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Is Work Killing You?: A Doctor's Prescription for Treating Workplace Stress Paperback – February 12, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1770892750 ISBN-10: 1770892753 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press; 1 edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770892753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770892750
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Dr. Posen's work could not be more timely. As people create and manage projects and organizations of ever-increasing complexity, it is more clear than ever that we needed rested, clear heads to make critical decisions. Stress, fatigue, and cognitive overload put all of that at risk and are invariably implicated in all kinds of industrial disasters, from refinery fires to financial crises. We won't make our world safer until we learn to manage our work and ourselves better.” — Margaret Heffernan, author of Willfull Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril

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David Posen: David Posen, M.D., is a physician, popular speaker, and the bestselling author of The Little Book of Stress Relief, which sold more than 50,000 copies and has been translated into five languages.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susanne Cardwell on March 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Dr. David Posen's book "Is Work Killing You?" is a remarkably inspirational book that aims at advocating for workplace changes, placing the onus of work related stress on the corporation rather than on the individual.

Dr. Posen mentions that in his other books he talks about work related stress from the point-of-view of the individual as the needed source of change; conversely, in this book, Posen speaks of the need for corporate restructuring, either through manageable and small-scale changes or even through radical and large-scale implementations of his ideas.

Perhaps the most radical and yet eye-opening of his perspectives is his view that there have been layoffs of corporate staff members that resulted less from necessity and more from sheer corporate greed--most notably through CEO inflated wages.

To illustrate, Dr. Posen writes that "in December 2011, the Conference Board of Canada reported that the pay of board directors of publicly traded companies in Canada jumped 400 percent in the past decade while the value of the companies they were overseeing rose only 33 percent, based on the Toronto Stock Market Index" (p. 281). Essentially, while companies lay off staff-- creating extra burdens, increased stress, and greater workloads for remaining members-- CEO's are earning 400 times the value they earned in the prior decade. Sadly, even when corporations are losing money, CEO's are receiving hefty bonuses for failing performances.

Interestingly, the outcome of this downsizing of staff, according to Dr. Posen, is that staff members are being both stretched beyond their natural stress threshold and deprived of the leisure, sleep and work balance that is required for optimal living.

Another interesting perspective that Dr.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Eubanks on February 19, 2013
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A great summary on the causes of stress and what to do about it. I have used in my executive coaching practice with great results.
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