This book titled, Work, is part of an Oxford University Press series of subjects titled ‘Very Short Introductions’. Work is 118 pages long. Who needs an introduction to work, right? Besides a teenager or young adult who is just beginning to work? Everyone. Work should perhaps be a prerequisite read for all people entering the workforce. I write ‘perhaps’ because I do not want this book scaring anybody off from working. 😉
Work covers a wide range of issues and elements that impact and make up the realm of ‘work’. In one section of the book, the author, Stephen Fineman, is discussing the issue of gender equality and gender roles. He touches on the issue of females being paid less than males in similar or same employment positions. He gives data/evidence in the form of percentages that detail to what extent different nations around the globe employ females compared to males. It was surprising for me to read which nations were at the top of that list (the book was written in 2012).
In Chapter 8, ‘Changes and Transitions’, there is a section titled ‘Without Work’. Stephen Fineman does a terrific job at capturing what some might feel and consider to be dire circumstances that many people find themselves in while going through a tough time of transition dealing with loss and lack of opportunity. This loss and lack of opportunity can all be due to turbulent conditions within the marketplace, and organizational manoeuvres (which are likely done in response to those turbulent conditions).
What a tremendous read this book is. This book covers so many different elements that explain and define the nuances of work. Work is so vital and instrumental to what the majority of us seem to hold so closely to our being. And those are our individual perceptions and ideals of life. Work is much more than an introduction to work. If you never read any more in depth over the content written about in this book, you will have more than enough solid footing to at least make an imprint on how you want to go about moulding and defining your career.