Why We Work

Why We Work

Book - 2015
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An analysis of the purpose of work in people's lives demonstrates how work operates in American culture and how everyday people can find happiness in the workplace, explaining the importance of career goals.
Why do we work? The question seems so simple, but the answer is surprising, complex, and urgent. We've long been taught that the reason we work is primarily for a paycheck. In fact, we've shaped much of our society to accommodate this belief. Then why are so many people dissatisfied with their work, despite healthy compensation? And why do so many people find immense fulfillment and satisfaction despite working low-paying jobs? Through this investigation of workers from all walks of life, Professor Barry Schwartz dispels this myth. From hospitals to hair salons, auto plants to boardrooms, Schwartz reveals the trends and patterns that lead to happiness in the workplace, ultimately proving that the root of what drives us to do good work can rarely be incentivized, and that the cause of bad work is often an attempt to do just that. How did we get to this tangled place? How do we change the way we work? With great insight and wisdom, this book shows us how to take our first steps toward understanding--and empowering us all to find great work.--Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : TED Books, Simon & Schuster, [2015]
Edition: First TED books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781476784861
1476784868
Branch Call Number: 658.31422/SCHWARTZ
Characteristics: 96 pages ; 19 cm.

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Oct 27, 2016

Clearly written, easy to read, though a bit too short. The bibliography/ suggested further reading list at the back is made useful by adding asterisks to those works that are accessible (no phd in psychology required). Most interesting was the comparative figures on training between Japan and the U.S.A.

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