101 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR JOB by George with Joanne Summerfield de Mare

101 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR JOB

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A little (wordy) bit about everything. The timely pitch is making the most--or the best--of the job you have. The method is a proliferation of lists: not only ""twenty things you should know about doing a job, thirty things you should know about an organization and its people, thirty things you should know about whether you have the right job and are being paid enough and things you can do if you are being unfairly treated""; but, in addition, four ""techniques for plugging into the grapevine,"" five ""characteristics of women successful in the male-dominated work world,"" etc., etc. The advice is a compendium of undigested commonplaces, with no fixed point of view except perhaps a penchant for straddling the fence. (E.g., ""Managing both a home and a career means: 1. Planning so that there is time apportioned to each, even if this requires compromise in both areas. 2. Not bringing family matters into the workplace. 3. Not allowing your work and your career to overwhelm your family life."") Some of what de Mare has to say is indisputable, and occasional pointers could even be valuable. It is wise, as he notes, ""to step out and look at the market for people with your background, experience, and skills from time to time""; certain sources can, as he suggests, help you learn if you're being paid what you're worth. But this to-leave-or-to-stay material, which particularly reflects de Mare's corporate experience, is just as fragmentary, talky, and equivocating as the rest. (""Do not sit still forever""; ""all things being equal, try to stay the course."") As job counseling manuals go, a poor business.

Pub Date: Jan. 16th, 1983
Publisher: McGraw-Hill