Why We Work

Barry Schwartz (Author)
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Description

An eye-opening, groundbreaking tour of the purpose of work in our lives, showing how work operates in our culture and how you can find your own path to happiness in the workplace.

Why do we work? The question seems so simple. But Professor Barry Schwartz proves that 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 the infrastructure 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 through "menial" jobs? Schwartz explores why so many believe that the goal for working should be to earn money, how we arrived to believe that paying workers more leads to better work, and why this has made our society confused, unhappy, and has established a dangerously misguided system.

Through fascinating studies and compelling anecdotes, this book dispels this myth. Schwartz takes us through hospitals and hair salons, auto plants and boardrooms, showing workers in all walks of life, showcasing the trends and patterns that lead to happiness in the workplace. Ultimately, Schwartz proves 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, Schwartz shows us how to take our first steps toward understanding, and empowering us all to find great work.

Product Details

Price
$16.99  $15.63
Publisher
Simon & Schuster/ Ted
Publish Date
September 01, 2015
Pages
112
Dimensions
5.1 X 0.8 X 7.2 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781476784861

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About the Author

Barry Schwartz is Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action in the psychology department at Swarthmore College. Schwartz has published widely in scholarly journals in the field of learning and motivation. In addition, he is the author of Behaviorism, Science, and Human Nature (with Hugh Lacey), The Battle for Human Nature, and The Costs of Living.

Reviews

"A meaningful look at why we've lost meaning at work, and where we can find it."--Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
"Barry Schwartz has long been one of the most astute -- and compassionate -- observers of American life. In Why We Work, he makes a compelling case for building organizations that run with the grain of human nature rather than against it. If you want to make work more meaningful, for yourself or for your team, you need to read this wise and powerful book."--Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive
"In a masterful book that delivers a deep understanding why we work, Schwartz makes a convincing case that getting the answer wrong bears profound costs for employees and managers in any organization. A highly recommended, thought-provoking read."--Amy Wrsesniewski, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale University
"A delightful, accessible book that glides across centuries of business and industry to reveal the underpinning moral foundations of how and why we work. If you have a job, or hope to have one, read Why We Work"--Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google and author of Work Rules!
"Invoking plenty of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes, and even a bit of Bruce Springsteen, Schwartz's inspiring manifesto forces us to question the very nature of modern-day work... Via fascinating anecdote and plenty of data, the book forcefully claims that how we work isn't working."--HuffPost Books
"A concise 90-page treatise on work that should be required reading for every boss and manager."--Chicago Tribune
"A terse and engaging book...[a] fine book."--Forbes.com