An Introduction to Contemporary Work Psychology
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This is the first comprehensive overview of work psychology, with coverage of classic models, current theories, and contemporary issues affecting the 21st-century worker.


  • Examines the positive aspects of work–motivation, performance, creativity, and engagement—instead of focusing only on adverse effects
  • Edited by leaders in the field with chapters written by a global team of experts from the US, UK, Europe,  and Australia
  • Discusses topics such as safety at work, technology, working times, work-family interaction, working in teams , recovery, job demands and job resources, and sickness absence
  • Suitable for advanced courses focused on work psychology as a sub discipline of work and organizational psychology
  • Didactic features include questions for discussion, boxes with practical applications, further reading sections, and a glossary


Maria Peeters is Associate Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, and a licensed occupational health psychologist. Her research interests include job stress, work motivation, job performance, work-home interaction, and aging at work. She has published many book chapters as well as articles on these topics in today’s leading scientific journals.

Jan de Jonge is Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, and Vice-Dean of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences. He is a licensed work and organizational psychologist as well as a licensed occupational health psychologist. His research interests include the optimization of performance at work and at sports, and he has published well over a hundred articles, books and chapters. Until recently, he served as the Editor of the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

Toon Taris is Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He is currently Scientific Editor of Work & Stress and serves on the boards of several other international journals.  He has published hundreds of articles and chapters on topics such as occupational health, stress, engagement, workaholism, authenticity at work, as well as on longitudinal research methods and nonresponse, in journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.


About the Editors vii

About the Contributors viii

Part A Introduction 1

1 Introduction: People at Work 3
Maria C. W. Peeters, Toon W. Taris and Jan de Jonge

2 Research Methods in Work Psychology 31
E. Kevin Kelloway and Arla Day

Part B Theoretical Perspectives on Work 61

3 The Models that Made Job Design 63
Kevin Daniels, Pascale M. Le Blanc and Matthew Davis

4 Current Theoretical Perspectives in Work Psychology 89
Jan de Jonge, Evangelia Demerouti and Christian Dormann

Part C Demands 115

5 Quantitative Job Demands 117
Marc van Veldhoven

6 Qualitative Demands at Work 144
Dieter Zapf, Norbert K. Semmer and Sheena Johnson

Part D Context 169

7 Job Control and Social Aspects of Work 171
Norbert K. Semmer and Terry A. Beehr

8 Recovery from Demanding Work Hours 196
Sabine A. E. Geurts, Debby G. J. Beckers and Philip Tucker

9 The Design and Use of Work Technologies 220
Patrick Waterson

Part E The Worker 241

10 Individual Characteristics and Work-related Outcomes 243
Beatrice van der Heijden, Karen van Dam, Despoina Xanthopoulou and Annet H. de Lange

11 Work–Family Interaction 267
Ulla Kinnunen, Johanna Rantanen, Saija Mauno and Maria C. W. Peeters

Part F Outcomes 291

12 Burnout, Boredom and Engagement in the Workplace 293
Wilmar B. Schaufeli and Marisa Salanova

13 Job Satisfaction, Motivation and Performance 321
Nathan A. Bowling

14 Safety at Work 342
Nik Chmiel and Toon W. Taris

15 Sickness Absence and Sickness Presence 367
Rita Claes

Part G Interventions 391

16 Managing Psychosocial Risks in the Workplace: Prevention and Intervention 393
Silvia Pignata, Caroline Biron and Maureen F. Dollard

17 Job Crafting 414
Evangelia Demerouti and Arnold B. Bakker

18 Teams at Work 434
Amanda L. Thayer, Ramón Rico, Eduardo Salas and Shannon L. Marlow

19 Positive Interventions: From Prevention to Amplification 458
Carolyn M. Youssef-Morgan and Dale A. Sundermann

Index 481


“The book is targeted at students of work and organisational psychology but it could certainly be of interest for advanced study in related fields. For a book of this quality the paperback version represents excellent value for money and would be a useful introductory text to anyone studying the psychology of work.”  (Occupational Health At Work, 1 August 2014)