Title: Work Hard-ly
Author: Monica Iyengar
Publisher: Rupa Publication
Genre: Non-Fiction, Humour
First Publication: 2019
Book Summary: Work Hard-ly
Do you dread Mondays? Are you tense about your career? Are you fed up with your boss and colleagues? Is your company squeezing out every drop of your blood?
If your answer to any of the above questions is yes, then this is the one-stop book that will help you not just see light at the end of the tunnel, but light up the entire tunnel! Most new employees join the workforce with misguided enthusiasm, putting in hard labour and spirited efficiency only to get disenchanted when their lazy, smooth-talking colleague gets the big promotion or raise.
The reason this ‘smooth operator’ does well is because he knows what tilts the system in his favour. He has the behavioural ammunition to address questions such as:
How to appear busy when you are clearly not?
How to write a convincing email about something absolutely insignificant?
What’s the similarity between denial and falling in love with a serial womaniser?
What’s that got to do with anything at work?
How to use English as the camouflage for lack of performance, knowledge or capability?
How to use MS Excel as a mark of intelligence?
For those who often wonder why the incompetent ones are doing better, this book will reveal that success will be at your doorstep, if only you are ready to ‘Work Hard-ly’.
Book Review: Work Hard-ly
Work Hard-ly by Monica Iyengar was hilarious. I don’t work in an office currently, but I know (from my past experiences) about these meetings (Mysteriously useless) very often and I just realised that so many things in this book are true. But I think this also proves that this book is suitable for everyone, no matter what or where he or she is working. I also enjoyed the little drawings. They made you feel the situation instead of just reading about it.
Not sure how to appear busy while you’re not working at all in office? Wondering how to manage your boss? Don’t know how to ace the big presentation even if all you did last week was binge watch cats on YouTube? Or curious what faces you should make during important discussions and meetings so your gravitas and enthusiasm for the data/marketing plan/strategy/donuts will be obvious? Author Monica Iyengar got advice for those situations and more ways you can make your office life tolerable for you while you do anything but work, all presented in a neat (giftable) package.
I loved this irreverent how-to book for winning the corporate life. Author Monica strikes just the right note with witty explanations to accompany each of her tricks and spot-on, cheesetastic illustrations that compliment the serious-but-not-totally-serious humor that makes her tips for getting ahead without making an effort so relatable.
If you’ve ever worked in a corporate environment, you’ll be able to relate to this book. Author Monica’s observations are hilarious and spot-on! If you haven’t noticed your co-worker’s meeting habits before, you’ll definitely see their behaviour in a different light by the end of the book!
With the help of Work Hard-ly by Monica Iyengar, you’ll be able to master meetings, networking events, and corporate retreats without having to know or say anything of relevance. It would make a great gift for anyone who is exhausted by an endless schedule of meetings. So go. Don’t try, look smart, and thank me later for recommending this book to you.