsory
unemployment insurance laws, another 10 had systems of
government subsidies to voluntary plans) - original program was
directed principally at adult males who headed households in
which they were the sole wage earner, the most common form of
labor market participation at the time. It was assumed that
unemployment benefits would be the primary source of income for
these households during periods of unemployment; mission: to
provide temporary income support to experienced unemployed
workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own;
intended to be payable only to involuntarily unemployed workers
who were able to work and were available for work. Workers were
expected not to have quit their previous job; number of
unemployed workers in United States was estimated at 11 million
to 15 million; February 1935
- British Act amended; covered most nonagricultural workers 16
to 64 years of age except nonmanual workers who earned more than
250 pounds a year. Benefits, payable for 26 weeks, varied
according to age and sex; July
1936 - Railroad Retirement Board began awarding
annuities under provisions of 1935 Act;
1937 - Railroad Retirement and Carriers’
Taxing Acts of 1937 established railroad retirement system;
July 1937 - all
States had enacted Federally approved unemployment compensation
laws (generally followed models suggested by Committee on
Economic Security; 1939
- amendments Social Security Act made changes in Federal
unemployment compensation laws (definitions of excluded classes
of workers broadened); 1944
- Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944 ("G.I. Bill of Rights";
ended July 1952); one of most significant unemployment
insurance-related programs not part of Federal-State
unemployment insurance program;
1954 - Employment Security Administrative
Financing Act earmarked all proceeds of Unemployment Tax Act
(now part of Internal Revenue Code) to unemployment insurance
purposes; 1970 -
major program changes in form of Employment Security Amendments
enacted; 1976 -
U.S. Congress passed Federal Unemployment Compensation
Amendments of 1976; unemployment insurance coverage expanded,
became nearly universal for all wage and salary workers;
1985 - 50th
anniversary of Social Security Act of 1935 which established
Federal-State system of unemployment insurance; about 97% of
wage and salary workers covered.
May 4, 1886
- Labor demonstration for eight-hour workday at Haymarket
Square in Chicago turned into riot when bomb exploded.
- Principle of paid holidays established in Britain.
July 1, 1939
- U.S. Employment Service (USES) published first Dictionary of
July 2008 -
Workers cut to part-time.
October 23, 2008 - Median amount workers age 55
to 64 have in their 401(k)’s is $61,000 (source: Congressional
Research Service); 43% of workers age 55 and over have less than
$50,000 in their 401(k)’s and other savings and investments;
27% of workers in that age group invest more than 90% of their
401(k)’s in stocks, a comparatively volatile investment
; percentage of workers age
65 and over in labor force climbed to 17.3% in 2008, from 12% in
1999 (source: Employee Benefit
(AT&T), Barbara Rudolph (1998).
Disconnected: How Six People from AT&T Discovered the New
Meaning of Work in a Downsized Corporate America. (New
York, NY: Free Press, 214 p.). American Telephone and Telegraph
Company; Employees--United States--Dismissal of--Case studies;
Downsizing of organizations--United States--Case studies;
Corporate culture--United States--Case studies.
Mark S. Albion (2000).
Making a Life, Making a Living: Reclaiming Your Purpose and
Passion in Business and in Life. (New York, NY: Warner
Books, 273 p.). Industrial management--Vocational guidance;
Executives; Career development; Career changes;
Jay Anthony (1971).
Corporation Man; Who He Is, What He Does, Why His Ancient Tribal
Impulses Dominate the Life of the Modern Corporation.
(New York, NY: Random House, 304 p.). Industrial sociology;
James A. Autry (1994).
Life and Work: A Manager's Search for Meaning. (New
York, NY: Morrow, 303 p.). Management--Philosophy;
Joseph E. Barbeau and William A. Stull (1990).
Learning from Working: A Guide for Cooperative
Education/internship Students. (Cincinnati:
South-Western Pub. Co., 218 p.). Education, Cooperative--Study
and teaching (Internship)--United States; College
Isadore Barmash (1969).
The Self-Made Man; Success and Stress, American Style.
(New York, NY: Macmillan, 367 p.). Success in business--Case
Welcome to Our Conglomerate--You're Fired! (New York,
NY: Delacorte Press, 236 p.). Conglomerate corporations--United
States--Case studies; Consolidation and merger of
corporations--United States--Case studies.
Carol Batrus (9/2005).
When Elephants Fly: One Woman's Journey from Wall Street to
Zululand. (Golden, CO: Fulcrum Pub., 256 p.). Batrus,
Carol, 1951- ; International Wilderness Leadership
Africa--Zululand--Biography; Rural development--South
Africa--Zululand; Zululand (South Africa)--Biography.
Stephen Beaupre, Steve Lafler (2006).
40 Hour Man. (Portland, OR: Manx Media, 244 p.). Former
Co-Publisher of the Cat-Head Comics Imprint, Editor of Buzzard
(90's preeminent comic anthology); Cartoonist Behind BugHouse,
Baja and Scalawag. Beaupre, Stephen; Work--Humor;
Work--Caricatures and cartoons. All jobs Beaupre has had in his
life; from doing time as a miniature golf lackey, to going bust
in the internet boom; quest to find, hang onto job he can
Amanda Bennett (1990).
The Death of the Organization Man. (New York, NY:
Morrow, 270 p.). Middle managers--United States; Organizational
Paul Bernstein (1997).
American Work Values: Their Origin and Development.
(Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 368 p.).
Adjunct Professor of Management (Rochester Institute of
Technology). Work ethic--United States--History;
Industrialization--United States--History; Public
Stanley Bing (1992).
Crazy Bosses: Spotting Them, Serving Them, Surviving Them.
