Whatever Works: The Small Cues That Make a Surprising Difference in Our Success at Work -- and How to Create a Happier Office

  • 9h 18m 35s
  • Thalma Lobel
  • Gildan Media
  • 2020

In Whatever Works, Thalma Lobel explores groundbreaking psychological research on job performance, satisfaction, and creativity. Lobel goes beyond obvious considerations like salary, title, and company culture to shed light on the hidden factors that have profound effects on how well we can do our jobs and how happy we are at work.

Did you know that just doodling in a certain way can increase your creativity? That looking at something green for forty seconds will improve your attention? That crossing your legs similarly to an interviewer could get you the job? That the mere presence of a smartphone on your desk can lessen your performance, even if it's turned off? These are the invisible factors that nudge our behavior on a daily basis, and combined, have a real and significant bearing on our success-or failure-at work.

In today's competitive market, where even tiny differences can be decisive, exploiting such factors can make all the difference. The more you know about the subtle elements that can help or hinder you on the job, the better equipped you can be to take control and navigate today's competitive work world. Helpful for anyone from individual employees to managers to leaders of large organizations, Whatever Works shares valuable insights and practical takeaways to transform your professional life.

In this Audiobook

  • 1. The Office Layout: How Your Office Design Influences Your Productivity and Satisfaction
  • 2. Let There Be Light: The Influence of Light on Our Performance and Well-Being
  • 3. I am Too Cold, I am Too Hot: The Impact of Temperature
  • 4. Take a Walk in Nature: The Influence of Green and Blue Spaces
  • 5. Wordless Interactions: How Our Subtle Gestures Speak Volumes to Our Colleagues
  • 6. We Need to Talk: Expressing Emotions, Negotiating, and Giving Gifts
  • 7. Sticky Fingers: Ethical and Unethical Behavior in the Office
  • 8. Diversity in the Workplace: Different is the New Efficient
  • 9. Will This Tie Get Me Hired or Fired? How the Clothes We Wear Affect Us and Our Team
  • 10. Judging a Book by its Cover: How Our Physical Attributes Shape Perceptions and Interactions
  • 11. Switching on and off: How Our Technology Use Affects Us
  • 12. The Sound of Music: What Happens When We Listen at Work?
  • 13. Tidy Desk, Tidy Mind? Order and Disorder
  • 14. Creativity: An Essential Skill for the Twenty-First Century


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