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1874 - 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.

1938 - Principle of paid holidays established in Britain.

July 1, 1939 - U.S. Employment Service (USES) published first Dictionary of Occupational Titles.

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 Research Institute).

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(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; Self-actualization (Psychology).

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; Management; Executives.

James A. Autry (1994). Life and Work: A Manager's Search for Meaning. (New York, NY: Morrow, 303 p.). Management--Philosophy; Management--Poetry; Management--Anecdotes.

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 students--Employment--United States.

Isadore Barmash (1969). The Self-Made Man; Success and Stress, American Style. (New York, NY: Macmillan, 367 p.). Success in business--Case studies.

--- (1971). 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 Foundation--Biography; Americans--South 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 live with.

Amanda Bennett (1990). The Death of the Organization Man. (New York, NY: Morrow, 270 p.). Middle managers--United States; Organizational behavior--United States. 

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 welfare--United States--History.

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.

--- (2002). 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 business.

--- (1987). 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 (2000). 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 century.

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 conditions--1980-.

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. Contemporary cultural 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 (2000). 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; Teenagers--United States--Attitudes. 

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 lives.

George de Mare, with Joanne Summerfield (1976). Corporate Lives: A Journey into the Corporate World. (New York, NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 202 p.). Executives--United States--Biography; Corporations--United States.

Hope Dlugozima, James Scott, and David Sharp (1996). 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 movement--United States--History.  

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 sciences)--United States. 

Joseph Epstein (1980). Ambition, the Secret Passion. (New York, NY: Dutton, 312 p.). Success in business; Ambition--United States; United States--Social conditions.

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 environment--United States.

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 on.

--- (1994). 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 band.

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 employees--Interviews. 

--- (2006). 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 unequivocally.

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 quality.

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 harder, longer.

Leland Gregory (2004). Idiots at Work: Chronicles of Workplace Stupidity. (Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Pub., 240 p.). Work; workplace--humor. 

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. Drucker (1996). 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; Individualism.

--- (1999). 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; Vocational guidance.

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 States--Case studies.

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 behavior--Religious aspects--Buddhism.  

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 (Psychology).

--- (2003). 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 Capell (2003). Diary of a Job Search: One Man's Journey from Unemployment to a New Career. (Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 193 p.). Job hunting--United States.

Robert L. Jolles Jolles; foreword by F.W. Sanzenbacher (2006). 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, country.

Barbara Killinger (1992). Workaholics: The Respectable Addicts. (New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 236 p.). Workaholism; Workaholics--Family relationships.

Jon King (2004). Seven Months Deep. (Omaha, NE: iUniverse, 152 p.). Job hunting--Case studies.  

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 workplace .

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 ability--Case studies. 

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 not (just 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 better.

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 environment--United States.

Sydney Lewis (2000). Help Wanted: Tales from the First Job Front. (New York, NY: New Press, 310 p.). Job hunting; Work; Youth--Employment; Youth--Attitudes.

(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 welfare--History.

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; Stress (Psychology). 

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; Job hunting.

ed. John Murphy, Sheila E. Murphy and John G. Sperling (1991). 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 environment.

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; Women--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; Social psychology.

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 living.

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".

--- (1978). 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; Personnel management.

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 Organization Man.

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 communication--United States.

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 conditions--19th century.

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, television.

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 politics --Poetry.

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; Retirees--Recreation--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; Labor--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 -- Biography.

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 States--History.

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; Women--Language.

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; Organizational change.

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.

--- (2001). 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; Organizational effectiveness.


From Carbons to Computers: The Changing American Office                                           

"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|.

Employment Law                                                                                             

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:  Occupations.




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