Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being
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Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Kathryn M. Page

Almost every person works at some point in their lives. The Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being examines the association of particular work experiences with employee and organizational health and performance.
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Chapter 7: Precarious employment: what it means for workers and their families

Wayne Lewchuk and Michelynn Laflèche


There is overwhelming evidence that less secure forms of employment are replacing the standard employment relationship. It is essential that we understand the occupational health effects and social implications of precarious employment. Drawing on data collected by the Poverty and Employment Precarity in Southern Ontario (PEPSO) research group, this chapter argues the effects of precarious employment are broader than low wages and irregular employment. Workers face increased health risks and households face increased anxiety.

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