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“This book captures one of the most important challenges facing companies today. No matter the size of the company, the engagement of the employee base is critical to success. Tracy Brower expertly explores how leaders can look at all aspects of the work/life conundrum and how they can create solutions that have great impact on people, the workplace, and the ultimate positive return that can be produced. This should be recommended reading for anyone who is truly interested in having an engaged employee population.”
—Lisa Brummel, chief people officer, Microsoft

“As the industrial corporate ladder gives way to a digital-age lattice, resetting the career-life fit agenda is essential. Brower sharpens our grasp of this elusive though vital topic, offering pragmatic, accessible solutions.”
—Cathy Benko, vice chairman and managing principal, Deloitte LLP, and best-selling author of Mass Career Customization and The Corporate Lattice

“Tracy Bower asks us the most important question we can imagine about our work: Can our work be brought to life? The simple answer, of course, is yes, and we do it by bringing our life to work and honoring both. But simple is never easy. Know that by applying the lessons in her book, you are contemplating one of the most arduous journeys, and perhaps the most rewarding.”
—Richard Sheridan, CEO and chief storyteller, Menlo Innovations, and author of Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love

“Brower has nailed it with very clear ideas, compelling stories, and a wonderful combination of theory, research, and practice. Brower brings together unique knowledge and experience for great impact. This is a must-read.”
—Xavier Unkovic, global president, Mars Drinks

“Everyone experiences blurring boundaries of work and life. Brower cleverly and clearly shows that integration of work and life through abundance, alignment, and adaptation will be good for people, organizations, and communities. Her ideas are fresh and recommendations grounded. Her work helps leaders lead, architects design, and employees work in the integrated organization of the future.”
—Dave Ulrich, PhD, professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, member of the board of directors of Herman Miller Inc., and author of eighteen books on human resources

“This is the next great advance in management: work-life integration. Tracy Brower’s powerful insights provide a clear and implementable guide managers can use to put employees first and improve organizational performance.”
—Paul J. Zak, author of The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity

“Tracy Brower’s new book is a tour de force of inspiring, yet practical ideas for bringing humanity to your workplace. It is guaranteed to make you rethink the way that life and work can be integrated. Hint: If you are a CEO or HR leader, you ignore this book at your peril! You probably won't survive the decade without adding these ideas to your repertoire.”
—Dan Denison, PhD, professor of organization and management, IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland, and co-author of Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations

“Tracy has an amazing wealth of knowledge and experience that she has captured and synthesized into a highly readable and thought provoking book. This is not just another book that inspires you but leaves you wondering how to apply what you have learned. It is the perfect blend of theory and practical strategies to help you cope with the changing world of work.”
—Cynthia Kay, author of Small Business for Big Thinkers: Unconventional Strategies to Connect With and Win Big Business, and owner of Cynthia Kay and Company

“Tracy has the rare ability to deliver profound uncommon sense in an increasingly hectic world full of supposed quick fixes and silver bullets. We don’t so much have a work life and a personal life . . . we have a life. And Tracy clearly shows how to add as much value to our lives and by extension, the lives of the people we’re fortunate to work with. Tracy’s book should be required reading for everyone entering the business world.”
—Kevin Knebl, international speaker, author, trainer, and coach

“Tracy has provided a clear roadmap and makes the business case for a new way of managing that will help leaders bring a more civilized environment to the workplace. Her book isn’t just a philosophical treatise on today’s work-life demands, but is based on extensive research with hundreds of executives. In the clutter of new wave business books, this is one to read and use.”
—Karen Bates Kress, president, Yellowstone Park Foundation

“Work-life integration and time poverty are global challenges. Brower’s clear ideas and compelling stories provide both direction and inspiration for companies across the globe. Her pragmatic recommendations allow you to tap into energy, enthusiasm, and abundance to transform your organization and drive performance. This is a pioneering book that delivers.”
—K. H. Moon, president, New Paradigm Institute of Korea, member of the Drucker Institute advisory board, former member of the Korean National Assembly, and past chairman and CEO of Yuhan-Kimberly

“This is a great playbook for leaders that want to build high performing organizations through cultures leveraging work life supports and driving exceptional employee engagement. This is not just theory. We put into action many of the ideas outlined in this wonderful guide during a significant office tower makeover. Our results were outstanding and we succeeded in bringing work to life.”
—Sue Ortenstone, SVP and chief human resources officer at CenterPoint Energy and previously EVP and chief administrative officer at El Paso Corporation

About the Author

Tracy Brower, PhD is an expert in organizational effectiveness and the sociology of work - how humans affect their work-life and how their work-life affects them. She has worked with hundreds of organizations over her career, as senior advisor to a who's who list of companies and the executives who run them. Tracy currently is the Director of Performance Environments at Herman Miller, Inc. She leads teams specializing in helping companies create living offices. Tracy's career includes experience in a wide range of industries, non-profits, higher education institutions, and healthcare organizations. Her expertise spans HR, OD, real estate/facilities, workplace, change management, organizational culture, TPS, and organizational effectiveness. Tracy has written for "Area Development, The Drucker Institute, The Leader," and more. She has been quoted in "The Wall Street Journal," MMQB, Green Source, and others. Tracy has also taught university courses, and in addition to her PhD she holds a Master's of Management degree. She is a member of CoreNet Global and the American Sociological Association. She is an executive advisor to MSU's Arts + the Innovative Workplace project as well as UCLA's CityLAB.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bibliomotion (September 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629560030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629560038
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Tracey Brower's book Bring Work to Life by Bringng Life to Work effectively demonstrates how organizations can both engage their people and drive results. As a newer leader to an exisiting organization I found the book very insightful on how to redirect the organization by focusing on integrating work and life with employee engagement and in turn improving organizational performance.This book is easy, compelling reading with examples that help as a leader put into action ideas that will produce results. It will provide you with a critical perspective on your organization that will lead to success.
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Very readable, substantive guide for leaders and anyone interested in creating great places to work for their employees and for colleagues. The information and advice is pragmatic .. lots of great examples. If you want to help your organization be the kind of place where employees can find balance and opportunities for engagement, you'll find this to be a great read.
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Every one of us has struggled to find the elusive work-life balancing act. In the later afternoon meeting that runs too long and threatens to keep us from our child's recital or from dinner with our spouse. As technology and a global economy blurs the line between work and the rest of our life in a non-stop 24/7 culture where only profit and quarterly results matter. Yet we all know that what motivates us to do our best work goes well beyond the bottom line. If we risk losing the humanity of our organizations then we risk the engagement of our people. So, do we focus on profits or people? Brower adeptly points out that it's not zero sum. At the end of the day engaging employees drives bottom line results.

Brower's book effectively demonstrates how organizations can both engage their people and drive results, It sounds simple, but it is the greatest challenge facing the modern enterprise is providing meaning and purpose for employees, Brower provides recommendations grounded in examples and substantive thinking while presenting them in a way that is straightforward and reasonable for companies to implement.

If your agenda as a leader includes driving employee engagement and the preservation of purpose and passion in your organization then read Brower's book. It will provide you with a critical perspective on the modern organization that will lead to success in every aspect of your business.
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A must read for business leaders, wellness professionals and anyone interested in creating support for employees in a world where there seems to be a perceived disconnect between life and work. Tracy suggests work-life "integration" rather than work-life "balance" is a key to understanding how these perceptions can be changed, creating flourishing work cultures with engaged, enthusiastic, and committed employees.
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Work-life balance is an idea that was lost on previous generations of business leaders. With the advent of a new work-place climate driven by technology and immediate connectivity options, today's workers find meaning in much more than climbing the corporate ladder. Dr. Brower's book offers business leaders a framework from which to tap into the new employee satisfiers and create a highly effective and rewarding environment. Companies that fail to recognize these irreversible trends are likely to find themselves on the scrapheap of history as their employees, and ultimately their customers will head in a very different direction.

Dr. Jeffrey Wincel, author of: People, Process, and Culture: Lean Manufacturing in the Real World ; and, Lean Supply Chain Management: A Handbook for Strategic Procurement
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Tracy Brower is an accomplished professional, with a very impressive research background. The book is very well constructed, and is both supported by the latest research evidence, as well as very practical examples. It is really recommended for open-minded progressive leaders, who wish to start a culture and mentality shift at their organisations, and put the people in the centre of their strategy. Tracy's favourite quote from the book: "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The Second best time is now!". To hear more from Tracy about the book, and not only, listen to our amazing podcast with her: https://soundcloud.com/theworklifehub/the-worklife-podcast-tracy
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At a time when many organizations are trying to keep pace with the speed of technology and balance the needs of their most valuable resource....their employees, Tracy offers insightful perspective with trends in human response and a range of opportunities to influence a culture of balance and wellbeing. Tools and knowledge that offer short and long term value.
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When I hear that workplaces don't let employees off to attend their child's recital, I cringe. When I hear that women get a paltry 6-8 weeks of maternity leave, I cringe again. When I hear some workplaces are so rigid that they strap their employees to the office and crush creativity and innovation and spirits, I know employers don't see their valuable workforce as people they are in relationship with but a means to an end. NPR, Good Morning America, and other shows need to interview Tracy Brower, author of this important book on work-life supports. That's how vital the topic. Thank you, Tracy, for this valuable contribution. We need a national dialogue on how the workplace can better support the life journey of its employees through each stage of life--young adulthood and marriage, parenting, supporting aging parents, and aging itself. Your global perspective is refreshing. We need your voice. Great research. Great writing. I am excited to recommend this book to everyone.
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