© 2001

Beyond the Bottom Line

The Search for Dignity at Work

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Roots

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paula M. Rayman
      Pages 3-24
    3. Paula M. Rayman
      Pages 25-57
    4. Paula M. Rayman
      Pages 59-79
    5. Paula M. Rayman
      Pages 81-106
  3. Present

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Paula M. Rayman
      Pages 109-134
    3. Paula M. Rayman
      Pages 135-158
  4. Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Paula M. Rayman
      Pages 161-194
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 195-220

About this book


Why do so many Americans-working harder and longer and with less security than ever before-question the price of success demanded by today's hot-wired economy? Can you work and still have a life? Paula Rayman says, is yes. In this timely book, she offers a powerful blueprint for transforming the world of work, family, and community that is the downside of our relentlessly competitive culture. In this much-needed wake-up call to corporate America, Rayman shows why companies must go beyond the bottom line to survive and thrive. Drawing on her experience as a leading advocate for a more responsive workplace, she demonstrates how companies can organize for profit, productivity, and the desire of workers for a more rewarding quality of life. In a win-win agenda for changing outmoded organizations, she demonstrates convincingly that all successful transformations create workplaces that respect the need for dignity: security, self-respect, and the time and freedom to care for family and community.


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About the authors

Paula Rayman is Director of the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute at Harvard University. She is regularly invited to the White House to participate on committes and panels that examine and recommend policy regarding the workplace and family. She is very well connected and experienced with television and radio interviews.

Bibliographic information


"...a carefully reasoned yet impassioned plea to move beyond the constraint of bottom-line thinking..."-Tikkun

"Paula Rayman has issued a passionate plea to restore the full meaning of 'good work,' in all of its psychological, spiritual, and economic aspects. While she is ever-mindful of the plight of working families struggling to make ends meet, her appealing stories demonstrate that there is much more to a job than the paycheck." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School, author of Evolve!: Succeeding in the Digital Cultural of Tomorrow

"Paula Rayman wisely counsels that we rise above the bottom line and fight for our families and our lives. This is a thoughful book and it's exactly right for the time." - Robert B. Reich, University Professor of Social and Economic Policy, Brandeis University, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor

"In this wide-ranging analysis, Paula Rayman...situates these questions in relation to a simple truth: work should provide people with dignity.... Rayman has written an important contributation to the ongoing debate about workplace and labor market reform." - Juliet Schor, Senior Lecturer on Women's Studies, Harvard University and author of The Overworked American

"American corporate culture is creating a nation of families who are overworked, stressed out, and in desperate need of time together. Paula Rayman gets to the heart of this dilemma in this valuable book, and delivers a challenge for change." - John Sweeny, President, AFL-CIO

"Enlightened CEO's understand the enormous importance to the bottom of creating a context for work and the work place that accommondates the human needs of every employee. Paula Rayman provides valuable insights for those seeking to better understand those needs, and their significance." - Randall L. Tobias, Chairman Emeritus, Eli Lilly