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Ciulla, a noted scholar in Leadership and Ethics, examines why so many people today have let their jobs take over their lives. Technology was supposed to free us from work, but instead we work longer hours-often tethered to the office joahne home by cell phones and e-mail. Gone is the social contract where employees and employers shared a sense of mutual loyalty, yet many of us still sacrifice personal time for jobs that we could lose at the drop of a stock price.


Tracing the evolution of the meaning of work from Aesop to Dilbert, cilula critically examining the past years of ciylla practices, Ciulla asks questions that we often willfully ignore at our own peril.

Provocative and entertaining, The Working Life challenges us to think about the meaning of work and its impact on our lives. A wide-ranging look at the allure and changing significance of work.

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With seductions, misunderstandings, and misinformation everywhere, this immensely readable book calls for a new contract—with ourselves. Drawing from history, mythology, literature, pop culture, and practical experience, Ciulla probes the many meanings of work or its meaninglessness and asks: Why are so many of us letting work take over our lives and trying to live in what little time is left? What has happened to the old, unspoken contract between worker and employer? Why are young people not being disloyal when they regularly consider job-changing?

Is that because they promise so much to stockholders? Why are there mass layoffs and “downsizing” in a time of unequaled corporate prosperity?

And why are the most common lies in business about satisfactory employee performance? The traditional contract between employers and employees is over.


This thoughtful and provocative study shows how to replace it by the one we make with ourselves.

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From the Hardcover edition. Ciulla By Joanne B. About The Working Life A wide-ranging look at the allure and changing significance of work. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Praise “A wonderfully readable tour through the history of ideas about work, as joanns nature or human condition; as curse or blessing; as a calling by God or expression of the inner self.

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