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Love the Work, Hate the Job: Why America's Best Workers Are More Unhappy Than Ever (Englisch) Audio-CD – Audiobook, 15. Mai 2008

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Praise for "Love the Work, Hate the Job": 'With energy, fine reporting, and a sure grasp of the realities of people's working lives, David Kusnet has written one of the most important studies of how people do their jobs since Daniel Bell's "Work and Its Discontents". Kusnet makes a case everyone needs to hear: America's workers, including high-tech professionals, want to do their jobs right and they want to do them well, and what they need is more freedom in the workplace to achieve those ends. May Kusnet's book make us realize that liberation and productivity go hand in hand' - E.J. Dionne Jr., author of "Souled Out" and "Why Americans Hate Politics". 'David Kusnet's "Love the Work, Hate the Job" offers keen analysis and political insights into the plight of American workers struggling to have government pay attention to their needs. This is a must-read for anyone who finds the daily grind, well, grinding' - Donna Brazile, campaign manager, Al Gore for President, 2000.'Ever wonder why Boeing engineers have to strike and Microsoft whiz kids can't get health insurance? Even if you haven't, you'll love this - and it's no job to read it! Don't wait for them to make this a TV series.

With lots of great stories, David Kusnet explains why there's trouble in paradise' - Thomas Geoghegan, author of "Which Side Are You On?: Trying to Be for Labor When It's Flat on Its Back". 'With eloquence, wisdom, and a sure grasp of recent history, David Kusnet has single-handedly revived the once-proud craft of labor journalism. Anyone who wants to understand the discontent in high-tech workplaces today must read this book' - Michael Kazin, author of "A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan" and "The Populist Persuasion: An American History". -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


Why are so many of America's most educated, skilled, and committed workers angrier than ever?

In Love the Work, Hate the Job, author David Kusnet follows workers through four conflicts in the trailblazing city of Seattle. At Boeing, aircraft engineers and technicians conducted the longest and largest strike by professionals in private industry in U.S. history, but their picket signs said they were "On Strike for Boeing." At Microsoft, thousands of workers holding short-term positions founded their own Web site to protest being "perma-temps." Still, they were almost as upset about their problems testing software as they were about their own precarious prospects. At a local hospital, workers complained that patient care was getting short shrift and organized with the nation's fastest-growing union. And at Kaiser Aluminum, during a labor-manage-ment conflict that dragged on for two years, workers allied themselves with environmentalists to fight cutthroat corporate tactics.

Like their counterparts across the country, these workers cared about much more than money. Americans increasingly like the work they do but not the conditions under which they do it. In fact, a growing number of employees believe they care more about the quality of their products and services than the executives they work for. That's why the workplace conflicts of the future will focus on model employees who were forced to become malcontents because they "care enough to get mad."

Coming in the aftermath of the mass protests at the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle in 1999, these conflicts point out the paradox of globalization. U.S. companies can compete most successfully by improving quality instead of just cutting costs. But penny-pinching practices can prevent their best workers from doing their best work, fueling workplace conflicts and depriving businesses of their single greatest advantage.

With powerful storytelling, revealing detail, and compelling analysis, Love the Work, Hate the Job offers provocative insights into today's workplaces, tomorrow's headlines, and Americans' too-often thwarted aspirations to do their jobs better. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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The Tough Reality of the Job Marketplace Today 23. Juni 2008
Von H. D. Espinosa - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
"Love the Work, Hate the Job" is a book that basically discusses how the relationship between employers and employees has dramatically changed over the years. It all began in the early days with a master-slave approach, then turned into making the work environment as pleasant as possible with the implementation of "human management", and finally due to global competition and other related evil, stepped backwards by companies starting to treat employees as disposable resources, or "costs to be cut instead of assets to be invested in", as the book mentions.

It is claimed that companies are today more focused on costs reductions instead of making quality products, putting their trust built over years into serious risk. Innovative and creative projects that is often brought by the most competent professionals inside the companies are often blocked by "bean counters" who have no vision of the technology evolution and think that expensive investments are just useless for the short run, completely ignoring the benefits for the long run. If one informed reader thinks about what is said in this book, he/she will certainly have to agree with it. Just look around and see that even though we live in a high-tech environment with possibilities that no one has ever predicted before, it is often easy to buy brand new - but defective - products supported by an awful customer service. One might even say - and not without reason - that there's nothing like the old products. They might not be as fancy as today's ones, but used to work like a Swiss watch.

