Why We Work by Barry Schwartz

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Read Why We Work Online Free - 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.

Title : Why We Work
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ISBN : 1476784868
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 112 pages


عبدالرحمن rated it ★★★☆☆

September 24, 2015

في البداية استمعت لمحاضرة "باري شوارتز" على موقع TED، وشدّتني فكرته. وأنا من المعجبين بأفكار "شوارتز" وفلسفته الناقدة لواقعنا الإستهلاكي والآلي. ثمّ علمت أنّ هناك كتابًا صغير الحجم له عن ذات الموضوع، فحرصت على قراءته وهذا ما كان بفضل الله وعونه. بدا الكتاب كمحاضرة أكثر تفصيلًا وأكثر امتلاءً بالأمث...

Jeff rated it ★★★☆☆

June 12, 2015

A great tome that recenters thinking about what motivates us to work (it's not about the money). Great analysis on job crafting (going above and beyond the job description) and job efficiency (tamping down on extras, just stick to the work). Finding a bigger purpose, better than pay, a higher pur...

Nikki rated it ★★★★☆

July 13, 2017

I don't read a lot of psychology or business books, but I really appreciated the explorations of why we work undertaken by Barry Schwartz. I feel a lot more equipped to understand my own relationship to work. I may have more to say about this once I've met with my book group about it (in April).

Tomas rated it ★★★★☆

December 22, 2016

This was good. Some really cool ideas (and case studies to support them) were brought forth that will stick with me for a while. I thought the ending could have been better, as I feel like the author could have tried to offer some strategies on how our society could turn around its negative view...

Frank rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 07, 2015

Easy to read in a night. It's mainly a criticism of the modern workplace. According to the author, to enjoy your work, you need, above all else, a higher sense of purpose i.e. your job contributes to making the world a better place. You need to use your skills that you enjoy using, autonomy in de...

Jonathan rated it ★★★★☆

February 17, 2016

Everyone should read this book. Schwartz takes on the fundamental assumptions we, specifically Americans although the doctrine has since spread, make about why people work and what incentivizes us and does so with a clear-eyed assessment which is so often lacking in the common wisdom.

Cyril rated it ★★★★☆

April 05, 2017

Is incentive the key reason for why we work or is their any other reason behind this? Many of times, we may think what we if we never get hungry and had lot of energy - would we still continue working ? if yes - why and if not why. The book narrates, that it is not incentive that trigger the work...

Uyên rated it ★★★★★

November 11, 2017

bằng cách thay đổi suy nghĩ, con người có thể tạo ra ý nghĩa cũng như niềm vui trong công việc hằng ngày.

wly rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2017

3 stars for: its ok 4 stars for: ideas ok, writing ok i wanted to give 3.5. minus point 5 for the rambling anecdote style at the second half of the book. ideas used in this book - incentives (systems thinking) - self fulfilling prophecy (systems thinking) - the danger of ideology in social science - ada...

James rated it ★★★☆☆

January 06, 2016

Interesting extension of the original TED talks. I do like the quote (that was shared with me by Nick Alchin), that is congruent with the message within "why we work' The system which makes no great demands upon originality, upon invention, upon the continuous expression of individuality, works au...

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