There's some interesting books from the world of business and beyond, either out recently or forthcoming, that are worth getting your hands on in January 2022.
Here's five that we'd recommend.
- The End of Burnout: Why Work Drains Us and How to Build Better Lives
by Jonathan Malesic
(Forthcoming, 1 February 2022)
- A Brief History of Equality
by Thomas Piketty
(Forthcoming, 19 April 2022)
- Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How it Changes Us
by Brian Klaas
- Emotional: The New Thinking About Feelings
by Leonard Mlodinow
- How to Find the Right Words: a guide to delivering life's most awkward messages
by The School of Life
And below is an outline of the books:
The End of Burnout: Why Work Drains Us and How to Build Better Lives
by Jonathan Malesic
Forthcoming, 1 February 2022
Going beyond the how and why of burnout, a former tenured professor combines academic methods and first-person experience to propose new ways for resisting our cultural obsession with work and transforming our vision of human flourishing.
Burnout has become our go-to term for talking about the pressure and dissatisfaction we experience at work. But because we don't really understand what burnout means, the discourse does little to help workers who are suffering from exhaustion and despair. Jonathan Malesic was one of those workers, and to escape he quit his job as a tenured professor. In The End of Burnout , he dives into the history and psychology of burnout, traces the origin of the high ideals we bring to our dismal jobs, and profiles the individuals and communities who are already resisting our cultural commitment to constant work.
In The End of Burnout , Malesic traces his own history as someone who burned out of a tenured job to frame this rigorous investigation of how and why so many of us feel worn out, alienated, and useless in our work. Through research on the science, culture, and philosophy of burnout, Malesic explores the gap between our vocation and our jobs, and between the ideals we have for work and the reality of what we have to do. He eschews the usual prevailing wisdom in confronting burnout ("Learn to say no!" "Practice mindfulness!") to examine how our jobs have been constructed as a symbol of our value and our total identity. Beyond looking at what drives burnout-unfairness, a lack of autonomy, a breakdown of community, mismatches of values-this book spotlights groups that are addressing these failures of ethics. We can look to communities of monks, employees of a Dallas nonprofit, intense hobbyists, and artists with disabilities to see the possibilities for resisting a "total work" environment and the paths to recognizing the dignity of workers and nonworkers alike. In this critical yet deeply humane book, Malesic offers the vocabulary we need to recognize burnout, overcome burnout culture, and find moral significance in our lives beyond work.
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