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Myths of Work: The Stereotypes and Assumptions Holding Your Organization Back

by Ian MacRae and Adrian Furnham Kogan Page
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Buying a table tennis table will make your staff happier. Working eight hours a day, five days a week, will result in the most productivity. Paying higher salaries will always result in higher motivation. But will it really?

There are a staggering number of myths, stereotypes and out-of-date rules that abound in the workplace. This can make it feel impossible to truly know how to get the most out of your career, your team and your organization. In Myths of Work, Adrian Furnham and Ian Macrae take an entertaining and evidence-based look at the most pervasive myths about our working lives, from the serious to the ridiculous, to give you the insight you need to become a better manager in the modern workplace. Fascinating real life case studies from organizations around the world display the myths (and how to overcome them) in practice.

Myths of Work takes the most up-to-date academic research in business and psychology and combines it with practical insights, a lively writing style and a handy dip-in-and-out structure to form your ultimate guide to becoming a better enlightened manager.


    • Chapter - 01: Myth 1 - Staff Should Work 8 Hours a Day Monday to Friday;
    • Chapter - 02: Myth 2 - Working From Home Reduces Productivity;
    • Chapter - 03: Myth 3 - Social Media Should Never Be Used at Work;
    • Chapter - 04: Myth 4 - Listening to Music Whilst Working is Distracting;
    • Chapter - 05: Myth 5 - Health and Safety is the Enemy;
    • Chapter - 06: Myth 6 - Surveillance Improves Performance;
    • Chapter - 07: Myth 7 - Creating a Google-Style Office Environment Will Make Staff More Innovative;
    • Chapter - 08: Myth 8 - Mindfulness is the Answer to all Problems;
    • Chapter - 09: Myth 9 - Neuroscience is the Silver Bullet to Workplace Problems;
    • Chapter - 10: Myth 10 - Start-Ups Need a Different Type of Leader to Succeed;
    • Chapter - 11: Myth 11 - It's Better to have Higher Self-Esteem at Work;
    • Chapter - 12: Myth 12 - We Only Use 10% of our Brain at Work;
    • Chapter - 13: Myth 13 - Making Workplaces Sustainable is a Burden;
    • Chapter - 14: Myth 14 - The Best Way to Motivate People is to Pay Them More;
    • Chapter - 15: Myth 15 - Employees Who Work the Longest are the Most Valuable People;
    • Chapter - 16: Myth 16 - People Should Retire at 65;
    • Chapter - 17: Myth 17 - Perfectionists Make the Best Employees;
    • Chapter - 18: Myth 18 - Women aren't as Competitive as Men at Work;
    • Chapter - 19: Myth 19 - People Personalities can be Categorised;
    • Chapter - 20: Myth 20 - Sexuality and Gender should be Taken into Account at Work;
    • Chapter - 21: Myth 21 - Millennials are Changing the Workplace;
    • Chapter - 22: Myth 22 - Co-Workers Shouldn't Form Romantic Relationships;
    • Chapter - 23: Myth 23 - Teaching and Training are the Same;
    • Chapter - 24: Myth 24 - Annual Appraisals are the Best Way to Measure Performance;
    • Chapter - 25: Myth 25 - High Achievers Make Great Managers;
    • Chapter - 26: Myth 26 - A Computer is Going to Take Your Job;
    • Chapter - 27: Myth 27 - Open Plan Offices are Always the Best Option

"This book is informative, interesting and useful to not only HR Professionals but all employees. It uses humour, research and storytelling to challenge some commonly held beliefs we all have about work which was eye opening. A must read!"
Adrian Furnham is Professor of Psychology at UCL, and Adjunct Professor of Management at the Norwegian School of Management, and has lectured widely abroad. He has written over 1000 scientific papers and 70 books and is among the most well-known and productive psychologists in the world. Adrian is also a newspaper columnist, previously at The Financial Times, now at The Sunday Times. He wrote regularly for The Daily Telegraph and is a regular contributor to stations including the BBC, CNN, and ITV.

Ian MacRae is Director of High Potential, an organizational consultancy providing customised psychological tests and reports for improving performance, predicting potential and developing people. He is a PhD candidate at Maastricht University.