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Questions about the causes or sources of work stress have been the subject of considerable research, as well as public fascination, for several decades. Earlier interest in this issue focused on the question of whether some jobs are simply more inherently stressful than others. Other questions that soon emerged asked whether some individuals were more prone to stress than others. The Handbook of Work Stress focuses primarily on identifying the different sources of work stress across different contexts and individuals.   

Part-Time and Contingent Employment
Part-Time and contingent employment
Daniel G.Gallagher

Organizational researchers have had a long history of studying the nature and consequences of work and the employer-employee relationship. Efforts to understand the nature of the employment relationship have included a broad spectrum of topics such as individual worker attitudes, job design, motivation, leadership, group dynamics, and employee development, to name only a few. On the outcome side of the employment relationship, attention has been given to both the individual and organization-based consequences of the employment experience. However, it is important to note that almost all academic efforts at theory building and model testing appear to be based on the underlying assumption that the structure of the employer-employee relationship involves a full-time and “ongoing” working arrangement (e.g., ...

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