A "darkly funny" and "insightful" examination of America's fragmented workplace conventions
From the New York Times Bestselling author who brought you DISRUPTED comes the much anticipated LAB RATS: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us, out today with Hachette Books. Drawing on his humor, extensive research and personal experience, Lyons examines the harmful effects of the broken employer/employee contract in corporate America—and then gently takes our hand and shows us the way out. Read his article in Medium for a taste of what’s inside this must-read book.
At a time of soaring corporate profits and plenty of HR lip service about "wellness," millions of workers--in virtually every industry--are deeply unhappy. Why did work become so miserable? Who is responsible? And does any company have a model for doing it right?
For two years, Lyons ventured in search of answers. From the innovation-crazed headquarters of the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, to a cult-like "Holocracy" workshop in San Francisco, and to corporate trainers who specialize in ... Legos, Lyons immersed himself in the often half-baked and frequently lucrative world of what passes for management science today. He shows how new tools, workplace practices, and business models championed by tech's empathy-impaired power brokers have shattered the social contract that once existed between companies and their employees. These dystopian beliefs--often masked by pithy slogans like "We're a Team, Not a Family"--have dire consequences: millions of workers who are subject to constant change, dehumanizing technologies--even health risks.
A few companies, however, get it right. With Lab Rats, Lyons makes a passionate plea for business leaders to understand this dangerous transformation, showing how profit and happy employees can indeed coexist.
Praise for LAB RATS:
"I loved Dan Lyons's 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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project and The Four Tendencies
"Dan Lyons's Lab Rats defies easy description. It is hilarious, but not funny. I sputtered laughing and choked crying (literally, not figuratively) as I read it. Yes, to an extreme, 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 of In Search of Excellence
"[Lyons] argues persuasively.... A passionate indictment of brutal workplace culture."―Kirkus Reviews
"[A] darkly funny journalistic look at the contemporary workplace.... By turns sardonic and impassioned, this is an insightful and frequently entertaining guide to the increasingly bizarre world of Silicon Valley and the trends it spawns."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A witty and well researched examination of how Silicon Valley has completely changed the way we work, in ways no one ever could have imagined.”—Big Idea Speakers Bureau