• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: HarperOne (February 25, 2020)
“An important reminder of simple everyday practices to improve how we all work together, which will lead to greater team and individual happiness and performance. Great results will follow.”—Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square
“With just 30 changes, you can transform your work experience from bland and boring (or worse) to fulfilling, fun, and even joyful.”—Daniel Pink, author of When and Drive
The vice president of Twitter Europe and host of the top business podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat offers thirty smart, research-based hacks for bringing joy and fun back into our burned out, uninspired work lives.
How does a lunch break spark a burst of productivity? Can a team’s performance be improved simply by moving the location of the coffee maker? Why are meetings so often a waste of time, and how can a walking meeting actually get decisions made?
As an executive with decades of management experience at top Silicon Valley companies including YouTube, Google, and Twitter, Bruce Daisley has given a lot of thought to what makes a workforce productive and what factors can improve the workplace to benefit a company’s employees, customers, and bottom line. In his debut book, he shares what he’s discovered, offering practical, often counterintuitive, insights and solutions for reinvigorating work to give us more meaning, productivity, and joy at the office.
A Gallup survey of global workers revealed shocking news: only 13% of employees are engaged in their jobs. This means that burn out and unhappiness at work are a reality for the vast majority of workers. Managers—and employees themselves—can make work better. Eat Sleep Work Repeat shows them how, offering more than two dozen research-backed, user-friendly strategies, including:
- Go to Lunch (it makes you less tired over the weekend)
- Suggest a Tea Break (it increases team cohesiveness and productivity)
- Conduct a Pre-Mortem (foreseeing possible issues can prevent problems and creates a spirit of curiosity and inquisitiveness)
“Let’s start enjoying our jobs again,” Daisley insists. “It’s time to rediscover the joy of work.”
Eat Sleep Work Repeat is an insightful book that is helpful in resetting your work-life. In this book, Bruce Daisley offers several strategies and tips that will increase productivity and happiness within the workplace.
Upon reading this book, I found it alarming to learn that workplace stress is just as detrimental to your health as secondhand smoke. Therefore, I thought Daisley’s tips on recharging were extremely valuable.
Some of his words of advice that spoke the most to me were eliminating “hurry sickness” and simply taking a moment to hear your thoughts. While most of us are typically on a time constraint, Daisley reminds us that “constant busyness doesn’t equate to achieving more”. He says that the best cure to this hurry sickness is to make some things less urgent. By doing so, you and your team will be more at ease and much more creative.
The other simple yet powerful suggestion Daisley advised is to take a moment to hear your thoughts. Most of us don’t often sit in silence, but if we want to reduce stress and boost our creativity, we should become more comfortable sitting in silence. Because you never know, taking that moment of silence might even help you come up with a solution to a work problem.
Though I think Eat Sleep Work Repeat is a book best for those at larger companies or those in management positions, I think there’s something we can all take from it. There are many simple things that we can all implement to make work more enjoyable. Laughing more with your coworkers is one small way that Daisley suggests to improve your workplace environment. It’s not just good for you, it’s good for the entire team. “Laughter builds trust and helps us bond with one another, it creates sync. And as our creative guards come down, it helps us have better ideas.”
Another easy way to decrease work stress is to disconnect from technology. Even as the vice president of Twitter Europe, Bruce Daisley stresses the importance of taking time to disconnect from emails and social media. In Part 1:Recharge 7, he discusses how just turning off your email notifications can make all the difference. With fewer notifications coming through every hour, you’re likely to be less stressed and distracted and happier and more energized.
While decreasing stress and finding joy at work is easier said than done, Bruce Daisley’s Eat Sleep Work Repeat provides a lot of wisdom on getting it done. If you and/or your coworkers need to shake up your work routine, Eat Sleep Work Repeat may help you do just that.
About Bruce Daisley
Bruce Daisley is the European Vice-President for Twitter and host of top business podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat. He has worked for some of the world’s biggest media companies, including Google and YouTube, and is dedicated to making work better and using evidence to devise creative solutions. He lives in London.
Thanks to Trish from TLC Book Tours for inviting me on this blog tour for Eat Sleep Work Repeat. I received a free advanced reader’s copy of this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.