Work and the Workplace

A Resource for Innovative Policy and Practice

Sheila H. Akabas and Paul A. Kurzman

Columbia University Press

Work and the Workplace

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Pub Date: January 2007

ISBN: 9780231111676

320 Pages

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Work and the Workplace

A Resource for Innovative Policy and Practice

Sheila H. Akabas and Paul A. Kurzman

Columbia University Press

For more than twenty years Sheila H. Akabas and Paul A. Kurzman have written extensively about workers and work organizations, and given leadership to the occupational social welfare movement worldwide. Recognized as leaders in their field, Akabas and Kurzman offer an invaluable and comprehensive look at the innovative ways in which management, labor organizations, government, and social workers can better respond to the needs of workers, their families, and communities.

The authors consider the social, psychological, and economic conditions in the world of work; the domino impact of unemployment upon individuals, families, organizations, and communities; and the inadequacy of insurance, benefit and support systems, intended to respond to personal and systematic crises. They also provide case histories that illustrate how collaboration among management, labor, social work, and government opens new options for workers, their families, and those seeking entry into the workplace.

The authors' discussion provides contemporary illustrations of evidence-based best practices that respond to the needs of the modern workplace. They analyze the barriers to entry into the workforce; the tension between work and family obligations; the sometime unsupportive nature of many jobs and settings; and work implications for persons with chronic or acute illnesses. In the concluding chapter, the authors assess current trends as they offer an optimistic review of the possibilities and positive future potential represented by career counseling, pre-retirement preparation, disability management, executive coaching, manpower programming, and managed care.

Throughout the book, Akabas and Kurzman include case studies to illustrate innovative practice and provide study questions for each chapter.
This book is an outstanding resource... [for those] who are interested in improving the well being or workers, work organizations and communities. Michàlle Mor Barak, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Well-informed and authoritative... This is an excellent text and will serve as a valuable guide. R. Paul Maiden, Journal of Teaching in Social Work
A comprehensive assessment of the role of social work in the workplace. Margaret Fietz, CASW Bulletin
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. History and Rationale
2. The Meaning and Context of Work
3. The Changing Landscape
4. Social Work in the World of Work and in Traditional Settings
5. Distinctive Presenting Problems
6. Delivery Systems: Conceptual Dimensions and Structures
7. Disability as a Metaphor for World of Work Practice
8. Social Workers as Workers, Social Agencies as Employers
9. The Future: Issues, Trends, and Potential
References
Index

About the Author

Sheila H. Akabas is a professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, director of the Center for Social Policy and Practice in the Workplace, and chair of both the World of Work as a Field of Practice and the Social Enterprise Administration as a Method of Practice.Paul A. Kurzman is a professor at the Hunter College School of Social Work and at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He is chair of the School's Work, Employment, and Rehabilitation Specialization and past president of the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.The authors are also the coeditors of Work, Workers, and Work Organizations: A View from Social Work and Work and Well-Being: The Occupational Social Work Advantage.