History of the Organization of Work FROM THE 16TH TO THE 18TH CENTURY

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  • The NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) identifies "organization of work" as one of 21 priorities for occupational health research in the United States. In the NORA document , the organization of work refers to the work process and the organizational practices that influence job design, including how jobs are and human resource policies are structured. While there is a growing awareness of the importance of these macro-level variables in determining the conditions of work, and thus their impact on worker safety, health and well-being, researchers currently have no efficient way to identify organizational assessment tools or instruments for use in their occupational health studies.

    The world of work—comprising all interactions between workers and employers, organizations, and the work environment—is marked by the constant adaptation to changes in the technological, cultural, political, and economic environments. The study of historical changes in the organization of work can perhaps lead to a better understanding of the present problems—now on a worldwide scale—that accompany ongoing technical, political, and economic changes. (See .) Hence, this article employs both historical and current perspectives in order to provide a basis for understanding work in today’s world and to consider possible changes in the future.

  • Silt is still removed manually in many parts of the world, provided that the water levels in the canals can be lowered sufficiently or, even better, the canals dried for several days. This method is quite effective, although the actual organization of the work can be a problem. Labour, its organization and supervision are discussed in section 6.6.

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