ISBN 9780399165597,The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace

The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace


Ron Friedman


Penguin Books



Penguin Books

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9780399165597

ISBN-10 0399165592

Hard Back

Number of Pages 352 Pages
Language (English)


A groundbreaking, practical guide for fueling workplace happiness, creativity and success based on the latest research from the behavioral sciences.
Why do companies with bigger lunch tables have higher productivity?
What can casinos teach us about creating a happy workplace?
How can renovating an office bathroom boost employees creativity?

In The Best Place to Work, award winning psychologist Ron Friedman, Ph. D. uses the latest research from the fields of psychology, economics, neurobiology, marketing and evolutionary anthropology to reveal what really makes us successful at work.

Integrating powerful stories and cutting edge science, Friedman explains how companies-and every one of the people working in them, from the front lines to the corner office-can leverage proven psychological techniques that naturally lead to smarter thinking, greater innovation and stronger productivity.

Among the many surprising insights, Friedman explains how learning to think like a hostage negotiator can help you diffuse a workplace argument, why hanging a picture of the outdoors near your desk can enhance your thinking and how exercise balls and treadmill desks deplete your cognitive resources. Along the way, the book introduces the man who created the cubicle, the president who took down the nations number one criminal and the violinist whose job interview shocked the worldstories that offer unexpected insights on achieving workplace excellence.


Brimming with counter-intuitive revelations and actionable recommendations, The Best Place to Work offers employees and executives alike game changing advice for turning any organization-regardless of its size, budgets or ambitions-into an extraordinary workplace.