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The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If
They're Real People

“Human Resources,” the First Chapter of Widgets

Widgets first page

Every word in Widgets is locked in. The final files were sent to the printer this week. The jacket design and edits are complete. After three years of research, more than a year of it spent writing and editing, and six months of it spent in pre-production work, it’s done.

Now I can share it. Yesterday we released the first chapter. It’s not among these blog posts, but can be found on the site here. I’d be delighted to hear your reaction.


Widgets is trending as the “#1 New Release in Human Resources & Personnel Management” on Amazon. Not bad for a book just going to press. Stay tuned. We’re just getting started.

If you haven’t checked your New Rules level lately, the link is at the bottom of this page. Take charge of your own “engagement.” Don’t be a widget.

What Your New Rules Index Says About Whether You Should Quit

In September 2013, video producer Marina Shifrin announced her resignation by producing one final video at her job.

“It’s 4:30 a.m. and I am at work,” says the subtitle as the beginning footage shows her setting up the camera to face herself. Then she starts dancing.

“I work for an awesome company that produces news videos. For almost two years I’ve sacrificed my relationships, time, and energy for this job,” say the subtitles as she continues to dance.

“And my boss only cares about quantity and how many views each video gets. So I figured I’d make one of my own to focus on the content instead of worry about the views. Oh, and to let my boss know (dance break) . . .

“I quit.”

Shifrin became a YouTube hit – her video has accumulated 19 million views – and she changed jobs.

The ultimate self-defense technique for an employee who feels she is being treated like a widget is to resign and move on. That leverage was largely lost during the Great Recession. Now that the labor market is strengthening, that leverage is back. Chances are much better than they were a few years ago that you could get out if you wished.

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