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The Importance of Work in an Age of UncertaintyThe Eroding Work Experience in America$
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David L. Blustein

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190213701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190213701.001.0001

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Being With Others

Being With Others

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The Importance of Work in an Age of Uncertainty

David L. Blustein

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the relational aspects of work, exploring how work functions to provide people with an opportunity to connect to others and, at times, to evoke distress in the workplace. Beginning with a review of the relational revolution in psychology, vignettes from the Boston College Working Project participants explicate how relationships function within the workplace, underscoring both adaptive and aversive aspects of relational influences, power differentials at work, work–family balance, and the internalization process. The chapter includes a review of recent contributions on attachment, social support, mentoring, and social networks, which reflect important new directions for understanding the ways in which being with others at work enhances aliveness and well-being. Policy implications pertaining to the need for people to have access to decent work that affirms relational strivings conclude the chapter.

Keywords:   work relationships, interpersonal connection, attachment, work–family interface, mentoring, social networks

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