Stop Living Your Job, Start Living Your Life: 85 Simple Strategies to Achieve Work/Life Balance, by Andrea Molloy (2005)
All 208 pages of this book give you constructive advice and easy ways to balance the stressful demands of work and life. Chapter titles are proactively entitled, “Get Focused," “Get Organized," “Don’t Get Stressed," “Get Connected," and “Get Going," making the writing fun and easy-going yet incredibly encouraging. There are also interactive tools and exercise sheets included that help you organize your workspace and life-space.
The Truth About Burnout: How Organizations Cause Personal Stress and What to Do About It, by Christina Maslach and Michael P. Leiter (1997)
Maslach and Leiter give an alternative view of employee burnout in this 200-page book. This is one of the more interesting books on coping with a stressful work environment. Their view is that work-related stress and burnout is not problem that originates and ends with the employee. Instead, burnout is a mismatch between the employee, their job and the environment in which they work. Also, the authors present the view that it’s up to the company to work out a more conducive environment for its stressed out workers by looking ways to equip workers to feel more empowered when performing their jobs and subsequently reducing work-related stress. For instance, the authors show how a company’s investment in employee job training programs can prevent poor performance later down the road. Also, how hiring an additional employee in the present can prevent diminished quality of work and employee absenteeism from overwork later on.
Healthy Work: Stress Productivity And The Reconstruction Of Working Life, by Robert Karasek and Tores Theorell (1992)
In this 398-page, these authors study the psycho-social aspects of different types of jobs in various industries. The authors categorize jobs into high-strain, low-strain, active and passive jobs. They group these jobs by occupation and also compare these types of jobs among men and women. Next, the book explores various work environments and their contributions to stress-related illnesses such as high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. In later chapters, the authors introduce the “health-oriented job redesign process" and suggest that companies design job functions and descriptions around matching the personality and psychology of the worker to more accurately fit the psychological and social needs of the job type within the organization. The authors are Swedish academicians and present a novel point of view from an American and European perspective. It is interesting to read about and form your own opinion on some novel approaches (some of which are being tried) to the work-stress issue.