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Happywork: A Business Parable About the Journey to Teamwork, Profit, and Purpose Paperback – February 17, 2015
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"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."
"Commitments are at the heart of Happywork, and I'm fully behind Chris Reimer's concept. I wish more businesses were this happy."
"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."
"The brilliance of Happywork is the clarity it brings to business challenge #1 - finding fulfillment at work."
"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."
"An entertaining book that will leave you inspired and ready to create a work environment that people will thrive in."
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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Happywork – A Business Parable about the Journey to Teamwork, Profit, and Purpose
By: Chris Reimer
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If you work in corporate America, you NEED to read this book! I saw so much of my company in this story that I wondered if the author based it on us and just changed the name of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Collin K
An inspirational book about culture, engagement, teamwork and most of all fulfillment in your profession, no matter what role in the organization. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tim
As someone who has worked for a lot of companies, and quite a few not-so-great ones, I got chills in a few segments of this book when I could relate to a specific work place... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michelle Marcus
When I entered the nonprofit arena 10+ years ago, I thought I was embarking on a career path that would bypass the traumas of the corporate world portrayed in Happywork. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Karen Shoulders
The only negative is how long I waited to read this book. Happywork is a great story about what we should take away from our work and how we should go about doing great work. Read morePublished 12 months ago by CoryB23
We've all been there... a job that we struggle through, with less-than-ideal co-workers, just for the paycheck. We all wished for better circumstances. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mocainam
Good information presented in an interesting format. This is an easy read and has several good ideas for implementation into a real business.Published 12 months ago by Ken Majors