Working Conditions

The quality of working conditions affect almost every person in the world. Unfortunately due to the industrial revolution that took place in most of the western world, the working conditions took second place to the actual product. The impact of bad working conditions varies from person to person but overall is negative. It has an effect on their mental health, their physical health, and their ability to do their job. The first source I have is a news story about the poor treatment of workers in developing countries, countries that haven’t yet hit their industrial revolution. The second source is a study on how working conditions affect the workers. They both raise a conversation about working conditions and the importance of providing conditions that aren’t going to have a negative impact on the workers. As someone who is in a good working environment, it bothers me that some people don’t have the opportunity to have good conditions. It also is a problem that some are negatively affected by these conditions. This issue partially exists due to the industrialization that happened in the past. Society got used to cheap labor for their products. As American labor became too expensive, the labor was outsourced to other countries. It is the same thing that happened in the American Industrial Revolution except for the fact that we put in regulations to prevent it from happening. That is what these developing countries need. It ties neatly into the saying that history repeats itself. These countries are suffering from almost the exact thing that happened to America. A great effort is needed to prevent the further abuse of workers in these countries.


J.Paul Leigh, Employee and job attributes as predictors of absenteeism in a national sample of workers: The importance of health and dangerous working conditions, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 33, Issue 2, 1991, Pages 127-137, ISSN 0277-9536,

Mauritius’ poor treatment of foreign workers harks back to a dark time in its history




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