HR Books Review: ‘The New Rules of Work’
There are old rules and new rules of work. The new rules lead you to a more fulfilling career and a more satisfying career trajectory. The old rules bog you down and keep you from realizing your full potential.
That’s the belief behind the book “The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career” by the co-founders of The Muse, Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew.
For job seekers, the new rules will help you find a job and excel in a rewarding career. For managers, the new rules are here to help you attract and keep the best talent. And for HR professionals, the rules are tools to help you transition from a transactional generalist to a seasoned talent advisor.
What’s Great About New Rules of Work
“The New Rules of Work” is a comprehensive book that takes its audience through the entire employment life cycle — from looking for a job to negotiating for a raise to giving notice — and highlights everything that works and tells you how to do it.
What’s nice about the book is that it’s conversational in tone and doesn’t talk down to older or younger readers. While there’s some generational language, the lessons that apply to a professional worker in her 20s also apply to someone in her 50s and beyond. When a workforce issue has dimension, such as resume writing at different ages, Alex and Kathryn offer modifications and suggestions.
Why ‘The New Rules of Work’ Is an HR Book
Can you imagine if HR and recruiting professionals treated employees like consumers of work? Well, that day is coming. We’re in a talent-driven economy. In the not-too-distant future, talented people who know the new rules of work will decline your offer of employment because they’re just not happy with the candidate experience.
And you can’t change the world if you’re in a crummy job. I love this book for HR professionals who aren’t happy in their jobs and want a change for the better. Alex and Kathryn have your back, and they’ll help you through conflict resolution if you’d like to make a difference in your current job but feel stuck.
Should You Buy This Book?
“The New Rules of Work” is an excellent book for graduates, job seekers and anybody who works in human resources. It’s also a great book if you’re interested in personal and professional development. What’s next for you? Where is your career headed? Know the rules if you want to be successful.
My new rule of work? It’s simple. I don’t care how warm it is outside. I don’t want to see your naked feet in the office.