Lab Rats by Dan Lyons audiobook

Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us

By Dan Lyons
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Why do so many Americans hate their jobs? From New York Times bestselling author Dan Lyons comes this groundbreaking, incisive examination of how the internet—and ideas championed by Silicon Valley power brokers—changed the way we work, damaged our brains, and left us poorer and insecure. In the months following the publication of Disrupted, Dan Lyons was astonished as hundreds of readers wrote to him with their own harrowing stories of discrimination, fear-mongering managers, and companies denigrating employees in pursuit of quick profit. The letter writers felt helpless, confused, and victimized. Lyons began to understand how the problems he had identified in the start-up world are infecting virtually every kind of job in America. Paradoxically, the misery index is soaring at a time when companies are giving more lip service than ever about finding ways to make employees happy. What happened to work in America? Who is responsible? And does any company have a model for doing it right? As Lyons ventured across America in pursuit of answers, he came to understand how a cluster of ideas enabled by the internet and promoted by Silicon Valley companies spread to workplaces across the country and the globe. These new notions about work have broken the social contract that once existed between companies and their employees, making us poorer, insecure, and subject to constant change and dehumanizing technologies that have altered our very psychology. A few companies, however, get it right. With Lab Rats, Lyons makes a passionate plea for business leaders to understand this dangerous transformation and shows how profit and happy employees can indeed coexist.

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Summary

Summary

Why do so many Americans hate their jobs? From New York Times bestselling author Dan Lyons comes this groundbreaking, incisive examination of how the internet—and ideas championed by Silicon Valley power brokers—changed the way we work, damaged our brains, and left us poorer and insecure.

In the months following the publication of Disrupted, Dan Lyons was astonished as hundreds of readers wrote to him with their own harrowing stories of discrimination, fear-mongering managers, and companies denigrating employees in pursuit of quick profit. The letter writers felt helpless, confused, and victimized.

Lyons began to understand how the problems he had identified in the start-up world are infecting virtually every kind of job in America. Paradoxically, the misery index is soaring at a time when companies are giving more lip service than ever about finding ways to make employees happy. What happened to work in America? Who is responsible? And does any company have a model for doing it right?

As Lyons ventured across America in pursuit of answers, he came to understand how a cluster of ideas enabled by the internet and promoted by Silicon Valley companies spread to workplaces across the country and the globe. These new notions about work have broken the social contract that once existed between companies and their employees, making us poorer, insecure, and subject to constant change and dehumanizing technologies that have altered our very psychology.

A few companies, however, get it right. With Lab Rats, Lyons makes a passionate plea for business leaders to understand this dangerous transformation and shows how profit and happy employees can indeed coexist.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I loved Dan Lyons’ book Disrupted. With Lab Rats, he takes his critique of the modern workplace to the next level, to show how Silicon Valley’s sometimes disturbing ideas about how to treat employees now pervade many workplaces. This is a fascinating, thought-provoking, hilarious, and sometimes harrowing account of current work culture.” Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author
Lab Rats…is hilarious, but not funny…Lyons gives Silicon Valley the thrashing that it, alas, largely deserves. But in the final third of the book, he offers us an effectively illustrated way out—an approach to work and business that puts people first, profitably serves customers, and makes the world a little bit better in the process.” Tom Peters, New York Times bestselling author
“After publishing the New York Times bestselling Disrupted, Lyons heard from hundreds of readers distraught by their toxic work environments. Here he investigates why American workers are increasingly unhappy and what Silicon Valley has to do with it.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Dan Lyons

Author Bio: Dan Lyons

Dan Lyons is the New York Times bestselling author of Disrupted. He is also a novelist, journalist, screenwriter, and public speaker. He was a staff writer on the first two seasons of the Emmy-winning HBO series Silicon Valley. Previously, he was technology editor at Newsweek and Forbes. He is the creator of the groundbreaking viral blog “The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs” (a.k.a. “Fake Steve Jobs”). He has written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Wired.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 8.99
Audience: Adult
Language: English