Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us

Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us Review

New York Times bestselling author Dan Lyons exposes how the "new oligarchs" of Silicon Valley have turned technology into a tool for oppressing workers in this "passionate" (Kirkus) and "darkly funny" (Publishers Weekly) examination of workplace culture.

At a time of soaring corporate profits and plenty of HR lip service about "wellness," millions of workers--in virtually every industry--are deeply unhappy. Why did work become so miserable? Who is responsible? And does any company have a model for doing it right?

For two years, Lyons ventured in search of answers. From the innovation-crazed headquarters of the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, to a cult-like "Holocracy" workshop in San Francisco, and to corporate trainers who specialize in ... Legos, Lyons immersed himself in the often half-baked and frequently lucrative world of what passes for management science today. He shows how new tools, workplace practices, and business models championed by tech's empathy-impaired power brokers have shattered the social contract that once existed between companies and their employees. These dystopian beliefs--often masked by pithy slogans like "We're a Team, Not a Family"--have dire consequences: millions of workers who are subject to constant change, dehumanizing technologies--even health risks.

A few companies, however, get it right. With Lab Rats, Lyons makes a passionate plea for business leaders to understand this dangerous transformation, showing how profit and happy employees can indeed coexist.

Title:Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Sharon

    This is a more important business book than most people realize. In its pages, Dan Lyons take apart the conventional wisdom of Milton Friedman's "burn out and churn out" style of shareholder-based bus...

  • Bob Varettoni

    To be sure (a phrase that introduces many paragraphs in this book), I never expected Dan Lyons’ latest to be as good as “Disrupted” — which was based on first-person stories, and devastating h...

  • Rob Enderle

    Boy if there was ever a book every kid planning a career in tech should read this is it, and for a lot of folks in tech, this book suggests you are all idiots for putting up with the amount of abuse a...

  • David

    What use is outrage?Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, th...

  • H?i

    Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy.About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I w...

  • Greg

    Dan Lyons is one of the more unlikely critics of Silicon Valley culture despite being a long time satirist, making his splash with his Fake Steve Jobs (FSJ) blog (and mediocre novelization). His irrev...

  • David Churbuck

    From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r...I’m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-su...

  • Ann

    Dan Lyons had cracked me up with his book "Busted" and this follow-up didn't disappoint. Whereas "Busted" was a personal memoir of his own experiences in a marketing start-up, this book is more of a s...

  • Iurii

    "In order to impress an employee, first you need to impress the machine" That what I can call scary truth of current industry that is hiding behind very fancy office environments. You can have yoga ro...

  • Brita

    "Two opposing viewpoints are vying for the soul of the corporation. On one side are oligarchs like [Reid] Hoffman and HR mavens like [Netflix's Patty] McCord. On the other side are the companies I cal...