Lab Rats: Tech Gurus, Junk Science, and Management Fads?My Quest to Make Work Less Miserable

by Lyons, Dan (Author)

ISBN: 9780316561877

New York Times bestselling author Dan Lyons exposes how the new oligarchs of Silicon Valley have turned technology into a tool for oppressing workers in this passionate (Kirkus) and darkly funny (Publishers Weekly) examination of workplace culture.

A Guardian Best Book of 2019 An Inc. Magazine Best Business Book of 2018

At a time of soaring corporate profits and plenty of HR lip service about wellness, millions of workers--in virtually every industry--are deeply unhappy. Why did work become so miserable? Who is responsible? And does any company have a model for doing it right?

For two years, Lyons ventured in search of answers. From the innovation-crazed headquarters of the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, to a cult-like Holocracy workshop in San Francisco, and to corporate trainers who specialize in ... Legos, Lyons immersed himself in the often half-baked and frequently lucrative world of what passes for management science today. He shows how new tools, workplace practices, and business models championed by tech's empathy-impaired power brokers have shattered the social contract that once existed between companies and their employees. These dystopian beliefs--often masked by pithy slogans like We're a Team, Not a Family--have dire consequences: millions of workers who are subject to constant change, dehumanizing technologies--even health risks.

A few companies, however, get it right. With Lab Rats, Lyons makes a passionate plea for business leaders to understand this dangerous transformation, showing how profit and happy employees can indeed coexist. W.W. Norton & Affiliates - Winter 2020 Combined Catalog

Format: Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Hachette Books, October 2019

Product Dimensions: 8.3 L × 5.5 W × 0 H

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