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By Maria C.W. Peeters, Jan de Jonge, Toon W. Taris

This is the 1st accomplished review of labor psychology, with assurance of vintage versions, present theories, and modern matters affecting the 21st-century worker.


  • Examines the features of work–motivation, functionality, creativity, and engagement—instead of focusing in simple terms on antagonistic effects
  • Edited via leaders within the box with chapters written via an international crew of specialists from the united states, united kingdom, Europe,  and Australia
  • Discusses subject matters corresponding to defense at paintings, know-how, operating occasions, work-family interplay, operating in groups , restoration, activity calls for and activity assets, and affliction absence
  • Suitable for complex classes all in favour of paintings psychology as a sub self-discipline of labor and organizational psychology
  • Didactic good points contain questions for dialogue, packing containers with functional functions, extra studying sections, and a glossary

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This part starts from the assumption that work behaviour is not just a function of job demands (Part C) and the characteristics of the work context (Part D), but also depends to some degree on the person conducting the task. g. personality factors) traditionally fall within the remit of personnel psychology and therefore are not discussed here. However, several of these characteristics are becoming increasingly important in the area of work psychology, meaning that attention for such characteristics in a textbook on work psychology is warranted.

It frequently occurs that such people continue to go to work, in spite of the fact that they do not need to work for their subsistence. Are these people still ‘working’ in the sense of the definition above? Does work still have the same meaning to these people as before they won the lottery, or is their job now better classified as a form of leisure activity? Similar questions may be raised concerning the nature of volunteer work: is this a form of ‘working’ according to the definition given above, and in what sense does volunteer work differ from paid work?

The existence of ‘knowledge workers’ is not new: it was described by Peter Drucker in his 1959 book The Landmarks of Tomorrow. Drucker (1999) states that ‘The most valuable assets of a 20th-century company were its production equipment. The most valuable asset of a 21st-century institution, whether business or nonbusiness, will be its knowledge workers and their productivity’ (p. 135). Knowledge work is typically characterized by a high degree of cognitive load, a term which is used in cognitive psychology to illustrate the load or effort related to the executive control of the working memory.

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