Work Rules!

Work Rules!

Insights From Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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""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: Take away managers' power over employees Learn from your best employees - and your worst Only hire people who are smarter than you are, no matter how long it takes to find them Pay unfairly (it's fairer!) Don't trust your gut: use data to predict and shape the future Default to open: be transparent, and welcome feedback If you're comfortable with the amount of freedom you've given your employees, you haven't gone far enough 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. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Twelve,, 2015
ISBN: 9781478986232
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Mar 05, 2018

This is a great book that complements “How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt. Narrated from the perspective of the head of Google’s of People Operations, the text offers insights on how to build and transform how a company works though its more important asset: its people. Even if you are not into People Operations, I’d recommend you this book to have a different perspective on how to build and develop a team.

May 12, 2017

Really interesting read. I didn't think I'd like a book about how a company works, I usually like to know about the people who run it and their stories but having the facts and data and analysis is what made it so interesting. They don't just say what they did they show the steps into getting where they wanted to be and the impact it made, saving the failures for its own chapter just to show they aren't perfect. If you want to learn why freedom and choice trumps locking things down and micromanaging this does it in an easily digestible way that doesn't get too bogged down in jargon. the audio book is equally well read by the author as I listened to it to and from work and read the physical book during my lunch breaks.

Dec 01, 2016

Very good insight into what one of the more cutting-edge 'People' departments is doing. Some of the programs stem from having the best and brightest, while others are easily transferable to a small to medium sized business. Good, easy read and some valuable takeaways!

Jul 14, 2016

An iteration of what I already do on a smaller scale. And while I know the book was about Google, I got a little tired of hearing about it!

Nov 14, 2015

I found this superb. Great ideas. Thoughtful, data-driven stuff. The benefit of trying new management ideas at google is that new strategies can be tested with a subset of employees, which can be a very large number of people. Google has the skills and resources to set up experiments thoughtfully, and the sample sizes to tell when something has made a difference. So it's one of the best data-driven people-management books I've read. I recommend it.

Apr 16, 2015

Work Rules is written by Laszlo Bock, who is V.P People Operations(HR) at Google. If you always wondered why Google is consistently rated the best employer and why employees rave about Google this is the book for you. Work Rules is a a no holds barred account of Google's philosophies and practices. Any manager who wants to encourage his or her team will find all he/she needs to know in this book. This book will become a classic.


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