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Lab Rats: Why Modern Work Makes People Miserable Hardcover – 7 January 2019
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A lively and spirited takedown... Its core argument is surely irrefutable. ― Guardian
Entertaining ― The Economist
Lyons is very funny journalist... Much of his polemic rings true. ― FT
Lab Rats defies easy description. I sputtered laughing and choked crying (literally, not figuratively) as I read it. Yes, Lyons gives Silicon Valley the thrashing that it, alas, largely deserves. But in the final third of the book, he offers us an effectively illustrated way out - an approach to work and business that puts people first. ― Tom Peters, bestselling author of In Search of Excellence
Entertaining... A worthwhile and disturbing read. ― Sunday Business Post
Funny and frightening. ― The Sunday Post
Skewering corporate jargon, management science and, worst of all, enforced fun, Lyons' waggish jeremiad lays out how the world of work has changed for the worse. ― Tatler
Laugh-out-loud funny ― Newsweek on DISRUPTED
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- Publisher : Atlantic; Main edition (7 January 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1786493926
- ISBN-13 : 978-1786493927
- Dimensions : 16 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
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I have to warn that Dan spares no opportunity to criticise Milton Friedman, and Ayn Rand and capitalism in general, in this book and the left slant is quite visible. That being said, even for a conservative, free market capitalist like me, it is much too easy to draw parallels between the examples he provides of modern workplace maladies like open office hotdesking, presenteeism, and other attempts at dehumanising the workforce, and my own experiences in the 12 years I've been working in the corporate environment.
The example of the New York livery driver challenged many of my preconceived notions about workers and the move from technology assisted living to technological lives.
Overall I would highly recommend this book. It's a great read.
This is a terrific takedown of a grow-at-all-costs culture that has infected big tech and is bleeding its way into other industries, taking a horrendous human toll as it does so, uncaring about the fact even where it shows the self-awareness necessary to consider it..
There is an emerging voice, gaining both confidence and reach, which says genuinely putting people at the core of your business and treating them well is the engine of sustainable, long term businesses. Jobs that pay well, are secure and provide the kind of environment where you want to spend half your waking hours.
Ought to be required reading for anybody considering any kind of business education - necessary, contrarian (relative to much modern thinking on company culture, growth, etc) and in places, laugh out loud funny.