(New York, NY: Morrow, 271 p.). Gil Schwartz (CBS-TV Public
relations Executive) Managing your boss; Executives--Psychology.
Throwing the Elephant: Zen and the Art of Managing Up.
(New York, NY: HarperBusiness, 201 p.). Gil Schwartz (CBS-TV
Public relations Executive). Managing your boss; Interpersonal
relations--Religious aspects--Buddhism; Zen Buddhism.
Stanley Bing (2007).
Crazy Bosses. (New York, NY: Collins, 288 p. [update of
1992 ed.]). Columnist for Fortune magazine. Managing your boss;
Executives--Psychology. Crazy bosses in all guises: Bully, Paranoid, Narcissist, Wimp,
self-destructive Disaster Hunter.
Srully Blotnick (1984).
The Corporate Steeplechase: Predictable Crises in a Business
Career. (New York, NY: Facts on File, 283 p.).
Executives--Psychology; Businesspeople--Psychology; Success in
Ambitious Men: Their Drives, Dreams, and Delusions. (New
York, NY: Viking, 338 p.). Executives--United
States--Psychology; Businesspeople--United States--Psychology;
Success in business; Ambition.
eds. John Bowe, Marisa Bowe & Sabin Streeter
Gig: Americans Talk about Their Jobs at the Turn of the
Millennium. (New York, NY: Crown, 548 p.). Working
class--Interviews; Working class--Attitudes; Occupations--Case
studies; Employee attitude surveys.
Michael Broussine & Yvonne Guerrier (1983).
Surviving as a Middle Manager. (London, UK: Croom Helm,
220 p.). Middle managers.
John Burnett (1994).
Idle Hands: The Experience of Unemployment, 1790-1990.
(New York, NY: Routledge, 368 p.). Unemployment--Great
Britain--History; Labor market--Great Britain--History; Great
Britain--Social conditions--18th century; Great Britain--Social
conditions--19th century; Great Britain--Social conditions--20th
Benjamin Cheever (2001).
Selling Ben Cheever: Back to Square One in a Service Economy.
(New York, NY: Bloomsbury, 286 p.). Cheever, Benjamin, 1948- ;
Employees--United States--Biography; Displaced workers--United
States; Working poor--United States; Career changes--United
States--Case studies; Industries--United States; United
States--Economic conditions--1981-; United States--Social
Robin Patric Clair, Stephanie Bell, Kyle
Hackbarth, Stephanie Mathes (2008).
Why Work?: The Perceptions of a "Real Job" and the Rhetoric of
Work Through the Ages. (West Lafayette, IN: Purdue
University Press, 320 p.). Professor of Communication (Purdue
University); Senior Administrative Assistant for Urban
Programming at the Center for Special Concerns (University of
Notre Dame); Forward Observer, United States Army, in Baghdad;
Relations Assistant for the Indianapolis Colts.
Work--Philosophy; Work--History; Labor--Philosophy;
Management--History; Rhetoric--Social aspects.
construction of work; "work" in writings of Aristotle, Plato,
Confucius, St. Benedict, Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Booker T.
Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Mother Jones, Emma Goldman, Emile
Durkheim, Max Weber, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Mary Parker
Follett to answer question, "Can the concept of work be divorced
from the thinker's past?"
James G. Clawson ... [et al.] (1992).
Self-Assessment and Career Development. (Englewood
Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 444 p. [3rd ed.]). Career
development; Vocational guidance; Self-evaluation; Job hunting.
Eds. Nicholas Coles & Peter Oresick (1995).
For a Living: The Poetry of Work. (Urbana, IL:
University of Illinois Press, 408 p.). English Professor
(University of Pittsburgh), Acting Director, University of
Pittsburgh Press, respectively. Working class writings,
American; American poetry--20th century; Work--Poetry.
Mihaily Csikszentmihalyi and Barbara Schneider
Becoming Adult: How Teenagers Prepare for the World of Work.
(New York, NY: Basic Books, 289 p.). Professors of Psychology
and Sociology (University of Chicago). Teenagers--Vocational
guidance--United States; Teenagers--Employment--United States;
Matthew B. Crawford (2009).
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work.
(New York, NY: Penguin, 240 p.). Fellow at the Institute for
Advanced Studies in Culture (University of Virginia). Work.
Intrinsic satisfactions, cognitive challenges— the soulcraft—of
manual work; experience of making, fixing things - "manual
competence," ability to work with one’s hands; standards inherent in work itself; "knowledge worker" -
misguided separation of thinking from doing, work of hand from
that of mind.
Clark Davis (2000).
Company men: White-Collar Life and Corporate Cultures in Los
Angeles, 1892-1941. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins
University Press, 298 p.). Associate Professor of History
(California State University at Fullerton).
Executives--California--Los Angeles--History; White collar
workers--California--Los Angeles--History; Corporate
culture--California--Los Angeles--History. "Company man" as pivotal actor in
saga of modern American history.
Alain de Botton (2009).
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work. (New York, NY:
Pantheon Books, 336 p.). Work --Miscellanea.
What makes work pleasurable?
Why isn't it pleasurable when it isn't?; whys, wherefores of
routine, practice, process; essential meaning of work in our
George de Mare, with Joanne Summerfield
Corporate Lives: A Journey into the Corporate World.
(New York, NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 202 p.).
Executives--United States--Biography; Corporations--United
Hope Dlugozima, James Scott, and David Sharp
Six Months Off: How To Plan, Negotiate, and Take the Break You
Need without Burning Bridges or Going Broke. (New York,
NY: Holt, 252 p.). Leave of absence; Sabbatical leave.
Richard Donkin (2001).
