From the visionary head of Google's innovative People Operations - a groundbreaking inquiry into the philosophy of work and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and ensuring the best and brightest succeed.
"We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It's not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing." So says Laszlo Bock, head of People Operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge. This insight is the heart of Work Rules!, a compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto with the potential to change how we work and live.
Drawing on the latest research in behavioral economics and with a profound grasp of human psychology, Bock also provides teaching examples from a range of industries - including companies that are household names but hideous places to work and little-known companies that achieve spectacular results by valuing and listening to their employees. Bock takes us inside one of history's most explosively successful businesses to reveal why Google is consistently rated one of the best places to work in the world, distilling 15 years of intensive worker R&D into delightfully counterintuitive principles that are easy to put into action whether you're a team of one or a team of thousands.
Cleaving the knot of conventional management, some lessons from Work Rules! include:
Work Rules! shows how to strike a balance between creativity and structure, leading to success you can measure in quality of life as well as market share. Read it to build a better company from within rather than from above; read it to reawaken your joy in what you do.
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"A human resource professional and natural-sounding speaker, [Bock] delivers his book with a combination of boyish wonder and a matter-of-fact conviction." (AudioFile)
Overall Works Rules! offers insights into why Google is exceptionally difficult to enter as an employee and some reasons why being a Google employee is desirable.
Work Rules! is a multifaceted work and could have easily been several thousand pages or spanned a full college course.
One topic discussed: Laszlo disclosed that Google created a sophisticated screening and recruiting system which requires vast amounts of resources and and executives for every new hire.
Google doesn't let functional managers make decisions on who to hire, fire or promote but has adopted a panelling system with the understanding that each panel member provides a unique frame of reference. Laszlo also added reasons as to why hiring only the best people is worth the extra burden.
Without boring you further: Read/Listen to Work Rules!
Help shatter outdated paradigms, Recognize People as People, that unfair is fair and that "Culture eats strategy for lunch"
Pretty accurate depiction of how work culture was at Google, both the good and the bad.
I've experienced both the failures and successes of the People Operations team, and witnessed the data/experimentation driven approach to continually improving the workplace to be an interesting and meaningful place. A good listen for anyone interested in the answer to "Why is Google seen as a great place to work?"
My eventual departure was unrelated to culture (I'll be back in a heartbeat if I need stable work).
The message of this book is extremely insightful, empowering, and thought-provoking. I love Bock's transparency and honesty around how he successfully built people operations for google. The passion in his story is taken to the next level in this audiobook because you can hear the genuine excitement in his voice as he tells the stories and talks about the research behind his book.
Too often people are ready to tell you only about their success and accomplishments. The author does one better and tells you about some of the company's failures and not so great moments which helped them grow to what they are now.
The audio seems all the more sincere as it is read by the author himself.
Great read (or listening) for all levels of the workforce from entry level to senior executives.
This book is a manual for how to positively change the way we all experience work and interact with each other in our daily lives. I am excited to be working in a time when this is the way things are headed. It is time for corporations to take notice. Work does not have to be miserable!
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