An exploration of how workers and employers across America, and around the world, are finding new ways of working that make people happier and more productive while making companies more profitable. This is a book that aims to reshape our entire relationship to the office.
Some suggestions are simple ... Others are complicated and far-reaching, like to create real trust throughout an organization and to make child care a national priority, with a living wage for child care workers. Near its end, the book takes a turn toward self-help ... a well-researched, timely and mostly persuasive book that asks both workers and managers to reimagine the concept of work in a post-pandemic world.
Warzel and Petersen have written a book filled with unremarkable conclusions. 'The spread of laptops, the internet and smart devices [has] made work all the more portable,' they write, offering a history of the present that adds nothing new to the most exhaustively reported workplace ... They have ideas for small, specific changes, some of which, like their advice on videoconferencing...is literal window-dressing. Their bigger proposals are smart and compassionate ... Some of their suggested fixes will be obvious to anyone who’s ever held a job ... Warzel and Petersen caution that faddish new tech platforms won’t fix everything—but then they recommend some faddish new tech platforms ... Like other writers trying to shape the future of labor, Warzel and Petersen pepper their text with lessons learned from workplace books that time has forgotten. Theirs will soon join that list.
Warzel and Petersen's proposal is intriguing, but it will require a mighty shift in mindset among organizational leaders to bring it to fruition ... Will appeal to company leaders looking for new organizational models and workers looking to advocate for change in their organizations.