Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead

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From the visionary head of Google's innovative People Operations comes a groundbreaking inquiry into the philosophy of work -- and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and ensuring that they succeed.

"We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It's not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing." So says Laszlo Bock, former head of People Operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge.

This insight is the heart of Work Rules!, a compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto that offers lessons including:

  • Take away managers' power over employees
  • Learn from your best employees-and your worst
  • Hire only people who are smarter than you are, no matter how long it takes to find them
  • Pay unfairly (it's more fair!)
  • Don't trust your gut: Use data to predict and shape the future
  • Default to open-be transparent and welcome feedback
  • If you're comfortable with the amount of freedom you've given your employees, you haven't gone far enough.

Drawing on the latest research in behavioral economics and a profound grasp of human psychology, Work Rules! also provides teaching examples from a range of industries-including lauded companies that happen to be hideous places to work and little-known companies that achieve spectacular results by valuing and listening to their employees. Bock takes us inside one of history's most explosively successful businesses to reveal why Google is consistently rated one of the best places to work in the world, distilling 15 years of intensive worker R&D into principles that are easy to put into action, whether you're a team of one or a team of thousands.

Work Rules! shows how to strike a balance between creativity and structure, leading to success you can measure in quality of life as well as market share. Read it to build a better company from within rather than from above; read it to reawaken your joy in what you do.

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110 reviews
Wayne Alleyne
August 20, 2015
I never thought I would read book about HR, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. My current job is about as far from this work atmosphere as one can get, but I still find myself identifying areas I could implement these rules given a chance. I can only hope to someday work for a company that operates like this, or start my own company and apply these rules myself.
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Trevor Bryant
January 22, 2020
Really incredible book. It talks about People and Operations, or Human Resources, yet it has so many fundamental principles that transfer to all other areas of leadership. This book taught me to value of metrics, people, culture, and teamwork.
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Christopher Oden
April 17, 2015
Really enjoyed this book, and quite the interesting read to see how management helps to make their employee's better at a pace that is stunning among other companies who seem to struggle to do the same. Thank you for the lessons in this book Mike!
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About the author

Laszlo Bock led Google's people function, responsible for attracting, developing, retaining, and delighting "Googlers." Bock's earlier experience spans executive roles at the General Electric Company, management consulting at McKinsey & Company, start-ups, non-profits, and acting.

During Bock's tenure, Google was named the Best Company to Work For more than thirty times around the world and received more than 100 awards as an employer of choice. In 2010, he was named Human Resources Executive of the Year by Human Resources Executive magazine.

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