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*Read Pdf ⛎ Lab Rats: Why Modern Work Makes People Miserable Í Personality tests Team building exercises Forced Fun Desktop surveillance Open plan offices Acronyms Diminishing job security Hot desking Pointless perks HackathonsIf any of the above sound familiar, welcome to the modern economy In this hilarious, but deadly serious book, bestselling author Dan Lyons looks at how the world of work has slowly morphed from one of unions and steady career progression to a dystopia made of bean bags and unpaid internships And that s the good jobsWith the same wit that made Disrupted an international bestseller, Lyons shows how the hypocrisy of Silicon Valley has now been exported globally to a job near you Even low grade employees are now expected to view their jobs with a cult like fervour, despite diminishing prospects of promotion From the gig economy to the new digital oligarchs, Lyons deliciously roasts the new work climate, while asking what can be done to recoup some sanity and dignity for the expanding class of middle class serfs I was not a fan of Disrupted, but Lab Rats really impressed me Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory I particularly liked his four point summary in the introduction it frames the rest of the book beautifully, and helps the reader keep all the details straight The way he observes that Silicon Valley isinterested in what works for machines than in what works for humans is especially apt, and that compar I was not a fan of Disrupted, but Lab Rats really impressed me Lyons uses concise, accessible language to describe complex concepts without straying into oversimplification territory I particularly liked his four point summary in the introduction it frames the rest of the book beautifully, and helps the reader keep all the details straight The way he observes that Silicon Valley isinterested in what works for machines than in what works for humans is especially apt, and that comparison helps explain why management styles of today prioritize efficiency over employee retention, making us all miserable for no good reason.The only criticism I have is the way Lyons paints the 1980 s tech scene with rose coloured nostalgia Visions of tech CEOs lounging casually in hot tubs, drinking and making deals might seem ideal to some, but Lyons erases women in his recounting, failing to mention that the old tech scene was hostile to women and minorities I nitpick here not just because I think a nuanced summary of the past is important, but also because this hostile, inner circle business style kept so many talented people from averting later disasters and steering Silicon Valley and by extension, the entire western workforce into a better direction.Overall, the book is easy to follow and hard to put down Lyons clear eyed assessments of the way management has been twisted over the years is valuable for any employee, whether they work in the heart of Silicon Valley or on a factory floor I hope that the people with the power to make real change happen read this book and come to understand that without strong teams and a healthy culture, we re not headed anywhere good This is aimportant business book than most people realize In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman s burn out and churn out style of shareholder based business and shows why the model is completely non sustainable.If you ve wondered why you re feeling less valued at work, it s because you are When human beings are treated like copy paper human resources , it s easy to pretend we don t matter Yet, we provide the work that turns the wheels of busi This is aimportant business book than most people realize In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman s burn out and churn out style of shareholder based business and shows why the model is completely non sustainable.If you ve wondered why you re feeling less valued at work, it s because you are When human beings are treated like copy paper human resources , it s easy to pretend we don t matter Yet, we provide the work that turns the wheels of business and, in turn, profits to shareholders.The book s not all bad news Lyons also profiles some businesses, including some venture capitalists, who areinterested in stakeholders than shareholders and, as a result, setting Friedman s style on its ear Businesses based on a social enterprise model do well for themselves, their employees and, ultimately, their shareholders.This is all accomplished in a lively, entertaining and, at times, maddening little book that will open your eyes and make you rethink how you treat your staff It s past time for HR to become Personnel again focused on treating each employee as a person instead of a resource, and Lyons shows the way What use is outrage Outrage is motivating It can be unifying It can even be inspiring With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone other than people you agree with already, or motivate people to participate in a constructive response.This book has an outrage issues.It disappointed me because the things that the author is outraged about are, well, ou What use is outrage Outrage is motivating It can be unifying It can even be inspiring With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone other than people you agree with already, or motivate people to participate in a constructive response.This book has an outrage issues.It disappointed me because the things that the author is outraged about are, well, outrageous Some examples Hard won improvements to the quality of life of the average person like health insurance, pensions, and weekends , wrestled from the clutches of the greedy rich a generation or two ago at the cost of life and freedom for many, are now being surrendered back to same with hardly a murmur Old school corporations who tried at least sometimes to treat employees like family are being driven out of business by a culture that glorifies exploiting people we re a team, not a family before throwing them aside Work caused nervous breakdowns and suicides barely raise an eyebrow Tech companies using perfectly legal methods avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes to the jurisdictions tending the infrastructure that helps them profit It is a very small consolation that many of the people who benefit most from this newly enhanced war of all against all are themselves too insecure about their own futures to twirl the pointy ends of their villainous mustaches and cackle maniacally nearly as often as they might like This fear that you and your company will be soon under the wheel of the next juggernaut of creative disruption drove and continues to drive the creation of a large assortment of lunatic management theories, each promising to put you in the best position to deal with the scary mysterious future Like many forms of spectacular idiocy, many of these lunatic management theories started off in the distant past as a method that worked somewhere, under some particular set of circumstances However, after the method is filtered through a score of mass market paperbacks, management gurus, and desperately oleaginous management consultants, whatever resemblance the original idea had to sanity has been completely bleached out The author reserves an especially red hot level of loathing for these vendors of snake oil management theories, their Powerpoint presentations, and their particular ability to inspire anxiety in the mid and low level corporate employees whose ability to stay barely ahead of massive student loan and mortgage debt often hinges on their capacity for faking enthusiasm for absurd theory generated tasks The book begins with the author taking a red hot poker figuratively speaking to some poor woman who agreed to meet him to demonstrate apparently free of charge how asking groups of educated grown ups to make a duck out of Legos will somehow improve corporate culture Further examples come at a furious pace throughout the book.To repeat, all of the above is worthy of outrage However, if your outrage causes you to write a book full of outrage plus occasional sarcasm , then you have failed as a writer, because those whose minds you are attempting to change will use your emotional in print outbursts as evidence of unreliability You will seen to be yet another screamer in an age of screaming, and will be disregarded by many people who may otherwise be sympathetic to your argument Have confidence in your readers they can recognize idiocy and injustice when plainly presented.As a result, although I knew the ideas in this book were worthy of attention, I frequently put it aside and it lingered a long time on my Goodreads currently reading shelf as I enjoyed books, some on serious topics, written by authors who did not seem like they were shouting at me off the screen of my ebook reader Part III of this book starts off unpromisingly, with yet another appearance of a conference full of tech bros , who are the author s favorite punching bag throughout the book However, it takes a turn for the better about the time Kindle location 2363 the following quotation appears It turns out that a quiet movement has been taking shape, led by people who see how things have gone wrong and believe that business might be the solution From there, the book quiets down and talks sense starting about location 2415 about what people need from work Trust, pride, and camaraderie and how to get it You get the best work out of people when you treat them with respect From there on, the book is easier reading, because the people and ideas that appear are not worthy of ridicule, so the author can settle down with occasional backsliding to actually telling you interesting things that you don t know, like how companies can be profitable without driving its employees to the verge of suicide or beyond.I received a free electronic advance review copy of this book via Netgalley and Hachette Books Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot com losers are handing out This book will piss you off because it is well researched, points out that way too many tech leaders are flim flam artists and way too many of us are the suckers The result isn t trivial either depression, suicides, divorces all avoidable are the resul Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a bunch of rich dot com losers are handing out This book will piss you off because it is well researched, points out that way too many tech leaders are flim flam artists and way too many of us are the suckers The result isn t trivial either depression, suicides, divorces all avoidable are the result If there is a book that you should read this fall, Lab Rats is it