Work Rules!

by Laszlo Bock


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A pioneering study into the philosophy of work — and a roadmap for attracting the most extraordinary people to your firm and ensuring their success — comes from the visionary leader of Google's innovative People Operations.

 

"We devote more time to work than to everything else in our lives. It is not acceptable for the workplace experience to be so demotivating and degrading." As former head of People Operations at the firm that revolutionized how the world interacts with knowledge, Laszlo Bock, puts it.

 

Work Rules! is based on this understanding, and it's a fascinating and unexpectedly amusing manifesto that includes teachings like:

  • Take away the authority of managers over their staff.
  • Learn from your best—and worst—employees.
  • No matter how long it takes to locate them, only hire people who are smarter than you.
  • Pay inequitably (it's more equitable!)
  • Don't rely on your instincts: Data can be used to forecast and affect the future.
  • Set the default to open, and be transparent and receptive to feedback.
  • You haven't gone far enough if you're satisfied with the level of autonomy you've given your employees.

 

Work Rules! also provides teaching examples from a variety of industries, including lauded companies that happen to be horrible places to work and lesser-known companies that achieve spectacular results by valuing and listening to their employees, based on the latest behavioral economics research and a deep understanding of human psychology. Bock takes us inside one of history's most explosively successful businesses to reveal why Google is consistently rated as one of the best places to work in the world, distilling 15 years of intensive worker R&D into principles that are simple to implement, whether you're a team of one or a team of thousands.

 

Work Is Everything! demonstrates how to create a balance between creativity and organization, resulting in success that can be measured both in terms of quality of life and market share. Read it to learn how to develop a stronger company from the ground up rather than from the top down, and to rediscover your passion for what you do.

 


About the Author

Laszlo Bock is in charge of Google's personnel function, which encompasses all aspects of attracting, developing, and retaining 'Googlers,' who number over 50,000 and work in seventy offices around the world. His ground-breaking methods have changed the way Silicon Valley attracts the best talent on the planet. During his time at Google, the company has been recognized as an exemplary employer over 100 times, including being named the #1 Best Company to Work For in the United States and sixteen other countries. Laszlo has served on President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board and the Office of Personnel Management, and has been published in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, PBS Newshour, and The Today Show.


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