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Job quality: the impact of work organisation on health

posted on 2023-05-24, 06:22 authored by Quinlan, M, Philip BohlePhilip Bohle
This chapter examines the relationship between a key element of job quality, namely work organisation and health. In particular, it focuses on how a form of work organisation, precarious work, can damage the health, safety and wellbeing of workers and the wider community. The chapter is divided into three sections. The first provides a short historical overview of research linking job quality to health. The second examines evidence regarding the health effects of precarious work and efforts to explain them. The third section examines the policy and research implications of this evidence and the broader debates they raise about job quality. The intention is not only to demonstrate that work organisation can lead to poorer health but also to illustrate the processes through which it does so and to examine the implications for interventions to improve job quality. The evidence presented demonstrates that programs to improve job quality are seriously constrained if they do not address key elements of work organisation.


Publication title

Job Quality in Australia


A. Knox and C. Warhurst






The Federation Press

Place of publication

Alexandria, New South Whales, Australia



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Copyright 2015 Angela Knox and Chris Warhurst

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  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Employment patterns and change; Workplace safety

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