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From the visionary head of Google’s innovative People Operations—a groundbreaking inquiry into the philosophy of work, and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and ensuring the best and brightest succeed.

“We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It’s not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing.” So says Laszlo Bock, head of People Operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge. This insight is the heart of Work Rules!, a compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto with the potential to change how we work and live.

Drawing on the latest research in behavioral economics and with a profound grasp of human psychology, Bock also provides teaching examples from a range of industries—including companies that are household names but hideous places to work, and little-known companies that achieve spectacular results by valuing and listening to their employees. Bock takes us inside one of history’s most explosively successful businesses to reveal why Google is consistently rated one of the best places to work in the world, distilling fifteen years of intensive worker R&D into delightfully counterintuitive principles that are easy to put into action, whether you’re a team of one or a team of thousands.

Cleaving the knot of conventional management, some lessons from Work Rules! include the following:

  • Take away managers’ power over employees
  • Learn from your best employees—and your worst
  • Only hire people who are smarter than you are, no matter how long it takes to find them
  • Pay unfairly—it’s more fair!
  • Don’t trust your gut; use data to predict and shape the future
  • Default to open; be transparent and welcome feedback
  • If you’re comfortable with the amount of freedom you’ve given your employees, you haven’t gone far enough

Work Rules! shows how to strike a balance between creativity and structure, leading to success you can measure in quality of life as well as market share. Read it to build a better company from within rather than from above. Read it to reawaken your joy in what you do.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Laszlo Bock has written a remarkable book that reveals the secrets of becoming a talent powerhouse. He shows the many benefits of a high-freedom culture with a mission that matters. And along the way, he topples pillar after pillar of conventional wisdom on hiring, training, assessing, and compensating the people who power your organization. If you’re looking for forehead-smacking insights along with an array of savvy new practices, Work Rules! is an essential read.”

    Daniel Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive

  • Work Rules! delivers on its promise. Befitting a volume written deep within the algorithm factory, Work Rules! is dense with data and counterintuitive conclusions for anyone looking to make the workplace a better place.”


  • “With numerous examples, he shows how unconventional management works in ways that standard practices don’t.”


  • “Anecdotes about Google’s founding and history mingle with discussions of management theory, psychology, and behavioral economics to create a fascinating and accessible read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Good guidance from the head of Google’s innovative People Operations, who wants to show companies how to attract and keep the best managers.”

    Library Journal

  • “An intriguing profile of an innovative company that continues to shake up the world.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The author, a human resource professional and natural-sounding speaker, delivers his book with a combination of boyish wonder and a matter-of-fact conviction that he works for the greatest company in the world. But the discussion is not just about working at Google—it’s also a compelling reminder that it’s beneficial for employees in any type of job to be creative, to think expansively, and to put their hearts and souls into helping customers live better lives. With his engaging delivery, Block makes his suggestions for starting your own utopian workplace.”


  • A 2015 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Best Nonfiction Book Award nominee
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Business & Investing
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