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If you’ve ever wondered about how your workplace came to be as it is, or where the work ethic comes from, you’ll love Richard Donkin’s absorbing exploration of the history of work. From the caveman to the man in pinstripes, he covers it all in a journey that also includes plenty of wit and wisdom. Delving deeply into societies of every era, the book’s strength lies in its context and insight. Donkin even provides a good "a-ha!" or two in each chapter, you know, those moments when you smile, nod and say, "Oh, so that’s where that comes from." getAbstract highly recommends this book to all workers, from hunter-gatherers to CEOs.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the nature of work has evolved throughout history;
  • Why skills in some fields have diminished over the years; and
  • How management theory and psychological study have influenced workplace practices.

About the Author

Richard Donklin is a leading columnist and writer for the Financial Times . He regularly appears on radio and contributed to other leading magazines on issues relating to business.



The Nature of Work
The nature of work has changed drastically over the centuries. Most changes have been the result of revolutionary shifts that also affected the way people live and behave. Three major watersheds dominate the evolution of work. The first was the agrarian revolution, when...

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