Book Review: Work’s a Bitch and then You Make It Work

Work’s a Bitch and then You Make It Work: 6 Steps to Go From Pissed Off to Powerful
Written by Andrea Kay
Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
ISBN10: 1584797088
ISBN13: 9781584797081

Review by Linda Yau

What a mouthful of a title, readers of this review, and this is a self-help book. So do take a look at this book if this book can answer your current situation. The stimulus package promises plenty of jobs, so do not lose hope if this book is currently not for you at the moment.

Andrea Kay promises in the beginning that this is a book that would help you accept, and perhaps change, minor aspects of your job. Work’s a Bitch is also a workbook, so purchasers of this book can mark it up as they go through it. Within six steps, if you read and take heart of the facts that Kay writes of, you are on your way to taking some control of your work life.

To sum up these steps, and probably whet your appetite for more of this book:

Step 1: Take Your Pick: Disillusionment or Naked Truth
Step 2: Enough Already: Lay Down Your Cell Phones and Blackberries
Step 3: Have a Brush with Greatness (Even if No One Notices)
Step 4: Prepare for Hurricanes, Sinkholes, and Manana
Step 5: Develop a Sixth Sense
Step 6: Go Twist and Shout and Shake Things Up

There anecdotes are in the beginning of every chapter, with statistics, quotes, and writing exercises to round out the rest of the chapter. At the end of the book, there is a list of resources where readers can refer to for more information about topics discussed in the book.

This is definitely a feel good reminder book for those who are currently in an office setting. So don’t despair if you don’t have that job, but if you do then can you survive in an environment to test out theories of this book? Also if you want to read more on the author’s other career publications, check out her web page here.