The Joy of Work: Dilbert's Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-Workers

by Scott Adams

Harper Collins Canada Ltd. | September 30, 1998 | Hardcover

The Joy of Work: Dilbert's Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-Workers is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
"I cried because I did not have an office with a door, until I met a man who had no cubicle."
-- Dilbert

A message from Scott Adams:

I think the next wave of office design will focus on eliminating the only remaining obstacle to office productivity: your happiness. Happiness isn't a physical thing, like walls and doors. But it's closely related. Managers know that if they can eliminate all traces of happiness, the employees won't be so picky about their physical surroundings. Once you're hopelessly unhappy, you won't bother to complain if your boss rolls you up in a tight ball and crams you into a cardboard box.

As soon as I noticed this disturbing threat to workplace happiness, I did some investigative work and discovered it wasn't confined to the issue of office design. Companies were making a direct frontal assault on employee happiness in every possible way! I knew there was only one thing that could stop the horror.

It was time for another Dilbert book.

It might sound corny, but I felt an obligation to society. People told me it was time for me to "give something back to the community." This scared me, until I realized that no one knows I furnished my house with street signs and park benches. So I interpreted the "give something back to the community" message as a plea for me to write this book and then charge the community to read it.

In the first part of this book I will tell you how to find happiness at the expense of your co-workers, managers, customers, and--best of all--those lazy stockholders. The second part of the book teaches you my top-secret methods for mining humor out of ordinary situations, thus making it easier to mock the people around you. The third part of the book is made entirely of invisible pages. If the book seems heavier than it looks, that's why.

Office Prank #44: Sounds That Drive Co-workers Crazy

You can produce sounds in the office that will drive your co-workers insane. That can be very entertaining. Every co-worker is different, so you might have to experiment to find the sounds that are most annoying to your cubicle neighbor. It's worth the effort.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages

Published: September 30, 1998

Publisher: Harper Collins Canada Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887308716

ISBN - 13: 9780887308710

save 4%

  • Out of stock online

$3.49  ea

$3.49 List Price

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Item can only be shipped in Canada

Downloads instantly to your kobo or other ereading device. See details

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from The funniest book I've read This book was very funny. There were some of the funniest practical jokes in the book.There were also lots of comic strips to. I laghed my head off. This book is my favourite Dilbert book.
Date published: 2001-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Joy of Work Dilbert business sense strikes again in this entertaining - though not entirely relevant - framework for dealing with modern business. This book is hilarious, not just because of the obvious Dilbertisms throughout, but because of all the great pranks, stories and letters sent in by readers, proving that we all hold little vindictive grudges against our bosses (except me, of course). If nothing else, it's a great guide to getting even the day before your resignation papers hit the desk.
Date published: 1999-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good tips This is another book in essay form interspersed with cartoons. One of my favorite headings has something to do with how to drive your coworkers crazy and profit from it. Well, perhaps quite not that bad, but there is worthwhile advice in here, as well as brief accounts of Scott's background when he relates an anecdote about his former coworkers.
Date published: 1999-02-01

– More About This Product –

The Joy of Work: Dilbert's Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-Workers

The Joy of Work: Dilbert's Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-Workers

by Scott Adams

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages

Published: September 30, 1998

Publisher: Harper Collins Canada Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887308716

ISBN - 13: 9780887308710

From the Publisher

"I cried because I did not have an office with a door, until I met a man who had no cubicle."
-- Dilbert

A message from Scott Adams:

I think the next wave of office design will focus on eliminating the only remaining obstacle to office productivity: your happiness. Happiness isn't a physical thing, like walls and doors. But it's closely related. Managers know that if they can eliminate all traces of happiness, the employees won't be so picky about their physical surroundings. Once you're hopelessly unhappy, you won't bother to complain if your boss rolls you up in a tight ball and crams you into a cardboard box.

As soon as I noticed this disturbing threat to workplace happiness, I did some investigative work and discovered it wasn't confined to the issue of office design. Companies were making a direct frontal assault on employee happiness in every possible way! I knew there was only one thing that could stop the horror.

It was time for another Dilbert book.

It might sound corny, but I felt an obligation to society. People told me it was time for me to "give something back to the community." This scared me, until I realized that no one knows I furnished my house with street signs and park benches. So I interpreted the "give something back to the community" message as a plea for me to write this book and then charge the community to read it.

In the first part of this book I will tell you how to find happiness at the expense of your co-workers, managers, customers, and--best of all--those lazy stockholders. The second part of the book teaches you my top-secret methods for mining humor out of ordinary situations, thus making it easier to mock the people around you. The third part of the book is made entirely of invisible pages. If the book seems heavier than it looks, that's why.

Office Prank #44: Sounds That Drive Co-workers Crazy

You can produce sounds in the office that will drive your co-workers insane. That can be very entertaining. Every co-worker is different, so you might have to experiment to find the sounds that are most annoying to your cubicle neighbor. It's worth the effort.

About the Author

Scott Adams, Cartoonist Scott Adams was born and raised in Windham, New York in the Catskill Mountains. He received a B.A. in economics from Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a certified hypnotist. Adams worked in a bank for eight years and, while a bank teller, was robbed twice at gunpoint. He also worked for Pacific Bell for nine years and describes both jobs as "humiliating and low paying jobs." It was during this time, that Adams created the character Dilbert. He was entertaining himself during meetings by drawing insulting cartoons of his co-workers and bosses. In 1988, he mailed some sample comic strips featuring Dilbert to some major cartoon syndicates. He was offered a contract and Dilbert was launched in approximately fifty papers in 1989. Adams began working on Dilbert full time as well as speaking, writing, doing interviews, and designing artwork for licensed products. Dilbert is published in over 1,200 newspapers and has a hard cover business book called "The Dilbert Principle."

From Our Editors

Office life got you down? Sshh, not so loud - your supervisor will hear. I know, I know. Same routines. No autonomy. No room for your coffee with all that work on your desk. Not that you can have coffee near company equipment, anyway. But how would you survive your day without it? Well, you could try The Joy of Work. It's ingenious. Your overlords will think it's a self-improvement book. Only you'll know it's actually a collection of Dilbert cartoons and tips for livening up the work day.