Living Dead: Switched off, Zoned Out - The Shocking Truth about Office Life

Living Dead: Switched off, Zoned Out - The Shocking Truth about Office Life

by David Bolchover
     
 

The Living Dead is full of staggering statistics that show that a large proportion of the global workforce is so bored and disillusioned with the workplace that they employ a bewildering range of diversionary tactics to get them through the days, weeks, months and years. Surveys show that:

  • One in three people has taken class A and B drugs such

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Overview

The Living Dead is full of staggering statistics that show that a large proportion of the global workforce is so bored and disillusioned with the workplace that they employ a bewildering range of diversionary tactics to get them through the days, weeks, months and years. Surveys show that:

  • One in three people has taken class A and B drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine, cannabis and amyl nitrate at work
  • One in five US workers has had sex with a co-worker during work hours
  • 70% of internet porn sites are accessed during the 9 to 5 working day
  • One in three midweek visitors to a major UK theme park is pulling a sickie from work
  • In the UK alone, doctors receive 9 million (equivalent to the entire population of Sweden) ‘suspect’ requests for sick notes each year
  • 14.6% of US office workers surf the web constantly
  • Over half the UK’s 14.5 million animal owners said that they would need between two and five days off work to grieve for the loss of a treasured pet. 10% said they would need as much as two weeks.

Throwing sickies, surfing the web, constant personal emailing, turning up hung-over and serial flirtation with colleagues have become the accepted norm at work. Just why are so many of us so mind-numbingly bored and disengaged with our jobs? The Living Dead tells us why and shows us how to break the cycle of disenchantment. 

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Editorial Reviews

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"...will captivate anyone anywhere in the world who has ever workedin a large office..."(Thisiswiltshire.co.uk, 4th October 05)
"...The Living Dead will captivate anyone anywhere in the world whohas ever worked in a large office environment..." (SwindonAdvertiser, 4th October 2005)

"...Even if you are not one of the living dead, you will findthis book fascinating, entertaining and thought-provoking..."(Reading Chronicle, 9th December 2005)

"...an interesting and unusual read..." (Professional Manager,January 2006)

"Fantastic book...which wittily debunks popular myths about themodern workplace..." (EN Magazine, Dec 05)

"...an interesting and unusual read..." (Professional Manager,Jan 2006)

"...a fascinating discussion of the perils of presenteeism..."(ISCO Careerscope, Spring 06)

"…a lovely waltz through what happens to us after we exituniversity…it makes fantastic reading…" (IETEngineering Management, August 2006)

"...wry British wit...recommends...to students of organisationalbehaviour and anyone who has ever played computer solitaire at theoffice." (getAbstract, August 2006)

"... explores the phenomenon of The Living Dead in an open,direct and serious way ..." (Business Executive, November 2006)

'…open, direct and serious…with sufficienthumour…' ( Business Executive, November 2006)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841126562
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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