Most people spend at least eight hours a day at their job. While some derive a strong sense of achievement and self-worth, many workers toil in frustration, feeling underused and underappreciated. InDoing Good Work Matters, Dr. William H. Murphy examines common sense solutions to overcome the brick walls that prevent workers from taking pleasure in their jobs and provides workers with implementable, bull's eye strategies to improve their working lives.
Marketplace theology expert R. Paul Stevens revisits more than twenty biblical accounts -- from Genesis to Revelation -- exploring through them the theological meaning of every sort of work, manual or intellectual, domestic or commercial. --from publisher description.
How new parents in low-wage jobs juggle the demands of work and childcare, and the easy ways employers can help Low-wage workers make up the largest group of employed parents in the United States, yet scant attention has been given to their experiences as new mothers and fathers. Work Matters brings the unique stories of these diverse individuals to light. Drawing on years of research and more than fifteen hundred family interviews, Maureen Perry-Jenkins describes how new parents cope with the demands of infant care while holding down low-wage, full-time jobs, and she considers how managing all of these responsibilities has long-term implications for child development. She examines why some parents and children thrive while others struggle, demonstrates how specific job conditions impact parental engagement and child well-being, and discusses common-sense and affordable ways that employers can provide support. In the United States, federal parental leave policy is unfunded. As a result, many new parents, particularly hourly workers, return to their jobs just weeks after the birth because they cannot afford not to. Not surprisingly, workplace policies that offer parents flexibility and leave time are crucial. But Perry-Jenkins shows that the time parents spend at work also matters. Their day-to-day experiences on the job, such as relationships with supervisors and coworkers, job autonomy, and time pressures, have long-term consequences for parents’ mental health, the quality of their parenting, and, ultimately, the health of their children. An overdue look at an important segment of the parenting population, Work Matters proposes ways to reimagine low-wage work to sustain new families and the development of future generations.
This volume challenges the widely held assumption that the professional practice of student affairs administration transcends the influence of organizational culture. Based on data and commentaries from more than 1,100 practitioners, this book describes how the experience of student affairs administrators varies by institutional type. The findings paint a multifaceted and integrated portrait of the profession. For instance, the standard bearers at liberal art colleges share as much in common with the generalists at comprehensive institutions as they do with the interpreters at religiously affiliated campuses. The specialists at research universities are juxtaposed against the producers at community colleges, however they have closer ties to the change agents at Hispanic-serving institutions. The work of the guardians at historically Black colleges and universities is linked to practice at both liberal arts and community colleges. Where You Work Matters offers current and future administrators a greater appreciation for the vibrancy and complexity of the student affairs profession.
Work Matters brings together a strong collection of narratives from the ethnographic field to discover the reality of pressure and change in the modern workplace. Chapter-by-chapter, experts in the field of work and employment examine empirical accounts and explain the forces shaping today's organisations through a critical, contemporary perspective. The result is a powerful compendium of voices that will provoke a reassessment of work trends and inform the future of policy and managerial practice. Key benefits: - Understand the real issues that affect modern worklife within global capitalism from a range of perspectives - Evaluate key debates about work quality through a flexible, critical mindset and a social perspective - Build a strong social understanding of work place issues through a diverse and international set of field accounts, from the UK, Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand
Sex Work Matters brings together sex workers, scholars and activists to present pioneering essays on the economics and sociology of sex work. From insights by sex workers on how they handle money, intimate relationships and daily harassment by the police, to the experience of male and transgender sex work, this fascinating and original book offers new theoretical frameworks for understanding the sex industry. The result is a vital new contribution to sex-worker rights that explores the topic in new ways, especially its cultural, economic and political dimensions. Readers weary of the sensational and often salacious treatment of the sex industry in the media and literature will find Sex Work Matters refreshing.
What People Want reveals the truth about what it takes to build employee-manager relationships that matter-both to the people involved and to the bottom line. Packed with fascinating results from first-of-its-kind research, this road map through today's workplace of changing demographics, diversity, and difference offers a multitude of tools and advice for building trust, creating a respectful environment, being sensitive to others, setting the right tone, and developing the kinds of relationships that result in lower turnover, higher productivity, and greater employee satisfaction.
He wants to know why. She wants to belong. Gabe was born into privilege - money, a loving family, and encouragement to follow wherever his curiosity leads. Assigned to help investigate a failed magical portal in the Scottish Highlands in 1922, he's more than up for the challenge. He won't let an old injury - or the rumours of a lethal magical beast - get in the way of solving the problem. Rathna, the Portal Keeper he's been assigned to assist, is not at all what he expected. From their first meeting, it's clear that she's skilled, with a rare talent for magical energy. Her brown skin, the way she doesn't talk about her family, and her prickly insistence on proper form leave Gabe wondering, but she refuses to talk about anything other than their work. As Gabe and Rathna begin to investigate, mystery piles on mystery. The portal is on the side of a steep mountain for no good reason. There's an unknown man asking questions about Rathna's family. Even getting a drink in the pub has risks. As they begin to trust each other and share their secrets, Rathna becomes sure Gabe will disappear as soon as their work together is done. The Fossil Door features a ferocious desire to learn why things are as they are, a London-born Bengali heroine, awe-inspiring geology, life-changing secrets, and chosen family. Set in the magical community of the British Isles in 1920s, the Mysterious Powers series can be read in any order, and each book ends with a happily-ever-after (no cliffhangers.)
A working understanding of medical ethics is becoming ever more important to all practising doctors. There are many ethical issues which present often unexpectedly to healthcare professionals which can seem impossible to resolve. This is an introductory text for everyday general practice. Key issues and relevant legal aspects are illustrated with examples and case histories and the book is structured so particular topics can be found with ease. For added benefit chapters have pointers for further reflection and analysis references to journal articles and useful reading lists. The book can be used as a resource for group discussion or by individual general practitioners including GP registrars and their trainers.
What if you could become a powerful force for good in the world without moving overseas, burdening your overwhelmed family, or giving up the comforts of modern life? Chris Marlow, founder of the global advocacy organization Help One Now, once felt paralyzed in the face of global problems. They seemed too numerous, too complicated, too big—and after all, how much can one person really do? But a wake-up call in Zimbabwe and a closer study of Scripture soon showed Chris that maybe Christians are overcomplicating how to do act justly in a broken world. Maybe all God is calling us to do is set up a lemonade stand for a good cause. Doing Good is Simple is your practical guide to world change wherever you are. Through Chris’ own journey of an ordinary person seeking God’s good in the world, this book will: Empower you to make a difference where you are Redefine good according to God’s metrics of small, simple things with great love Bring global concepts down to earth for you to find your place in the area where God is calling you Disband the top myths we tell ourselves when it comes to world change and why we aren’t “enough” Free you from your first world guilt complex that drags you down Provide practical, accessible guidelines for getting started today
When do you find time to connect with God? Even if we try to be intentional about it, everyday activities and responsibilities often find a way to take priority over our time with Jesus. Prayer can happen at any time, and of course it does, but there is value in setting aside a specific time to communicate with the Lord. The notion of getting alone with God to start the day was an example set by Jesus himself! He got up before daylight to pray in a solitary place. We don’t know what about or who for, we just know it was his way of connecting with the Father before doing anything else. As you quiet yourself before him and meditate on these Scriptures, devotions, and prayers, experience the goodness of his presence and be refreshed with his perfect peace. When you prioritize Jesus above everything, other concerns fade. Hope dawns with the new day. Tender mercies fall fresh. Boundless joy springs up from a well within. And you find the strength to walk through each day with grace for others and for yourself.