Blood, Sweat and Tears: The Evolution of Work. (London,
UK: Texere, 374 p.). Labor--History; Work--History; Labor--Great
Britain--History; Labor--United States--History; Industrial
relations--Great Britain--History; Industrial relations--United
States--History; Labor movement--Great Britain--History; Labor
Barbara Ehrenreich (2005).
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream.
(New York, NY: Metropolitan Books, 256 p.). Displaced
workers--United States; White collar workers--United States; Job
hunting--United States; Downward mobility (Social
Joseph Epstein (1980).
Ambition, the Secret Passion. (New York, NY: Dutton, 312
p.). Success in business; Ambition--United States; United
John P. Fernandez (1987).
Survival in the Corporate Fishbowl: Making It into Upper and
Middle Management. (Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 314
p.). Industrial sociology--United States; Discrimination in
employment--United States; Executives--United States; Office
politics--United States; Quality of work life--United States.
Martha I. Finney, Deborah A. Dasch. (1991).
A Heritage of Service: The History of Temporary Help in America.
(Alexandria, VA: National Association of Temporary Services, 116
p.). Temporary employment--United States--History.
Robert H. Frank (1985).
Choosing the Right Pond: Human Behavior and the Quest for Status.
(New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 306 p.). Professor of
Economics (Cornell University). Economics; Welfare economics;
Wages; Social status.
Jill Andresky Fraser (2001).
White-Collar Sweatshop: The Deterioration of Work and Its
Rewards in Corporate America. (New York, NY: Norton, 278
p.). White collar workers--United States; Work
Howard Gardner, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and
William Damon (2001).
Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet. (New York,
NY: BasicBooks, 304 p.). Job satisfaction; Quality of work life;
Work ethic; Professional ethics.
Barbara Garson (1988).
The Electronic Sweatshop: How Computers Are Transforming the
Office of the Future into the Factory of the Past. (New
York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 288 p.). Office
practice--Automation; Business--Data processing; Clerks--Effect
of automation on.; Professional employees--Effect of automation
All the Livelong Day: The Meaning and Demeaning of Routine Work.
(New York, NY: Penguin, 271 p. [rev. and updated]). Working
class--United States--Interviews; Man-woman
relationships--United States--History--19th century; Work;
Clerks--Effect of automation on; Professional employees--Effect
of automation on.
Jonathan Gershuny (2000).
Changing Times: Work and Leisure in Postindustrial Society.
(New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 304 p.).
Economics--Sociological aspects; Work--Sociological aspects;
Leisure--Sociological aspects; Time--Sociological aspects.
Malcolm Gladwell (2008).
Outliers: The Story of Success. (New York, NY: Little,
Brown and Co., 320 p.). Staff Writer (The New Yorker), formerly
a business and science reporter (Washington Post). Successful
people; Success. What
makes high-achievers different? too little attention paid to where they
are from (culture, family, generation, idiosyncratic experiences
of upbringing); secrets of software billionaires, what it takes
to be great soccer player, what made Beatles greatest rock
Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher (2008).
The Levity Effect: Why It Pays To Lighten Up. (Hoboken,
NJ: John Wiley, 240 p.). Humor in the workplace. Power of humor, fun in business
world: 1) lighthearted leaders earn more on average than peers;
2) entertaining workplaces have more loyal employees, customers;
3) humorous employees are vastly more likely to get
promoted--especially to senior-level jobs; 4) "Great" companies
consistently earn significantly higher marks for "fun."
Miriam Goodman (1996).
Commercial Traveler: Poems. (Truro, MA: Garden Street
Press, 60 p.). Poems about the world of work.
David M. Gordon (1996).
Fat and Mean: The Corporate Squeeze of Working Americans and the
Myth of Managerial "Downsizing". (New York, NY: Martin
Kessler Books, 320 p.). Radical Economist (New School for Social
Research). Industrial management--United States;
Bureaucracy--United States; Corporations--United States;
Downsizing of organizations--United States; Wages--United
States; Labor productivity--United States.
Joanne Gordon (2005).
Be Happy at Work: 100 Women Who Love Their Jobs, and Why.
(New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 327 p.). Contributing Editor
(Forbes). Women employees--Job satisfaction; Women
Career Bliss: Secrets from 100 Women Who Love Their Work.
(New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 334 p.). Contributing Editor
(Forbes). Women employees--Job satisfaction; Women
employees--Interviews. Happy 100 - diverse group of women who love their jobs
William Graebner (1980).
A History of Retirement: The Meaning and Function of an American
Institution, 1885-1978. (New Haven, CT: Yale University
Press, 293 p.). Retirement--United States.
Francis Green (2006).
Demanding Work: The Paradox of Job Quality in the Affluent
Economy. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 252
p.). Professor of Economics (University of Kent in Canterbury,
England). Quality of work life; Job satisfaction; Work--Social
aspects. What individuals,
firms, unions, and governments can do to counter declining job
Steven Greenhouse (2008).
The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker.
(New York, NY: Knopf, 384 p.). Labor and Workplace Correspondent
(The New York Times). Industrial relations--United
States--History--21st century; Working class--United
States--Economic conditions--21st century; Middle class--United
States--Economic conditions--21st century; Industrial
policy--United States--History--21st century; Equality--United
States; United States--Economic policy--21st century.
Wages have stagnated, health and
pension benefits have grown stingier, job security has
shriveled; why so many corporations squeeze workers; how
economic, business, political, social trends have fueled
squeeze; how massive layoffs of factory and office workers, Wall
Street’s demands for ever-higher profits has damaged social
contract between employers, employees over last three decades,
replaced by startling contradiction: corporate profits, economic
growth, worker productivity have grown strongly while worker pay
has languished, Americans face ever-greater pressures to work
Leland Gregory (2004).
