Dimensions of Dignity at Work

1st Edition

Editors: Sharon Bolton
Paperback ISBN: 9780750683333
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 29th June 2007
Page Count: 288


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What is dignity in and at work? How is it experienced differently by different groups of working people? Are there enduring divisions of dignity: unequal access to what is accepted to be a fundamental human right? How can we ensure that continued opportunities are available for the creation, maintenance and restoration of dignity at work?

This edited collection of papers investigates the concept of dignity and what it means to people in their working lives: how we are perceived and valued as people in the workplace.

Contributors to over a century of social and organizational analysis have talked about dignity at work, but the discussion has tended to take place under headings such as citizenship, satisfaction, mutuality, pride in work, responsible autonomy and ontological security, or to focus on mismanagement, over-long hours, a poor working environment, workplace bullying and harassment as the central facilitator of indignity at work.

Dignity in and at work is a far more complex phenomenon than these representations would suggest. Neither is it enough to suggest that equal opportunity, work life balance and anti-bullying policies restore dignity to work, valuable interventions though they are in themselves. The papers featured in this edited collection suggest that we see dignity reordered and experienced in different ways depending on our own circumstances and viewpoints.

Key Features

  • Groundbreaking text addressing core issues involved in understanding the concept of dignity at work
  • Timely work at the forefront of growing interest in this area
  • Broad spectrum of contributors from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds


Managers at all levels HR professionals Business and management/sociology students Academics Policy makers and research bodies

Table of Contents

DEFINING DIGNITY Dignity in and at Work: Why It Matters; Dignity, Esteem and Moral Economy of Organizations; Dirt, Work and Dignity; DIGNITY, WORK AND THE POLITICAL ECONOMY Respect at Work: Why Good Work Matters; Is Good Work Productive Work?; Dignified Work and the UK Informal Economy; DIGNITY IN WORKPLACE PRACTICE Organizational Citizenship and Dignity at Work; The Times Top 100 Companies to Work For: Is This the Best 'Best Practice' Can Do?; Information Technology at Work: The Contradictory Consequences for Dignity; Working Together Towards Dignity at Work; 'Is That Something We Used to Do in the 70s?': The Demise of 'Good Work' in the Volvo Corporation.


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About the Editor

Sharon Bolton

Sharon Bolton, PhD, is Professor of Organizational Analysis at Strathclyde University Business School Her research interests include the emotional labour process, public sector management, the nursing and teaching labour process, gender and the professions and dignity in and at work.

Affiliations and Expertise

Sharon Bolton is Professor of Organizational Analysis at Strathclyde University Business School.