We need to talk about dirty work, and what it’s worth!

“A recent survey found 73% of aged care workers in Australia did dirty work, coming into contact with bodily products. These products that are normal – we all poo and bleed – but taboos surrounding dirty work means it rarely gets talked about. And ultimately, this may threaten the quality of care provided to older Australians.” (http://theconversation.com/we-need-to-talk-about-dirty-work-and-what-its-worth-19072)

Organizational Behaviour courses seldom refer to dirty work. Rather often ‘normal’ work is addressed, sometimes only with regard to so-called exceptional workplaces at organisations, such as google, Apple, or Microsoft. I refer to dirty work in one of my classes. However, as it only forms a rather minor aspect in my course, I still feel that it does not receive the attention that it should. The above study could be of help bringing the students closer to dirty work, hence, to understand it as an integral part of the contemporary working life that has consequences for the workers.

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