The Joy of Work - Bruce Daisley
I first read The Joy of Work earlier this year having seen Bruce Daisley speak at a conference in London. I subsequently discovered his podcast 'Eat, Sleep, Work Repeat' and found it a revelation for learning about why organisations behave in the way they do. His book is equally enlightening and I find myself constantly referring back to it for inspiration.
I would describe it as the culture book for people who may not see themselves as being able to change culture. Aimed less at executive leaders and more at anyone in an organisation who feels helpless to change the way things are done.
It's a beacon of light to those who perceive they have neither the authority nor the remit to make meaningful change.
The title is a giveaway to what this book is also about. And that is finding happiness at work.
A Gallup poll in 2018 tells us that 8% of employees in the UK are engaged in their jobs.
Is it possible that we are doing something wrong? Bruce certainly seems to think so, and after reading his book, I'm completely convinced as well.
To call 'The Joy of Work' a compendium of workplace hacks does it a bit of a disservice.
Each of the 30 tactics has been well researched and can be deployed by anyone in an organisation and with immediate effect. Some of my favourites are ways to avoid task switching, silent meetings, having a "no fly zone" email time, dealing with interruptions and admitting when you messed up.
t's not just a "how-to", the book draws upon rich examples from Business, Sport and Healthcare. And even though the book was published before the Coronavirus pandemic, there's a nod to the benefits of flexible working practices including some really interesting case studies.
I found the book witty, really fun to read, highly practical and with enough flesh on the bones to compel you to experiment in your own workplace.
A couple of linked footnotes
The podcast: Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat