• Work Rules!

  • Insights From Inside GoogleThat Will Transform How You Live and Lead
  • By: Laszlo Bock
  • Narrated by: Laszlo Bock
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-09-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Laszlo Bock, Head of Goggle’s People Operations and both author and narrator of his brilliant debut audiobook, Work Rules, explains how to keep on top of a changing business world. Hear this incredible businessman explain that the key to a thriving business lies in the people you hire. Taking Google as a case study, Bock details a thorough guide for employers in how to draw the best people to your business. He enlightens you to the importance of shaping a successful career for your employees and that keeping them satisfied with their work is essential to the success of your business. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

From the brilliant and innovative head of Google's people operations, the ultimate guide to attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and how to ensure the best and the brightest succeed.

Google receives more than 1,500,000 unique applications for jobs every year. This book shows you why.

  • How to learn from your best employees - and your worst
  • Why you should hire only people who are smarter than you are
  • Take away managers' powers over employees
  • And why not to trust your gut instinct?

"We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It's not right that the experience should be so demotivating and dehumanizing." So says Laszlo Bock, visionary head of people operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge: this insight is the heart of his brilliant first book. A compelling manifesto with the potential to change how we work and live,

Work Rules! offers both a new philosophy of the new world of work and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent and ensuring the brightest and best prosper. Your workplace and how you treat your employees has a huge effect on your success.

In twelve vivid chapters, Bock lays out a series of surprising lessons from a range of industries - from household names to little-known innovators. He also 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. His years of experience are distilled into a series of entertaining principles that are easy to put into action, whether you're a team of one or a team of thousands.

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. The way we work is changing - are you?

©2015 Laszlo Bock (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Awesome book

great book with lots of nice insights and practical tips that go into lots of nuances and highlight wins and losses.

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Could not ask for more...

Laszlo's book is not just revolutionary in the business sense but his approach is so humane that it makes you believe you really can win and still do no evil :) thanks Laszlo!!!

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Brilliant to say the least!

The contents of this book as well as its narration are of such high quality and value that different portions of it could be taught and adopted in all kinds of organisations that depend on people to create value.

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  • Anthony
  • 12-29-15

Great insights into a fascinating company

Insights from inside the people operations at Google. How to attract, hire, motivate, retain or even disseminate great people from one of the world's most innovative companies. Lots of valuable insights for any managers, creators, and team members. How must your people-oriented policies relate to and reinforce your mission and vision as a company or institution? Lots of practical and sensible advice, wisdom, humour and intelligence distilled over the years.

Wish many of the "leaders"and managers I've met during my career had thought (and acted....) in tune with even a fraction of these insights...

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  • Mark
  • 05-28-15

Inspired me to ditch my high paid job in Design and pursue a job in People Operations

Beautifully sums up how Google operate from a People Operations perspective distilling some complex data into the fundamental idea that people are essentially good, and we should treat people accordingly.

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  • Elena
  • 05-14-15

captivating inspiring great book

never thought would be so captivated by this listening. truly recommend for a change of perspective.

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  • Adrian Mansfield
  • 11-18-16

Great book will make you think about HR/people

If you could sum up Work Rules! in three words, what would they be?

"thought prevoking", challenging and interesting

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that a range of real life scenarios are used to back up the concepts and that whilst the "sell" is that "this is what Google does" the examples are from smaller businesses too.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

NA

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No typical business book you read take in apply and come back to it

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  • stuart
  • 04-26-16

Brilliant!

Fantastic insight into how People Operations can help your business. I wish more companies applied logic like this.

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  • Eric S. Doms
  • 04-19-16

Sounds too much like PR for Google

Although I liked the enthusiasm of Laszlo, I felt that this was too much of an advert for Google & why you should work at or like Google.

I would not recommend it for entrepreneurs, but more for people wanting to improve their work environment within the corporate sphere.

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  • Paul
  • 02-26-16

A Game Changer

I was skeptical about this book to begin with, after many years as a technology leader, at many diverse companies, I have developed a general dislike and distrust of "HR". I am pleased beyond words to say that Mr Bock has completely turned my view on it's head. I am excited to take the lessons from this book and explore them in the context of the company I work at now.

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  • mp
  • 11-13-15

An excellent book.👍

Highly recommend to anyone . A perfect description of the culture and leadership in Google. Love it

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  • Chris
  • 05-08-15

Engaging and insightful

What was one of the most memorable moments of Work Rules!?

The elements of the book that cover how independent and active the Googlers are at self organising a better environment for themselves was real food for thought

What about Laszlo Bock’s performance did you like?

Laszlo is funny, smart and engaging throughout. His delivery is lighthearted and allows you to absorb interesting and sometimes complex ideas easily with anecdotes and simple examples

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  • Mr J Phan
  • 09-03-16

Disapointing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I don't know, I work in this kind of environment so I don't find it inspiring since I already understood lot of the things that happen in this book in my office.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The fact that they only hire top talent based on their reputation.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance wasn't the issue. The material was very standard for a tech company and it just showed throughs.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

I have worked i startup, mega cooperation as a coder/programer and an operation engineer. Devops manager now and quiet frankly this is now standard in our industry. Guess the book was great before most of the idea's were well known in the industry, however now I would be surprised if they weren't.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-06-18

Every person who can influence HR in their organisation should read this

Laszlo has done a wonderful job of sharing the practices that have made Google a fantastic place to work and a better organisation because of it. He highlights that it is not the perks that make google a great place to work but the emotional intelligence, use of data, opportunity and transparency afforded to their staff that makes the difference. This book is helpful not just for HR but also for managers at eliciting better feedback and making people feel more valued in an organisation.

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  • Sarah
  • 06-04-17

Inspiring!

A must read for every manager or anyone who would like to make a difference to their workplace.

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  • Tampil
  • 02-19-17

Great read!

Very interesting read. It gives various example to use even if you are not at HR.

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  • Ronn
  • 10-13-16

Awe inspiring.

Put together like a jigsaw puzzle. All makes sense but yet so hard for most to attain. It embodies the self actualisation of hr.

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  • "zyst"
  • 10-08-16

Great book. Really resonated with me.

Great engaging book read well. I work for a fortune 500 and gave me some insight to the quirky things our global HR team get up to. Saw the value in what they did at Google. How fortune 500's try to clone it, but fail in the execution and the essence of what they did at google.

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  • David Di SIpio
  • 04-13-16

This book makes work rule!

I work in HR and found this book as a good resource to add to the toolkit. Must read if in HR!