Ep 65. Jeffrey Pfeffer: Is Your Work Killing You?
"The workplace is killing people. And no one cares."
Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or co-author of 15 books, including Leadership B.S, which he talked about on this program. He serves on the board of directors of Berlin Packaging, on the advisory board for Collective Health, and on the board of the nonprofit Quantum Leap Healthcare. Jeff has won the Richard D. Irwin Award from the Academy of Management for scholarly contributions to management, and numerous awards for his articles and books.
Stew and Jeff talk about his bold and critically important 2018 book, Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance -- And What We Can Do About It. They discuss the stress and strain experienced by employees and their families as a result of overwork and other sources of toxicity in today’s workplaces, and their effects: weight gain, alcohol and drug abuse, excessive smoking, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, depression, and death. They explore how to make today’s workplace environments more sustainable, providing examples of humane organizations, descriptions of needed social policy changes, and calls to action to which any one of us can respond.