- File Size: 5031 KB
- Print Length: 265 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (January 17, 2019)
- Publication Date: January 17, 2019
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07D1GX76Z
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Joy of Work: The No.1 Sunday Times Business Bestseller – 30 Ways to Fix Your Work Culture and Fall in Love with Your Job Again Kindle Edition
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Most focus on driving success factors such as performance, productivity, efficiency, growth.
Very few focus on whether any of it makes us any happier.
This is that book.
Better than that, it provides plausible, real-world ideas that you can employ in your own workplace to make things more fun. Layer in on top of that the fact that the ideas come bound with a convincing level of evidence behind them and the fact that the whole thing is written in a very accessible style and you find yourself beliveing that you CAN deploy these concepts in your environment.
Daisley does bring the back-up that all of this can lead to additional performance gains and business benefit, but you sense that isn't his primary mission here. The competitive gains are a consequence not the momentum. He actually believes work can be a better place. If you check out his background and his podcast history, it looks like he's pretty well qualified to make this case - he's a successful guy and he's done his homework on this subject, interviewing some of the world's foremost work-psychologists, gurus and researchers.
I can’t say I will be able to implement all of his recommendations (there are plenty), my organisation isn’t ready for all of it (yet), but I have already made use of several elements of his 'New Work Manifesto' and I can vouch for the fact it isn’t just theoretical.
Without question the best business book I’ve picked up in many years.
Divided into three sections - Recharge, Sync and Buzz - Bruce helpfully summarises with practical tips and reminders of key points. I’ll be keeping my copy close to hand.
Such sensible (yet never boring) advice about how to get your work life on track. Using 3 key themes (Recharge, Sync and Buzz) The Joy of Work breaks down the lessons Bruce Daisley has learned throughout his career, with added ‘science bit’ back up by research.
You don’t have to have fallen out of love with your work to find this book useful. If anything it made me realise how fortunate I am to work in an organisation and team where we already support many of the ways of working Bruce suggests. If anything this book made me more determined to make sure we never stop learning and growing.
I have my fingers crossed that Bruce Daisley will be a future speaker at Comms Unplugged, a development retreat for public sector communiticators in need of some wisdom and wellbeing... away from WiFi!
The joy of work shows a different path. In this book, Bruce Daisley synthesises years of academic research into incredibly practical ways to improve your own experience (recharge) and the team you are in (or run) (sync and buzz).
Followers of the podcast Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat (also by Bruce) will recognise many of the stories, but what Bruce has done is consider these studies again, and developed pragmatic ways of implementing them. What the book does is to turn interesting ideas and findings into concrete actions that do not require senior manager approval to implement. In this way (particularly the sync and buzz sections) this book has the promise of improving work straight away.
I would be amazed if anyone who read this book didn't change something about how they work, or the way the team they are in works. I have literally created a checklist of things to do over the next 6 months after reading this over the course of a weekend (not recommended - I should have read this in work time). Also - there will be copies of this book making their way to my colleagues desk. I cannot recommend it enough.
The book is perfect for anyone who wants to improve their own working lives and is packed to the brim with ideas to try out that can be applied personally, such as reclaiming your lunch break, or in teams such as halving your meetings.
I'm sure you'll find plenty of stories and studies in here that you'll be able to apply to your own workplace and will help you to learn to love your job again!
He does this in an open and persuasive conversational style you will want to share.
This book will change how you think about what efficiency really is and how effectiveness should be fun.
You will be itching to put it into practice from chapter one.
In fact, even if you quite like your job but feel there's something else to make it better, read this book.
Packed with anecdotes, tips, genuine research and topped off with Bruce Daisley's cheerful, readable prose, The Joy Of Work is - as the title suggests - an utter joy.
If you read this and still end up complaining that your job sucks, you must be mad.
Not only insightful but you will laugh too.
Inspiring and a must-read for anyone who values their daily 9 to 5 happiness.
Is there a sequel?
Also his tribute to the late and much loved and highly regarded Twitter Marketing Manager Lucy Mosley was very touching. It's really important to try and love where you work. If you don't, this book might help change that. A great read. Would highly recommend!