This book is perfect for your next flight, as it is a quick read and a little more than 100 pages. End of Work is not focused on the start up and entrepreneurship side of business. Instead, its’ audience is that of the employee in a more corporate environment.
The preface says it all: “71% disengagement in the workplace,” (Gallup, 2004). That is a scary statistic- since is five plus years old, I imagine that this figure may be higher now.
To sum it up, this book offers different strategies in which to view your current in a more positive light so that work will become more rewarding and something less to dread. So this is not a book filled with quick get rich ideas to end your work career and make you financially independent, but instead something to cope with your current work challenges.
Each of their strategies is given a dedicated chapter, which starts with a brief situational case study. It follows that the chapter asks whether the strategy is for you and also explains the strategy in detail. The eight strategies include: Share Expertise, Initiate Change, Demand Autonomy, Create Meaning, Spark Creativity, Seize Cognition, Maintain Balance and Build Legacy.
From my big company experience, these strategies seem like various coping mechanisms for dealing with all of the bs and noise that is a large part of the corporate lifestyle. With the high percentage of disengagement, it seems that something big obviously needs to be done to rectify this situation.
Until this “miracle” occurs (I’m not holding my breath) workers can review these tactics to frame their situation so that they can find fulfillment in a tough place.