Idiots at Work: Chronicles of Workplace Stupidity.
(Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Pub., 240 p.). Work;
Jack L. Groppel with Bob Andelman (2000).
The Corporate Athlete: How to Achieve Maximal Performance in
Business and Life. (New York, NY: Wiley, 293 p.).
Success in business--Health aspects; Executives--Health and
hygiene; Businesspersons--Health and hygiene;
Performance--Health aspects; Physical fitness; Nutrition; Job
stress; Job stress; Performance--Health aspects;
Executives--Health and hygiene; Success in business--Health
aspects; Business people--Health and hygiene.
Bernard Haldane; with a foreword by Peter F.
Career Satisfaction and Success: A Guide to Job and Personal
Freedom. (Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 297 p. [rev,
enl. ed.]). Job satisfaction; Success.
Charles B. Handy (1998).
The Hungry Spirit : Beyond Capitalism : A Quest for Purpose in
the Modern World. (New York, NY: Broadway Books, 267
p.). Capitalism--Moral and ethical aspects; Values;
Waiting for the Mountain to Move : Reflections on Work and Life.
(San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 153 p. [orig. pub. in 1992]).
Meditations; Christian Life.
F.T. Haner, Steven K. Keiser, Donald J.
Puglisi and Margaret Pyle Hassert, editor (1976).
Introduction to Business: Concepts and Careers.
(Cambridge, MA: Winthrop Publishers, 564 p.). Business;
F. A. (Floyd Arthur) Harper (1957). Why
Wages Rise. (New York, NY: Foundation for Economic
Education, 124 p.). Wages--United States.
Melissa A. Hardy, Lawrence
Hazelrigg, and Jill Quadagno (1996).
Ending a Career in the Auto Industry: 30 and Out. (New
York, NY: Plenum Press, 272 p.). Automobile industry
workers--Retirement--United States; Early retirement--United
Charles Heckscher (1995).
White-Collar Blues: Management Loyalties in an Age of Corporate
Restructuring. (New York, NY: Basic Books, 224 p.).
Chairman of Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department
(Rutgers). Corporate reorganizations; Employee loyalty.
Steven Heine (2005).
White Collar Zen: Using Zen Principles To Overcome Obstacles and
Achieve Your Career Goals. (New York, NY: Oxford
University Press, 198 p.). Professor of Religious Studies and
History, Director, Institute for Asian Studies, Director,
Institute for Judaic and Near Eastern Studies (Florida
International University). Management--Religious
aspects--Buddhism; Leadership--Religious aspects--Buddhism;
Business--Religious aspects--Buddhism; Interpersonal
relations--Religious aspects--Buddhism; Organizational
Linda A. Hill (1992).
Becoming a Manager: Mastery of a New Identity. (Boston,
MA: Harvard Business School Press, 331 p.). Career changes;
Management. Setting the stage -- Reconciling expectations --
Moving toward a managerial identity -- Exercising authority --
Managing subordinates' performance -- Gaining self-knowledge --
Coping with the stresses and emotions -- Critical resources for
the first year -- Easing the transformation.
Robert M. Hochheiser (1987).
How To Work for a Jerk. (New York, NY: Vintage Books,
227 p.). Managing your boss.
Arlie Russell Hochschild (1997).
The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work.
(New York, NY: Metropolitan Books, 316 p.). Sociologist.
Dual-career families--United State; Work and family--United
States; Sex role--United States; Working mothers--United States.
Harvey A. Hornstein (1996).
Brutal Bosses and Their Prey. (New York, NY: Riverhead
Books, 172 p.). Retired Professor (Columbia). Employees--Abuse
of; Executives--Professional ethics; Cruelty; Hostility
The Haves and the Have Nots: The Abuse of Power and Privilege in
the Workplace-- and How To Control It. (Upper Saddle
River, NJ: Financial Times/Prentice Hall, 177 p.). Leadership;
Leadership--Moral and ethical aspects; Organizational behavior;
Supervision of employees.
Hank Johnson (1990).
The Corporate Dream: Making It Big in Business. (New
York, NY: Carol Pub. Group, 218 p.). Spiegel--Case studies;
Success in business--United States--Case studies.
Tim Johnston with Laura Lorber and Perri
Diary of a Job Search: One Man's Journey from Unemployment to a
New Career. (Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 193 p.). Job
Robert L. Jolles Jolles; foreword by F.W.
The Way of the Road Warrior: Lessons in Business and Life from
the Road Most Traveled. (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass,
256 p.). President of Jolles Associates, Inc., Independent
Training Consulting Firm. Business travel. Insights on sometimes
difficult balancing act between work, travel, and family.
Alice Kessler-Harris (2003).
Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United
States. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 414 p.
[20th anniversary ed.]). Women--Employment--United
States--History; Working class women--United States--History.
Peter T. Kilborn (2009).
Next Stop, Reloville: Life Inside America’s Rootless
Professional Class. (New York, NY: Times Books, 272 p.).
Former Reporter (The New York Times). Professional employees
--Relocation; Professional employees --Relocation --United
States; Moving, Household --United States; Relocation (Housing)
--United States; Home --United States. Land of relos, mid-level
executives for growing number of American companies, whose
livelihoods depend on their willingness to uproot their families
in pursuit of professional success; new social class: well-off but insecure, well traveled but insular; how their
distinctive pressures, values affect families, communities,
Barbara Killinger (1992).
Workaholics: The Respectable Addicts. (New York, NY:
Simon & Schuster, 236 p.). Workaholism; Workaholics--Family
Jon King (2004).
