While on professional leave in Spring 2020, Jason Kanov (Department of Management, College of Business and Economics) completed and published a paper entitled “Why Suffering Matters!” in the Journal of Management Inquiry. The paper describes how workplaces not only harbor but also cause significant human suffering, yet this suffering tends to be largely overlooked, ignored, or suppressed. Additionally, the paper discusses implications of these observations, which include better surfacing systemic inequities related to who is more or less likely to suffer at work and identifying opportunities to develop more caring organizations. These and other matters are discussed in general terms and also in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.
A link to the published abstract of the paper is here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1056492620929766