Chapter 6People and Organizations

Heading for a management career? Be careful what you wish for. Graeber (2018) warns that a high percentage of white‐collar workers experience spiritual violence because they work in pointless “bullshit jobs.” Schwartz and Porath (2014) argue that “the way we're working isn't working” because white‐collar workers aren't eager to go to work, don't feel they get much appreciation while there, have trouble getting everything done, and doubt that their work makes much of a contribution. They arrive home deflated and haunted by round‐the‐clock demands. In addition to a heavy emotional toll, high stress, long hours, job insecurity, and lack of control can also lead to illness and death (Pfeffer, 2018; Samson,

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