Seven Months Deep. (Omaha, NE: iUniverse, 152 p.). Job
Compiled by Allen Klein (2006).
WorkLaughs: Quips, Quotes, and Anecdotes About Making a Buck.
(New York, NY: Gramercy Books, 128 p.). Work--Quotations,
maxims, etc. ; Work--Humor. Funny side of many aspects of the
Kathy Kolbe (1993).
Pure Instinct: Business’ Untapped Resource. (New York,
NY: Times Books, 347 p/). Creative ability in business' Success
in business; Employee motivation; Achievement motivation.
John N. Kotre, Ph.D. (1999).
Make It Count: How To Generate a Legacy that Gives Meaning to
Your Life. (New York, NY: Free Press, 246 p.).
Adulthood--Psychological aspects; Adulthood--Psychological
aspects--Case studies; Children and adults; Children and
adults--Case studies; Generativity.
John P. Kotter (1982).
The General Managers. (New York, NY: Free Press, 221
p.). Executives--United States--Case studies; Executive
David Kusnet (2008).
Love the Work, Hate the Job: Why America’s Best Workers Are More
Unhappy than Ever. (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 280 p.).
Economic Policy Institute. Job satisfaction -- Washington
(State); Work environment -- Washington (State); Profit --
Washington (State). Paradox of globalization: U.S. companies compete most successfully by improving quality
cutting costs); penny-pinching practices prevent best
workers from doing their best work, fuel workplace conflicts,
deprive businesses of single greatest advantage; provocative
insights into today's workplaces, Americans' too-often thwarted aspirations to do their jobs
Angel Kwolek-Folland (1994).
Engendering Business: Men and Women in the Corporate Office,
1870-1930. (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University
Press, 256 p.). Businesswomen--United States--History--19th
century; Businesswomen--United States--History--20th century;
Sexual division of labor--United States--History--19th century;
Sexual division of labor--United States--History--20th century;
Man-woman relationships--United States--History--19th century;
Man-woman relationships--United States--History--20th century.
Paul Leinberger, Bruce Tucker (1991).
The New Individualists: The Generation after The Organization
Man. (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 454 p.). Whyte,
William. Organization man; Individualism--United States; Baby
boom generation--United States; Organizational behavior--United
States; Social ethics; United States--Social conditions--1945-.
Patrick Lencioni (2007).
The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Management Fable About
Helping Employees Find Fulfillment in Their Work. (San
Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 272 p.). President of The Table
Group. Job satisfaction; Career development; Employee
motivation. Three elements
that make work miserable -- irrelevance, immeasurability,
anonymity; keys to make any job more fulfilling; benefits of
managing for job fulfillment within organizations (increased
productivity, greater retention, competitive advantage).
Steve Lessard and Bill Baldwin (2000).
Netslaves: True Tales of Working the Web. (New York, NY:
McGraw-Hill, 246 p.). Internet industry--Employees--Interviews;
Computer industry--Employees--Interviews; Internet (Computer
network)--Social aspects; World Wide Web (Information retrieval
system)--Social aspects; Information society.
Robert Levering (1988).
A Great Place To Work: What Makes Some Employers So Good, and
Most So Bad. (New York, NY: Random House, 312 p.).
Personnel management--United States; Job satisfaction--United
States; Quality of work life--United States; Work
Sydney Lewis (2000).
Help Wanted: Tales from the First Job Front. (New York,
NY: New Press, 310 p.). Job hunting; Work; Youth--Employment;
(Working), Brian P. Luskey (2009).
On the Make: Clerks and the Quest for Capital in
Nineteenth-Century America. (New York,NY: New York
University Press, p.). Clerks --United States --History --19th
century; United States --Commerce --History --19th century.
Contents: Introduction: puzzled about identity -- What is my
prospects? -- The humble laborer in the white collar -- Homo
counter-jumperii -- Striving for citizenship -- The republic of
broadcloth -- The Swedish Nightingale and the Peeping Tom --
Conclusion: once more, free.
Harvey Mackay (2004).
We Got Fired!: --And It's the Best Thing That Ever Happened to
Us. (New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 368 p.).
Employees--Dismissal of--Case studies; Job hunting--Case
studies; Vocational guidance.
Nancy MacLean (2006).
Freedom is Not Enough: The Opening of the American Work Place.
(Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 454 p.). Professor of
History and African American Studies (Northwestern University).
Discrimination in employment--United States; Sex discrimination
in employment--United States; Minorities--United States;
Segregation--United States. Struggle to
achieve racial and sexual equality in the workplace in last 50 years.
Nikki Mandell (2002).
The Corporation as Family: The Gendering of Corporate
Welfare, 1890-1930. (Chapel Hill, NC: University of
North Carolina Press, 208 p.). Assistant Professor of History
(University of Wisconsin-Whitewater). Industrial
Tom Markert (2005).
You Can't Win a Fight with Your Boss: And 55 Other Rules for
Success. (New York, NY: HarperBusiness, 160 p.). Global
Chief Marketing and Client Service Officer (ACNielsen). Career
development--Handbooks, manuals, etc.; Success in
business--Handbooks, manuals, etc. How do I work with my boss?
Dr. Alan Angus McLean (1986). High Tech
Survival Kit: Managing Your Stress. (New York, NY: Wiley, 98
p.). Psychiatrist. High technology--Psychological aspects;
Dr. Alan Angus McLean and Graham C. Taylor
(1958). Mental Health in Industry. (New York, NY:
McGraw-Hill, 262 p.). Psychiatrist. Medicine, Industrial; Mental
health; Psychology, Industrial. Seminal work, in lay terms, on
how corporate managers can foster well-being in the workplace.
