Dan Lyons in his book Lab Rats presents a work of research that poses answers to the possibility of profit and happy workers coexisting. The recent surge in startups and their so called “cool” work culture proved that looks can be deceptive. In spite of what it seemed to offer, people were stressed and unhappy.
Flexibility cancelled out by lack of benefits, vibrancy dimmed by the short term goals to attain, job insecurity and wage inequality are the flip sides of the glamour corporate offer. At a time of soaring corporate profits and plenty of HR lip service about “wellness,” millions of workers–in virtually every industry–are deeply unhappy. Why did work become so miserable? Who is responsible? And does any company have a model for doing it right?
Lab Rats is a take down on human resources industry and an answer to why modern work makes people miserable.