Author: Bruce Daisley
Publisher: Harper One
Release Date: February 25, 2020
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
If you’ve reached the point of burnout in your career or just don’t find it fulfilling, this book gives some tips to rediscover joy in your job.
Bruce Daisley, vice president of Twitter Europe and host of the podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat, delves into why people no longer find fulfillment in their careers. It can range from many different things including company culture to management expectations to personal burnout. So, how does one rediscover joy in their job? Daisley breaks this down into three different areas: recharge, sync, and buzz. Most of these items are for personal ownership and common sense. Recharge includes measures as ditching long meetings for short walking meetings as the endorphins created by exercise will give you a boost throughout the day. Other recharges including getting a goodnight sleep and shortening the work week. Syncs are more of a company approach that suggest noncompany social times, knowing when to encourage people and when to leave them alone, and letting divisions take breaks and lunches together so that they can develop cohesiveness. Lastly, buzzes focus on how to energize a team. These items include making work seem like problem solving exercises instead of mundane activity and removing outside electronics from meetings to have the full team attention. Whatever the need, there is likely a subject that touches on it in this book.
Overall this book was an enjoyable read. Several of the items within it are common to other business books as well. I did enjoy getting to see the view of American work culture from the European perspective. I knew that several companies expect their employees to work long hours in order to move up the ladder, but it was alarming to discover how many different fields this occurs in. My favorite part may have been when it talked about how you can’t create company culture, it has to happen organically. So, if a company has a group dedicated to creating company culture, it has already failed. There was some foul language in this book as a result of some direct quotes, but otherwise was pretty clean. If you enjoy books on making employees feel empowered, then this one is for you.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.