John McPhee (1997).
Irons in the Fire. (New York, NY: Farrar, Straus &
Giroux, 215 p.). Collection of seven New Yorker essays in
analysis of men (and women) at work.
G. J. Meyer (1995).
Executive Blues: Down and Out in Corporate America. (New
York, NY: Franklin Square Press, 245 p.). Meyer, G. J., 1940- ;
Executives--Dismissal of--United States--Case studies; Job
security--United States--Case studies; Middle aged
persons--Employment--United States--Case studies; Corporate
culture--United States--Case studies.
C. Wright Mills (1951).
White Collar; The American Middle Classes. (New York,
NY: Oxford University Press, 378 p.). Middle class--United
States; White collar workers--United States.
Wilbert E. Moore (1975).
The Conduct of the Corporation. (Westport, CT: Greenwood
Press, 292 p. [orig. pub. 1962]). Corporations;
Corporations--United States; Organization; Industrial sociology.
William J. Morin and James C. Cabrera (1991).
Parting Company: How To Survive the Loss of a Job and Find
Another Successfully. (San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich, 387 p. [2nd ed.]). Chairman, Vice Chairman, Drake
Beam Morin. Employees--Dismissal of; Executives--Dismissal of;
ed. John Murphy, Sheila E. Murphy and John G.
The Literature of Work : Short Stories, Essays, and Poems / by
Men and Women of Business. (Phoenix, AZ: University of
Phoenix Press, 314 p.). American literature -- 20th century;
Work in literature.
Gary Namie and Ruth Namie (2000).
The Bully at Work: What You Can Do To Stop the Hurt and Reclaim
Your Dignity on the Job. (Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks,
287 p.). Bullying in the workplace.
Jacob Needleman (1991).
Money and the Meaning of Life. (New York, NY: Doubleday,
321 p.). Philosophy Professor (San Francisco State).
Wealth--Religious aspects; Spiritual life.
Jerry Newman (2006).
My Secret Life on the McJob: Lessons from Behind the Counter
Guaranteed to Supersize Any Management Style. (New York,
NY: McGraw-Hill, 240 p.). University Distinguished Teaching
Professor (State University of New York at Buffalo). Fast food
restaurants--United States; Fast food restaurants--Social
aspects; Restaurant management. College professor went undercover
as bottom-rung worker for biggest names in fast food; each
restaurant's respective manager determined climate of work
Ed. with introduction by Nancy A. Nichols;
foreword by Rosabeth Moss Kanter (1994).
Reach for the Top: Women and the Changing Facts of Work Life
Harvard Business Review, 185 p.). Women executives--United
States; Sex role in the work environment--United States; Sex
discrimination in employment--United States;
Christena E. Nippert-Eng (1996).
Home and Work: Negotiating Boundaries through Everyday Life.
(Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 325 p.).
Organizational sociology; Work and family; Corporate culture;
Michael Novak (1996).
Business as a Calling: Work and the Examined Life. (New
York, NY: Free Press, 246 p.). George Frederick Jewett Chair in
Religion and Public Policy (American Enterprise Institute in
Washington). Work ethic. Meaning of work as a vocation.; should be more than just a job
-- it should be a calling; how to make a life through making a
Wayne E. Oates (1971).
Confessions of a Workaholic: The Facts About Work Addiction.
(New York, NY: World Pub. Co., 112 p.). Professor of
Psychiatry/Behavioral Sciences (University of Louisville).
Workaholism. Invented the word "workaholic".
Workaholics: Make Laziness Work for You. (Garden City,
NY: Doubleday, 132 p.). Professor of Psychiatry/Behavioral
Sciences (University of Louisville). Workaholics; Workaholism.
Vance O. Packard (1962).
The Pyramid Climbers. (New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 339
p.). Executives, Big Business.
Perry Pascarella (1984).
The New Achievers: Creating a Modern Work Ethic. (New
York, NY: Free Press, 210 p.). Work ethic; Job satisfaction;
Leslie A. Perlow (1997).
Finding Time: How Corporations, Individuals, and Families Can
Benefit from New Work Practices. (Ithaca, NY: ILR Press,
156 p.). Teaches Business (University of Michigan). Hours of
labor; Work and family; Quality of life; Leisure.
Daniel H. Pink (2001).
Free Agent Nation: How America's New Independent Workers Are
Transforming the Way We Live. (New York, NY: Warner
Books, 356 p.). Self-employed--United States;
Entrepreneurship--United States. Free Agent has replaced the
Neil Postman (1976).
Crazy Talk, Stupid Talk: How We Defeat Ourselves by the Way We
Talk and What to Do about It. (New York, NY: Delacorte
Press, 269 p.). Interpersonal communication; Oral
William Poundstone (2003).
How Would You Move Mount Fuji?: Microsoft's Cult of the Puzzle:
How the World's Smartest Companies Select the Most Creative
Thinkers. (Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 276 p.). Microsoft
Corporation; Employment interviewing.
Ferdinand Protzman (2006).
Work: The World in Photographs. (Washington, DC:
National Geographic, 352 p.). Protzman, Ferdinand; Working
class--Portraits; Portrait photography. Varied group portrait of people
at work-in great cities and tiny villages; in 19th-century China
and 21st-century New York; in fields, factories, food carts,
four-star restaurants, and just about everywhere else.
W. J. Reader (1966).
Professional Men; The Rise of the Professional Classes in
Nineteenth-Century England. (New York, NY: Basic Books,
248 p.). Professions--Great Britain; Great Britain--Social
Carl Rhodes and Robert Westwood (2008).
