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Bruce Daisley

30 Hacks for Bringing Joy to Your Job

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What is Eat Sleep Work Repeat about?

Eat Sleep Work Repeat (2020) answers a question facing all too many of us: Why are we so unhappy at work, and what can we do about it? Drawing on a variety of research, it identifies the underlying problems of workplace unhappiness and suggests a wide range of practical solutions. 

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    Workplace unhappiness is a widespread problem that deeply affects our health, well-being, and productivity.

    Feeling unhappy at your job? If so, welcome to the club! 

    In one survey after another, the majority of people report negative sentiments about their work. An overwhelming 83 percent of American employees say their jobs make them stressed. More than half of all British workers report feeling burned out by their jobs. And when workers across the world are asked to rank their daily activities from favorite to least favorite, being at work ends up in second-to-last place – just a notch ahead of being sick in bed. 

    The picture is pretty bleak, and it gets even bleaker when you start looking at the consequences of all this unhappiness. 

    The key message here is: Workplace unhappiness is a widespread problem that deeply affects our health, well-being, and productivity.

    A stressful job doesn’t just make your life unpleasant. It can also take a heavy toll on both your body and your mind. Consider a study by Alexandra Michel, a researcher at the University of Southern California. She looked at how working long, stressful hours impacted investment bankers, who routinely put in 15-hour days at the beginning of their careers. 

    Michel found that the bankers exhibited a range of physical symptoms, including hair loss, extreme weight changes, panic attacks, and insomnia. By the fourth year on the job, they were suffering from an increased rate of diabetes, heart problems, and even cancer. The mental health consequences were also serious. They included higher rates of depression, anxiety, and addiction to drugs and alcohol. 

    These are all problems that should trouble us in their own right. But even if you were a totally heartless boss who cared only about your business’s bottom line, there would still be serious cause for concern – it’s not just workers’ health and well-being that are being negatively impacted, it’s also their ability to do their jobs. 

    Here again, the statistics speak for themselves. A study by researchers at Warwick University shows that happy workers are 22 percent more productive than their unhappy counterparts. And the symptoms of stress can also have a major impact on work performance. For instance, a lack of sleep can increase the rate at which workers make mistakes on the job. 

    Researchers have confirmed this connection in a variety of job sectors, ranging from the healthcare industry to the military. But you probably don’t need science to tell you what all of us have experienced first-hand: it’s hard to think straight when you’re exhausted. 

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    About the Author

    Bruce Daisley was Twitter’s vice president of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa from 2012 to 2020. His writing has previously appeared in publications such as Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Wired, and the Guardian. Eat Sleep Work Repeat is his first book, and he also runs a podcast by the same name.

    Who should read Eat Sleep Work Repeat?

    • Exhausted employees looking for a boost 
    • Managers seeking ways to improve their workplaces
    • Anyone interested in why so many workers are unhappy

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