Ana Maria Rossi, James A. Meurs, Pamela L. Perrewé , eds. 2014. Improving Employee Health and Well‐Being. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc. $39.00. pp. 215. Paperback. ISBN: 978‐1‐62396‐517‐4. .

AuthorWilliam P. Schaefer
Published date01 March 2015
Date01 March 2015
Book Review
Ana Maria Rossi, James A. Meurs, Pamela L. Perrewe
´, eds. 2014. Improving
Employee Health and Well-Being. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
$39.00. pp. 215. Paperback. ISBN: 978-1-62396-517-4.
This slender paperback publication is the fourth volume in a series titled
Stress and Quality of Working Life. It addresses the topic of employee health and
well-being and does so through the eyes of a select group of knowledgeable,
academic authors. Through the 12 chapters that comprise this work, the “…
multi-disciplinary group of experts …” (p. vii) offers an international perspective
on how individuals, organizations, and societies can create healthier workplaces
for employees. The book is divided into three sections. Section I includes six
chapters and focuses on the role of the individual in organizational stress and
well-being. Section II contains two chapters and examines the social aspects of
occupational stress. Section III is comprised of four chapters and addresses the
role of prevention and intervention in the workplace. The following material is
drawn from select chapters with the purpose of demonstrating the type and f‌low
of content that one will encounter in each section of the book.
The f‌irst chapter in Section I explores politics in the workplace and the
resulting effects on personal well-being. Authors Christopher C. Rosen and
Daniel C. Ganster present a framework “… that (a) explains how exposure to
workplace politics affects employee health and well-being over time and (b)
identif‌ies factors that serve to mitigate these inf‌luences” (p. 4). Rosen and Ganster
explore three streams of research: perceptions of organizational politics, political
behavior, and political skill. The authors use these three factors to explain
employee stress and the mitigating factors that can result in a less stressful work
environment for employees. As an example, if the actual or perceived political
environment of a given organization is deeply rooted in the organizational culture
and is not minimized, Rosen and Ganster posit that employee health may
seriously deteriorate: “… employees who work in highly political contexts may
experience chronically high levels of inf‌lammation, elevated resting blood
pressure, and harmful changes to their metabolic system that may be detected by
high body mass index numbers, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, and
World Medical & Health Policy, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2015
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