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Sociology 3308F/G Chapter Notes -Pressure Cooking, Network Society, Cardiovascular Disease

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SOC 3308F/G
Kim Shuey

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Shuey, Spiegel; "The structure of IT work and it's effect on
worker health: job stress and burnout across the life course"
Sunday, February 02, 2014
8:33 PM
Emerging network society within today's new economy, IT industry key palyer
oEconomy with rapid growth in service and technology sectors
Accelerated pace of science and technology development and obsolescence
Great pressure to increase productivity and reduce costs
Demand for flexibility has to do with departure of life long career
More temporary contractual careers, less job security, less benefits, pension, etc.
How do these changes affect individuals with their work environments,
Work's effect on health and well-being
Increasing number of workers experiencing job related stress, stress-related health
More research required in order to understand the ways in which industry and workplace
practices affect worker well-being
Findings situated within a life course framework
Stress and Burnout as a normal part of the job
Burnout and stress acknowledged by at least 50% of workers surveyed as a normal part
of the job
So many people mention burnout it seems to be present
Over one third of respondents said their work had a negative aspect on their health
Some workers attribute physical health concerns to their work, such as weight gain,
headaches, pain, and disability, lack of sleep, exhaustion, even dreaming about work
Some people have a hard time getting to sleep, others wake up in the night and shoot off
a few emails
Some talk about crashing on weekends and sleeping for 12 hours at a time
Nearly one quarter of respondents stated their job led to anxiety
One office had an attempted suicide, an actual suicide, and one person removed from
the office in a straight jacket
The structure of IT work and the creation of stress and burnout
Understanding how individual lives are affected by broader labor market forces and
organizational practices
This section considers structural factors contributing to high levels of stress and burnout
for IT workers
The pace of work and work overload
Employees spend more time at the office and more likely to take home work than in the
Pressures to work longer and harder, reduction in timeframe for work to be completed
Working at high speeds to meet deadlines
Negative mental and physical health consequences
Individuals who work more hours have more ill health than those who work less
Higher levels of anxiety, depression, difficulties intiating and maintaining sleep
High job demands and pressure associated with psychological strain and job
dissatisfaction, increase in cardiovascular disease
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