- Hot Topic
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Applicable – You’ll get advice that can be directly applied in the workplace or in everyday situations.
Analytical – You’ll understand the inner workings of the subject matter.
Background – You’ll get contextual knowledge as a frame for informed action or analysis.
Bold – You’ll find arguments that may break with predominant views.
Comprehensive – You’ll find every aspect of the subject matter covered.
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Controversial – You’ll be confronted with strongly debated opinions.
Eloquent – You’ll enjoy a masterfully written or presented text.
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For beginners – You’ll find this to be a good primer if you’re a learner with little or no prior experience/knowledge.
For experts – You’ll get the higher-level knowledge/instructions you need as an expert.
Hot Topic – You’ll find yourself in the middle of a highly debated issue.
Innovative – You can expect some truly fresh ideas and insights on brand-new products or trends.
Insider’s take – You’ll have the privilege of learning from someone who knows her or his topic inside-out.
Inspiring – You’ll want to put into practice what you’ve read immediately.
Overview – You’ll get a broad treatment of the subject matter, mentioning all its major aspects.
Scientific – You’ll get facts and figures grounded in scientific research.
Visionary – You’ll get a glimpse of the future and what it might mean for you.
Well structured – You’ll find this to be particularly well organized to support its reception or application.
Work is making people sick, and it may be killing them says Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer in this passionate discussion of the health threat of toxic work environments. He lists 10 hazardous workplace factors: being unemployed or laid off, lack of health insurance, erratic shifts, long hours, job insecurity, family-to-work and work-to-family conflicts, lack of control over your job and work environment, job pressure, low social support, and employers who make seemingly unfair job and employment decisions. Pfeffer recognizes that some nations and some companies guarantee health care, reduce extra work hours and announce shift schedules in advance to be willfully humane.
About the Author
Jeffrey Pfeffer is a professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and the author or co-author of numerous research papers and 15 books, including Leadership B.S., Power, The Human Equation, Managing with Power and The Knowing-Doing Gap.