Summary of 45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy*

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45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy* book summary
Make a few of these mistakes at work and you might lose your job. Make all 45 and your boss will exterminate you.


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The coal mine canary was a low-tech but effective early warning device that miners used to detect dangerous poison gases in the mineshafts. Anita Bruzzese performs a similar warning function for the modern workplace. Since 1992, she has written about its various ills, as well as reporting on general workplace topics in her popular, insightful weekly column “On the Job.” To develop her book, Bruzzese culled through hundreds of letters she received from workers asking for advice about problems they encounter at work (many of which they create themselves). Bruzzese is a leading authority on all things office-related. getAbstract suggests that she can teach you a lot about what constitutes acceptable – and not so acceptable – workplace behavior. This book is ideal for any employee who wants to know what mistakes to avoid in order to stay in the boss’s good graces and to get ahead at work.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why your organization and your boss want you to get ahead at work;
  • Why you should work hard to please your manager; and
  • Which 45 mistakes will make your boss red in the face.


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About the Author

Anita Bruzzese writes the “On the Job” column, which has eight million weekly readers. It is published by the Gannett News Service and appears in USA Today.

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