Critical Representations of Work and Organization in Popular
Culture. (New York, NY: Routledge. Organizational
sociology; Organization in popular culture; Work--Social
aspects; Masculinity in popular culture. Cultural narratives that provide
critical interrogation of experience of work, organizations in
contemporary society; focus specifically on media of cinema,
Al Ries and Jack Trout (1991).
Horse Sense : The Key to Success Is Finding a Horse to Ride.
(New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 231 p.). Marketing Consultants.
Success in Business, Job Hunting, Marketing.
Jeremy Rifkin (1995).
The End of Work: The Decline of the Global Labor Force and the
Dawn of the Post-Market Era. (New York, NY: Putnam, 350
p.). Technological unemployment.
Brian C. Robertson (2000).
There's No Place Like Work: How Business, Government, and Our
Obsession with Work Have Driven Parents from Home.
(Dallas, TX: Spence Publishing, 206 p.). Researcher for
Conservative Think Tank. Working mothers--United
States--Psychology; Children of working parents--United States;
Work and family--Government policy--United States.
James Rogauskas (2006).
Office Haiku: Poems Inspired by the Daily Grind. (New
York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books, 119 p.). Haiku, American; Office
Bob Root and Wendy Steele (2000).
Defining Moments A Brand New Day. (Omaha, NE: iUniverse,
128 p.). Former Silicon Valley CEO; Former VP, Coca Cola
Enterprises. Root, Bob; Steele, Wendy; Life change; Work change.
W. J. Rorabaugh (1986).
The Craft Apprentice: From Franklin to the Machine Age in
America. (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 270
p.). Apprentices--United States--History; United States--Social
life and customs--1783-1865.
Andrew Ross (2003).
No-Collar: The Humane Workplace and Its Hidden Costs.
(New York, NY: Basic Books, 296 p.). Professor and Director of
the American Studies Program (New York University).
Organizational change--United States; Downsizing of
organizations--United States; Employee loyalty--United States;
Work environment--United States; Quality of work life--United
States; Job satisfaction--United States.
Anthony Sampson (1995).
Company Man: The Rise and Fall of Corporate Life. (New
York, NY: Times Business, Random House, 353 p.). Corporate
Culture, Organizational Behavior. Social history of corporations
in the United States and Britain.
Joel S. Savishinsky (2000).
Breaking the Watch: The Meanings of Retirement in America.
(Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 281 p.). Professor,
Social Sciences (Ithaca College). Retirement--United States;
Nancy Rica Schiff (2002).
Odd Jobs: Portraits of Unusual Occupations. (Berkeley,
CA: Ten Speed Press, 135 p.). Portrait photography--United
States; Working class--United States--Portraits;
Occupations--United States--Pictorial works.
Sebastiao Salgado (1993).
Workers: An Archaeology of the Industrial Age. (New
York, NY: Aperture, 399 p.). Salgado, Sebastião, 1944-
--Exhibitions; Photography, Artistic--Exhibitions; Documentary
photography--Exhibitions; Working class--Pictorial
works--Exhibitions; Peasantry--Pictorial works--Exhibitions.
Tina Seelighas (2009).
What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your
Place in the World. (New York, NY: HarperOne, 208 p.).
Executive Director of Stanford Technology Ventures Program
(entrepreneurship center at Stanford University's School of
Engineering). Career education --United States; School-to-work
transition --United States; Entrepreneurship; Technological
innovations; Creative ability. Guide for difficult transition
from academic environment to professional world; tangible
skills, insights, fascinating examples,
from classroom to boardroom, of individuals defying
expectations, challenging assumptions, achieving amazing
success; new model for reaching highest potential; how to have
healthy disregard for impossible, how to recover from failure,
how most problems are remarkable opportunities in disguise.
Richard Sennett (1998).
The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in
the New Capitalism. (New York, NY: Norton, 176 p.).
Working class--United States; Work ethic--United States;
Claudia Shear (1995).
Blown Sideways Through Life: A Hilarious Tour de Resume.
(New York, NY: Dial Press, 116 p.). Shear, Claudia --
Biography.; Women -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social life
and customs; Women authors, American -- 20th century --
Earl Shorris (1981).
The Oppressed Middle: Politics of Middle Management: Scenes from
Corporate Life. (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 393 p.).
Middle managers--United States.
Don J. Snyder (1997).
The Cliff Walk: A Memoir of a Job Lost and a Life Found.
(Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Co., 265 p.). Snyder, Don J.;
Downsizing of organizations--United States--Case studies;
College teachers--Dismissal of--United States--Case studies; Job
security--United States--Case studies; Career changes--United
States--Case studies; =Life change events--United States--Case
studies; College teachers--United States--Biography.
Michael Solomon (2004).
Success by Default: The Depersonalization of Corporate America.
(Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 240 p.). Solomon, Michael;
Corporate culture; Leadership.
John D. Spooner (1979).
Smart People: A User's Guide to Experts. (Boston, MA:
Little, Brown, 332 p.). Success.
Leonie V. Still (2006).
Corporate Elders: Organization Men Look Back. (Crawley,
W.A: University of Western Australia Press, 235 p.).
Executives--Western Australia; management--Western Australia.
Look at Australian
executive culture, lives of inhabitants through holistic
picture of careers, personal challenges of 50 managerial and
professional men in their 50's.
Sharon Hartman Strom (1992).
Beyond the Typewriter: Gender, Class, and the Origins of Modern
American Office Work, 1900-1930. (Urbana, IL: University
of Illinois Press, 427 p.). Office practice--United
States--History; Secretaries--United States--History;
Women--Employment--United States--History; Sexual division of
labor--United States--History; Office politics--United
Deborah Tannen (1994).
