Myths of Work: The Stereotypes and Assumptions Holding Your Organization Back

  • 4h 57m 33s
  • Adrian Furnham, Ian MacRae
  • Kogan Page
  • 2019

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There are a staggering number of myths, stereotypes, and out-of-date rules that abound in the workplace.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, Ian MacRae and Adrian Furnham 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.

In this Audiobook

  • Myth 1 - Staff Should Work Eight-Hour Days, Monday to Friday
  • Myth 2 - Working from Home Reduces Productivity
  • Myth 3 - Social Media Should Never Be Used at Work
  • Myth 4 - Listening to Music While Working is Distracting
  • Myth 5 - Health and Safety is the Enemy
  • Myth 6 - Surveillance Improves Performance
  • Myth 7 - Creating a Google-Style Office Environment Will Make Staff More Innovative
  • Myth 8 - Mindfulness is the Answer to All Problems
  • Myth 9 - Neuroscience is the Silver Bullet to Workplace Problems
  • Myth 10 - Start-Ups Need a Different Type of Leader to Succeed
  • Myth 11 - It's Better to Have Higher Self-Esteem at Work
  • Myth 12 - We Only Use 10 Per Cent of Our Brain at Work
  • Myth 13 - Making Workplaces Sustainable is a Burden
  • Myth 14 - The Best Way to Motivate People is to Pay Them More
  • Myth 15 - Employees Who Work the Longest Hours are the Most Valuable People
  • Myth 16 - People Should Retire at 65
  • Myth 17 - Perfectionists Make the Best Employees
  • Myth 18 - Women aren't as Competitive as Men at Work
  • Myth 19 - People's Personalities Can Be Sorted into Categories at Work
  • Myth 20 - Sexuality and Gender Should Be Taken into Account at Work
  • Myth 21 - Millennials are Changing the Workplace
  • Myth 22 - Co-Workers Should Not Form Romantic Relationships
  • Myth 23 - Teaching and Training are the Same
  • Myth 24 - Annual Appraisals are the Best Way to Measure Performance
  • Myth 25 - High Achievers Always Make Great Managers
  • Myth 26 - A Computer is Going to Take Your Job
  • Myth 27 - Open-Plan Offices are Always the Best Option