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Myths of Work

Myths of Work

The Stereotypes and Assumptions Holding Your Organization Back

Adrian Furnham, Ian MacRae


Takes a fascinating and readable approach to debunking the most pervasive myths about work and the workplace to help you get the most out of your organization.

Available to pre-order from 3rd July 2017
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About the book

Buying a table tennis table will make your staff happier. Working eight hours a day, five days a week, will result in the most productivity. Paying higher salaries will always result in higher motivation. But will it really?

There are a staggering number of myths, stereotypes and out-of-date rules that abound in the workplace. This can make it feel impossible to truly know how to get the most out of your career, your team and your organization. In Myths of Work, Adrian Furnham and Ian Macrae take an entertaining and evidence-based look at the most pervasive myths about our working lives, from the serious to the ridiculous, to give you the insight you need to become a better manager in the modern workplace. Fascinating real life case studies from organizations around the world display the myths (and how to overcome them) in practice.

Myths of Work takes the most up-to-date academic research in business and psychology and combines it with practical insights, a lively writing style and a handy dip-in-and-out structure to form your ultimate guide to becoming a better enlightened manager.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: Working from Home/Flexible Working Reduces Productivity;
    • Chapter - 02: Open Plan Offices are Always the Best Option;
    • Chapter - 03: Ping Pong Tables Will Increase Staff Happiness;
    • Chapter - 04: Pay Should Always Be Kept Confidential;
    • Chapter - 05: Employees Shouldn't Be Allowed to Access Social Media at Work;
    • Chapter - 06: Creating a Google-Style Office Environment Will Make Your Staff More Innovative;
    • Chapter - 07: Music Whilst Working is Distracting;
    • Chapter - 08: Staff Should Work 8 Hour, Monday to Friday, Workdays;
    • Chapter - 09: The Best Way to Motivate Employees is to Pay Them More;
    • Chapter - 10: All Training is Beneficial;
    • Chapter - 11: Workplace Romances are Inappropriate;
    • Chapter - 12: Surveillance at Work Makes Sense;
    • Chapter - 13: High Achievers Always Make Great Managers;
    • Chapter - 14: Annual Appraisals are the Best Way to Measure Performance;
    • Chapter - 15: Someone With a Degree Will Perform Better at Work than Someone Without;
    • Chapter - 16: The Senior Leadership Team Should Have Separate Offices;
    • Chapter - 17: Consultants Always Deliver Benefits;
    • Chapter - 18: There Should Be a Limit to How Much Holiday Employees Can Take;
    • Chapter - 19: 'Fit' is the Most Important Thing to Look for When Hiring;
    • Chapter - 20: Employees Who Work the Longest Hours are Your Most Valuable People;
    • Chapter - 21: HR is Just 'Hiring and Firing';
    • Chapter - 22: Millennials Need a Different Working Culture to Previous Generations;
    • Chapter - 23: The Best People Development Programmes are the Most Expensive;
    • Chapter - 24: HR is Just a Business Cost and Not a Revenue Generator

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749481285
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd October 2017
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 240 pages
  • Series: Myths Series

About the Author

Adrian Furnham is Professor of Psychology at UCL and Adjunct Professor of Management at the Norwegian School of Management. He has written over 1000 scientific papers and 70 books and is among the most well-known psychologists in the world. Adrian is also a newspaper columnist at The Sunday Times. He has written regularly for The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and is a contributor to stations including the BBC, CNN, and ITV.

Ian MacRae is Director of High Potential, an organizational consultancy providing customised psychological tests and reports for improving performance, predicting potential and developing people.

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