Talking from 9 to 5: How Women's and Men's Conversational Styles
Affect Who Gets Heard, Who Gets Credit, and What Gets Done at
Work. (New York, NY: Morrow, 368 p.). Business
communication; Communication in management; Communication--Sex
differences; Interpersonal relations; Sex differences
(Psychology); Language and languages--Sex differences;
Studs Terkel (1974). Working: People Talk
About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.
(New York, NY: Pantheon Books, 589 p.). Journalist, Oral
Historian. Work, Working Class-Interviews, Attitudes.
Edited by Keith Thomas (1999).
The Oxford Book of Work. (New York, NY: Oxford
University Press, 618 p.). President of Corpus Christi College
of Oxford. Work. History of work.
James Tucker (1999).
The Therapeutic Corporation. (New York, NY: Oxford
University Press, 175 p.). Conflict management; Industrial
management; Industrial sociology.
Louis Uchitelle (2006).
The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences.
(New York, NY: Knopf, 304 p.). Business Reporter (New York
Times). Employees--Dismissal of--United States; Displaced
workers--United States; Unemployed--United States; Downsizing of
organizations--United States; Plant shutdowns--United States.
Layoffs in America—their
questionable necessity, their overuse, their devastating impact
on individuals at all income levels.
Alan M. Webber (2009).
Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing
Your Self. (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 288 p.).
Co-Founder of Fast Company. Success in business; Success;
Self-management (Psychology). 52 practical lessons: When the going gets tough, tough
relax; don’t implement solutions, prevent problems; difference between crisis and opportunity
(when you learn
about it); every start-up needs four things: change, connections,
conversation, community; entrepreneurs choose serendipity
over efficiency; knowing it ain’t the same as doing it.
David L. Weiner (2002).
Power Freaks: Dealing with Them in the Workplace or Anyplace.
(Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 287 p.). Managing your boss;
Bullying in the workplace; Office politics; Psychology,
Industrial; Control (Psychology).
Leslie Aldridge Westoff (1985).
Corporate Romance: How To Avoid It, Live Through It, or Make It
Work for You. (New York, NY: Times Books, 246 p.). Women
executives; Executives--Sexual behavior; Corporate culture;
David Whyte (1994).
The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in
Corporate America. (New York, NY: Doubleday, 307 p.).
Poet. Success; Work environment--Poetry; Self-actualization
(Psychology); Quality of work life; Conduct of life.
Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity.
(New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 257 p.). Poet. Work.
William H. Whyte (1956).
The Organization Man. (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster,
429 p.). Individuality, Loyalty. Classic book on American work
culture at mid-century.
William Wolman and Anne Colamosca (1997).
The Judas Economy: The Triumph of Capital and the Betrayal of
Work. (Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 240 p.). Chief
Economist (Business Week), Freelance Business Journalist,
respectively. Work; Downsizing of organizations; Capitalism;
Competition, International; Economic history--1990-.
Shoshana Zuboff (1988).
In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power.
(New York, NY: Basic Books, 468 p.). Automation--Economic
aspects; Automation--Social aspects; Machinery in the workplace;
From Carbons to Computers: The Changing
"An educational resource intended for middle and high schools
students, their teachers, and the general public" about the
birth and growth of the American office. The site features a
timeline and illustrated essays about office equipment, office
organization, and the global office. Also includes lesson
plans and a bibliography. From the Smithsonian Institution.
Subjects: Offices | Office equipment and supplies --
History | Office management | Business -- History|.
Ross Runkel is a retired professor of law, and given his long
experience with employment and labor law, it seems quite natural
that he would be the f ounder of the site, Employment Law. Along
with a team of other equally qualified professionals, he has
created this site to serve as a clearinghouse of material about
the world of employment law and its many facets. First time
visitors may wish to check out his employment law or
arbitration blogs, then move on to one of the most popular
features, a list of recent and pending cases in the field that
have been heard before the US Supreme Court. Additionally, the
"Articles" area contains pieces authored by Runkel and
others, including a piece on how to find an employment lawyer
and several timely pieces on the National Labor Relations Board.
The History of Labor Day
A history of the holiday celebrated on the first Monday in
September and "dedicated to the social and economic achievements
of American workers." From the U.S. Department of Labor.
Subjects: Labor Day; Holidays.
Take Back Your Time Day
This is "a nationwide initiative to challenge the epidemic of
overwork, over-scheduling, and time famine that now threatens
our health, our families and relationships, our communities and
our environment." The site provides a handbook, petition forms,
reading suggestions, and information about celebrating the date
in October that "falls nine weeks before the end of the year,
symbolizing the nine full weeks more we work each year compared
to our trans-Atlantic neighbors." Subjects: Quality of
life -- United States...
Unemployment Insurance Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) Calculator
"Since its inception in 1935, the unemployment insurance (UI)
program in the United States has operated as the primary safety
net for those who involuntarily lose their jobs. Although the UI
system's broad guidelines were established by federal law, UI
essentially operates as a state-level program." This calculator
"demonstrates the great disparities ... from one state to the
next" and gives a general idea of the typical benefits.
Workplace Bullying and Trauma Institute
Mission: 1) to raise societal awareness of, and to lead the
public dialogue about, health-endangering workplace
psychological violence; (2) to create and communicate
long-term, research-based solutions for individuals, employers
and public policy makers.
The Worst Jobs in History
"In this website, we take you on a journey through 2,000 years
of British history and the worst jobs of each era." Features
humorous descriptions of jobs such as Roman gold miner, leech
collector, fishwife, and child chimney sweep. Also includes
information about current offbeat careers, and links to related
sites. From Great Britain's Channel 4 Television. Subjects: