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"Happywork is an avant-garde fable about all the absolutely worst companies you could ever imagine rolled into one. Believe me, if you have an issue with your workplace, it's in here. But as you may have guessed from the title, this is an upbeat book. Chris Reimer does a fabulous job of laying out the principles for making work a decent -- nay, a great -- place to be." 
--Daniel H. Pink, New York Times Bestselling author of To Sell is Human and Drive


"In this wisdom-filled, compelling story, we learn why team members who genuinely and authentically feel good about themselves, their work, and their contribution make not only for an inspiring workplace, but results in a significant increase in a company's bottom line. Every leader - and those who desire to be effective leaders - should own this book, devour its contents, and keep it as a resource. You'll want to make sure you have access to 'Charlie' for those times you need a trusted mentor to remind you of these valuable lessons."
--Bob Burg, co-author of The Go-Giver

"At the end of the day, if you're not happy with what you're doing for a living, you won't love it, and when you don't love what you do, you can't do it to the best of your ability. Read this book, and learn to work happy."
--Peter Shankman, Author of Zombie Loyalists and Nice Companies Finish First, and all-around happy guy

"Commitments are at the heart of Happywork, and I'm fully behind Chris Reimer's concept. I wish more businesses were this happy."
--Chris Brogan, CEO Owner Media Group and New York Times bestselling author of The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth


"The values of the business world are slowly changing, but they need to change more quickly. In my experience, a more satisfying life should be priority #1. Read this book and make the change you want to see."
--John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing and Duct Tape Selling

"The brilliance of Happywork is the clarity it brings to business challenge #1 - finding fulfillment at work."
--Dave Gray, founder of XPLANE, and author of The Connected Company

"Storytelling is the basis for great marketing and connection. Chris employs it here to great effect, helping us to understand the 'why' and 'how' of changing a business culture to create an environment that leads to happiness and success."
--Ted Rubin, bestselling author of Return on Relationship

"An entertaining book that will leave you inspired and ready to create a work environment that people will thrive in."
--John Michael Morgan, author of Brand Against The Machine

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Meet Sam Maslow, turnaround specialist. Sam is a successful freelance consultant whose reputation strikes fear into the hearts of lazy employees everywhere. He is confident that he can fix any business - until he goes to Vunorri Inc., a manufacturing company facing foreclosure. By the end of his 30-day contract, the typically cool-headed Sam is riddled with self-doubt and overcome with emotion. The hard lessons he learns at Vunorri will change his life forever.

Delivered with wit and packed with profound sentiment, Happywork offers you the truth - the way we work is broken, our priorities are out of order, and now is the time to push for vast, decisive changes in our lives.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sound Wisdom (February 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0768405319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0768405316
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I remember a prof in grad school telling us that happy employees aren’t always productive, but productive employee are typically happy. My academic background is in the field of organizational psychology (behavior, development and leadership) and I’ve always been a student of systems and design. My career has allowed me to work for large corporations and small startups and I’ve frequently been the guy brought in to fix, heal, correct, build or stabilize a company or organization. I enjoy it and I am pretty damn good at it. Want to know my secret? Start at the top…start with the guy (or lady) who brought you in in the first place. Some leaders have vision, some are even good at execution, but few are good at building a productive, meaningful, sustainable and effective community of employees. Few can build good companies. Many build toxic places full of weak-ass good intentions.

In Happywork, Chris takes us inside the most dysfunctional company I’ve ever witnessed. It is like a collection of the worst case studies ever assembled. At first this is distracting. But a distraction isn’t always a bad thing. The style of the book lends itself to useful distractions. These no-way-this-would-ever-happen moments move the story along as tension builds. Chris paints a picture of a company where employees are not even close to being productive or happy. In fact, it seems like neither happiness or productivity are part of the company’s DNA. But things are not always as they seem…

I know many people have felt unhappy at work. Chris knows it too and that is why this book is so important. The trouble is that people look at the surface and make judgement calls about the true DNA of a company.
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I love inspirational business books - I mean, what's not to like about thousands of dollars worth of help and advice from those who've been there, done that and got the t-shirt (or in Chris's case, sold a few in his time) - all for less than a couple of trips to Starbucks?

The debut book by by ex-CPA and ex-t-shirt mogul turned social media and marketing guru Chris Reimer, "Happywork" isn't your average business self help book, with page after page of 'when I was at X we did Y, and that's how I got rich and lived happily ever after'. Instead, it's an addictive and engaging story of possibly the most dysfunctional company you could ever imagine - and the efforts of one man to save it from certain disaster. How dysfunctional? Imagine Office Space meets Horrible Bosses, and you're about 10% of the way there.

With a cast of characters we can all relate to, you'll quickly find yourself absorbed in the plot - the highs, the lows, the twists, the turns - but at the same time you'll benefit from Chris's fresh new thinking for solving some of the most challenging workplace issues. If that wasn't enough, the book also contains the Happywork Agreement - a workplace code of conduct with 46 'commitments' designed to bring employees - from entry level to board level - together as a team.

You'll smile, you'll laugh, and you may even find yourself shouting at the book in frustration. Most of all, however, you'll be inspired and ready to make your workplace a Happywork place.
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Awesome book that uses such a unique approach that I want to see more of! This whole "Business Parable" format Chris uses to explore practical business situations and advice through a fictional story is so. Cool. I really enjoyed it and think it addresses ways to help fix some very serious problems workers are now facing in the American workplace--especially since the recession set in. It wasn't just a good story but a unique experience to read this book and you can too!

I know Chris has a lot more experience and a lot more to say about modern working life and I can't wait to see what he says next.
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Chris Reimer has taken all of the things that could be wrong with the workplace, and combined them into one fictional company. A company full of everything that's wrong with "work". This book hit way too close to home for me, because I feel I worked in an environment that was very similar. You start to see the way Chris has built this scenario, that every small thing we do at work, that is really not better for us as individuals or the company we work at, triggers a chain reaction of dysfunction that becomes a cyclical pattern of unhappiness.

Fixing things that hinder a successful company have to come from both sides. The way Chris sets up the discovery that consultant Sam Maslow goes through while interviewing the employees of Vunorri Inc., you honestly could not see how such a torn-apart company could recover. But when a commitment is made from both sides, an agreement to change some very simple things, a positive chain reaction occurs, that "magically" benefits everyone. The reality is, as this book points out, it's not "magic." It's a way for both employees and employers to change some fundamental things that will improve lives and business. This is a fun read that makes it easy for anyone to improve the "work" situation. Indeed, some simple changes, and a bit of respect can make things better for all sides.
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