Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hey Bossman, Reading Books IS Work - by Shane Parrish

One of my beefs with the modern office is that you need to be seen as working, even if it’s an illusion. And what classifies as “work” is often defined by the quality of your leadership.
If you work in a fast-food or retail job, you’re always on the go. These are hard jobs. There is never a down moment. If you’re caught sitting more than once on your shift you’re generally fired. In these settings, work is easily defined and jobs generally mechanical. There is always something to do and it’s easy for your boss to see when you are working and when you are not.
One of the biggest issues I have with the modern office culture is that you can’t get away with things that don’t look like work, even if they are work. Reading a book, for example, can be work.

And if you’re looking for something good to read, I’ve slowing been updating the old recommendations into better categories, HERE. And it’s always useful to see what Shane has been reading, HERE.