eBook Work and Quality of Life: Ethical Practices in Organizations, 1st Edition

  • Nora P. Reilly
  • M. Joseph Sirgy
  • C. Allen Gorman
  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 940074059X
  • ISBN-13: 9789400740594
  • DDC: 331.256
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 507 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released November 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012
  • Price:  Sign in for price



Employees have personal responsibilities as well as responsibilities to their employers. They also have rights. In order to maintain their well-being, employees need opportunities to resolve conflicting obligations. Employees are often torn between the ethical obligations to fulfill both their work and non-work roles, to respect and be respected by their employers and coworkers, to be responsible to the organization while the organization is reciprocally responsible to them, to be afforded some degree of autonomy at work while attending to collaborative goals, to work within a climate of mutual employee-management trust, and to voice opinions about work policies, processes and conditions without fear of retribution. Humanistic organizations can recognize conflicts created by the work environment and provide opportunities to resolve or minimize them. This handbook empirically documents the dilemmas that result from responsibility-based conflicts. The book is organized by sources of dilemmas that fall into three major categories: individual, organizational (internal policies and procedures), and cultural (social forces external to the organization), including an introduction and a final integration of the many ways in which organizations can contribute to positive employee health and well-being.This book is aimed at both academicians and practitioners who are interested in how interventions that stem from industrial and organizational psychology may address ethical dilemmas commonly faced by employees.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Quality of Work Life.
3: Foundations.
4: Professional Ethical Standards: The Journey Toward Effective Codes of Ethics.
5: Employee Well-Being: An Integrative Perspective.
6: Work Stress: Help Me Get My Feet Back on the Ground.
7: Ethics at Work I: Individual Sources of Dilemmas.
8: Mentoring in Organizations: Mentor or Tormentor?.
9: Selection for Training: The Forgotten Employment Decision?.
10: Career Stagnation: Underlying Dilemmas and Solutions in Contemporary Work Environments.
11: Employee Well-Being: Can Performance Management Systems Help? Yes, But They Sure Can Hurt Too!.
12: Counterproductive Work Behaviors and Their Ethical Dilemmas: Creating Just, Respectful, and Productive Organizations.
13: Ethical Imperatives of Work/Life Balance.
14: When Sending Flowers is Not Enough: The Eldercare Dilemma in the Workplace.
15: A New Layer to Inclusion: Creating Singles-Friendly Work Environments.
16: Ethics at Work II: Organizational Sources of Dilemmas.
17: Perceptions of Justice in Employee Benefits.
18: Telecommuting and Flexible Work Hours: Alternative Work Arrangements that Can Improve the Quality of Work Life.
19: Remote Working and Work-Life Balance.
20: Ethical Leadership and Core Job Characteristics: Designing Jobs for Employee Well-Being.
21: Blame and Credit Attributions and Quality of Work Life: The Effect of Organizational Structure and Culture.
22: Teamwork, Ethics, and the Quality of Working Life.
23: Workplace Violence and Aggression: When You Do Not Want Your Company on the News.
24: Hostile Work Environment: “Is It Just Me or is It Chilly in Here?”.
25: Sexual Harassment: “Is It Just Me or are You Hot?”.
26: Ethics at Work III: Cultural Sources of Dilemmas.
27: Generational Differences: Something Old, Something New.
28: Religious Diversity in the Workplace.
29: An Overview of Workplace Spirituality and Its Likely Relationship with Employee Well-Being.
30: Integration: The Road Ahead.
31: From Nonmalfeasance to Beneficence: Key Criteria, Approaches, and Ethical Issues Relating to Positive Employee Health and Well-Being.
Author Biographies.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

M. Joseph Sirgy

M. Joseph Sirgy is a social/industrial psychologist (Ph.D., U/Massachusetts, 1979), Professor of Marketing, and Virginia Real Estate Research Fellow at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He has published extensively in the area of quality-of-life research and has been invited frequently by academic institutions and conferences as a distinguished scholar to speak on quality-of-life issues in relation to business, philosophy, measurement, and public policy. He has published extensively in social/behavioral science, managerial, and systems related journals on quality-of-life related issues. Examples include Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, European Journal of Marketing. His research focus is on developing and/or refining theoretical models in quality-of-life studies as related to business ethics, strategic marketing, macromarketing, and international marketing. He co-organized at least seven conferences related to quality of life as well as edited several conference proceedings related to quality of life and authored several monographs including: Quality of Life Studies and Social Indicators Research: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works 1984-98 (Blacksburg, VA: ISQOLS, 1998) and Classic Works, Literature Reviews, and Other Important References in QOL Research (Blacksburg, VA: ISQOLS, 1998). He presently serves as an editor of the Quality-of-Life/Marketing section of the Journal of Macromarketing. In a recent survey of scholarly productivity in business ethics, he was ranked as 82nd among 2,371 business ethics scholars world-wide.