Work Rules! Insights from inside Google that will transform how you live and lead

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Work Rules! Insights from inside Google that will transform how you live and lead

Laszlo Bock

Can your workplace become as popular as Google’s?

Born in communist Romania under the dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu, the author Laszlo Bock found Google’s mission – to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible – too thrilling to resist. And he is not alone – Google is rated by Linked In as the most sought-after place in the world to work.

As Senior VP of People Operations, Laszlo offers a detailed manifesto of ideas from Google about how to attract, develop, retain and delight your staff. Not all are original, and not all are conventional. Google spends twice as much money on recruiting people than the average company – and puts less focus on training once they are hired. Because of their extensive hiring needs, the company invests significantly in an in-house team to reach out to candidates through the ‘Googler’ network and then uses a rigorously assessed and analytical recruitment process to appoint the best people.

In summarising his approach, Laszlo offers ten steps that he says will transform your team or workplace:

 You spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It’s not right that the experience of work, even at some of the best employers, should be so demotivating and dehumanizing” Laszlo Bock

As Laszlo says, introducing a few beanbags and a lava lamp won’t make your culture more innovative – but a more fundamental shift towards being more open about where the company is heading would. That might help us all gain control of our own destiny.

** About the author Laszlo Bock is Google’s Senior Vice President of People Operations, responsible for attracting, developing and retaining more than 50,000 “Googlers” in over seventy offices worldwide. Bock’s earlier experience spans executive roles at the General Electric Company, management consulting at McKinsey & Company, start-ups, non-profits, and acting.

Since Bock joined Google in 2006 it has been named the ‘Best Company to Work For’ more than 30 times and received over 100 awards as an employer of choice. Bock has an MBA from Yale and in 2010 he was named “Human Resources Executive of the Year” by HR Executive Magazine.

** Reviews [Laszlo Bock’s] most striking management tips have much more to do with hiring and classifying people than with empowering them” The Economist

“Google is an experiment in rethinking people management that appears to actually be working. By telling us how, this may be the most important HR book of the year.” CIPD

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Book Details

Author: Laszlo Bock

ISBN: 978-1478980872