Terrible and disastrous modern management practices based on maximizing profitability at all costs (including disrespectful treatment to the scientific and professional workers rights and benefits as employees) caused even the elitist white collar professionals to unionize in certain industries, like high-tech. The middle of this book puts a great emphasis on the everlasting tense relationship between WashTech and Microsoft. Revelations under this theme that can be found on the book is just astonishingly unbelievable, and sadly represents the reality of a great deal of workers today.

Incompetent managers and corporate greed is making skilled professionals to have a great sense of dissatisfaction in their functions, and the feeling of being exploited and ripped off is constant. They love their work, their knowledge, the challenges, the solutions they can provide, but stays trapped into a world that dictates them what to do with no right to argue. When pathetic corporate policies fail, it's just easy to blame it on globalization. What could be an opportunity for growth and innovation, is used as an excuse for their bad moves and desperately unreasonable tactics. Some youngsters feel unmotivated to pursue tech jobs because they know their function could easily be outsourced somewhere else. Technology, as most people are aware of, is one of the key drivers to the prosperity of a country, and all of this know-how is just being given away.

I have the feeling that almost everybody who decides to pick this book to read will relate to it at some point or another, if not in all. That's a good reading experience. It tells that I am not alone on this situation, neither are you.
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Should be called, "Hate the job? Get a union" 20. Juli 2008
Von Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I was really looking forward to this book. Many of my career clients can relate to the title. They like what they're doing but get frustrated by the company or the boss.

Readers will be surprised if they choose this book based on title and jacket The book'is really about frusrations among whole classes of workers who used to be considered professional. Author Kusnet seems to think unions represent the prime resource to help.

Kusnet begins with a summary of the 1999 Seattle labor riots. suggests this riot "foreshadows" future labor struggles. But nearly ten years later, not much has changed. For example, the model of hiring a core of permanent workers and a large force of temps (who receive no benefits) seems increasingly popular.

I don't envy part-timers. Kusnet describes their frustration: no meaningful evaluations, no relationship to their employers who can seem cruelly indifferent.

But let's get real: these arrangements offer solid economic benefits to the hiring company. Companies aren't nice to employees out of kindness. They're nice when they want to get and keep hard-to-find employees.

A second category of unhappy workers: nurses and other professionals who can't do their job the way they want. Nurses are too busy to provide proper care, let alone comfort their patients. Doctors are caught up in mountains of paperwork.

Kusnet suggests the answer comes from unions. His book is featured on the website of "Wash Tech," the Washington Alliance of Technological Workers.

But why should workers expect unions to help? Working in a union shop is like having 2 bosses: your company and your union.

Unions make deals on behalf of employees - and they can trade outcomes (OK, you can fire Mary, but we want to protect Ted...) The union leaders decide how much effort they'll put into fighting a case.

Unions tend to be very close to company officers. A Fortune 500 VP told me about a deal with a union president, where they jointly pretended to engage in all-night bargaining but actually slept. Many railroad employees felt their unions sold them out, as new work rules were implemented.

Kusnet argues that professionals want to do their jobs. Unions often act aggressively to protect the weakest, least competent, and least marketable employees.

Unions can't do anything about economic conditions. Thousands of unionized airline and auto industry employees have been laid off. Insurance companies have created at least some of the health care crisis.

Rather than take on the fight with Microsoft, hospitals and other big companies, I would encourage workers to focus on becoming more marketable. When you're marketable, you can say "No thanks" to those temp offers. It's not easy but also not impossible. You have to plan and strategize.

If you're looking for a thoughtful, insightful discussion of what's wrong with today's jobs, I recommend William Bridges's book, JobShift Bridges recommends a different career model: Always think of yourself as a contractor. Keep your allegiance to your craft, not the company.

Sure, we need changes in infrastructure. If we could separate health care from employment, a lot of these problems would go away. And rather than look for handouts from unions, I'd like to see legislation that smoothes the path to self-employment.
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Not Really for People Who Hate Their Jobs 11. Dezember 2010
Von Eric Plenum - Veröffentlicht auf
... unless they're looking to unionize. Interesting stories of professional and quasi-professional workers banding together. A little light on statistics (what do you want from a political speechwriter?). This is a narrow view of what some workers can do in the post-industrial world.
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What a great book! 6. August 2008
Von Eleanor LeCain - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a "must-read" for workers and employers, told by a master storyteller. The author offers insights into work life in modern America through interesting stories of people and the companies for which they work. You will see behind-the-scenes what's really going on in Microsoft, Boeing, and other top corporations. So gracefully written, this book is a joy to read. Give yourself and treat and get it today.
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