The I Hate My Job Handbook: How to Deal with Hell at Work

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Does the very mention of your boss's name make your left eye twitch uncontrollably? Does the clock seem to move with the speed of Continental Drift between the hours of 9 to 5? Do your friends and family put their hands over their ears and sing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" whenever you start to complain about office anger? If you answered yes to any of the above, then you are a charter member of the I-hate-my-job club. But before you punch yourself out, be assured that there are ways to lower your ...
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Does the very mention of your boss's name make your left eye twitch uncontrollably? Does the clock seem to move with the speed of Continental Drift between the hours of 9 to 5? Do your friends and family put their hands over their ears and sing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" whenever you start to complain about office anger? If you answered yes to any of the above, then you are a charter member of the I-hate-my-job club. But before you punch yourself out, be assured that there are ways to lower your work-misery index. With the help of two or three (hundred) war-scarred employees and numerous career experts, authors Ellen Tien and Valerie Frankel deliver you from office hell. You'll find practical guidelines and ingenious strategies to lessen the pain and lighten the load, including: How to deal with your fearful leader - the seven most common (not to mention frustrating) managerial types, from "Mr. Right-and-Don't-You-Forget-It" to "Sybil;" The smartest ways to play office politics without feeling like a total sleaze - plugging into the grapevine, persuading your colleagues to dish, kissing up without losing your lunch; Quizzes, surveys, and clever ploys for the corporately challenged to get you through the daily grind; and a blueprint to engineering your own firing, complete with a tidy severance package and a glowing recommendation letter - no kidding! Plus true tales of sweet revenge! Just desserts are right around the corner....

The authors are living proof that even the most horrific work nightmare can be survived--if one keeps a sense of humor. This collection of sound but irreverent advice for those who feel they're going nowhere fast combines true confessions from fellow battered employees with practical strategies and lots of laughs.

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Hating your job is not uncommon; being fixated on hating your job is. Frankel and Tien (The Heartbreak Handbook, Fawcett, 1993) discuss the latter situation. Their format is humorous, mixing truth, scenarios, anecdotes, and personal revelations so that even if you don't find an answer to your misery, you can find some laughs and some insights. The authors discuss types of bosses, co-workers, whether to stay or go, and even some revenge tactics. Although not stated anywhere, the book is clearly targeted to female job haters; male job haters will have to wait for the sequel. At times the humor gets overbearing, and the book fails to explore the best choice of all for someone in career misery: networking. This is a good option for people wanting empathy, but for a serious remedy Don Asher's Foolproof Job Search (Ten Speed Pr., 1995) or Douglas B. Richardson's Networking (LJ 9/1/94) will be more useful.-Joshua Cohen, Mid-Hudson Lib. System, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449908860
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/30/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The Beginning of the End 3
2 Your Fearful Leader 22
3 Work/Counterwork 44
4 The Body Politic 69
5 Nightmare on Work Street 97
6 Misery: Your Top Ten Questions 115
7 Should I Stay or Should I Go? 140
8 Playing with Fire 157
9 Let Freedom Ring 177
10 Sweet Revenge 200
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Dealing with a job you hate

    I loved this book it was hilarious.

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