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Flex: Reinventing Work for a Smarter, Happier Life

Flex: Reinventing Work for a Smarter, Happier Life

Written by Annie Auerbach

Narrated by Annie Auerbach


Flex: Reinventing Work for a Smarter, Happier Life

Written by Annie Auerbach

Narrated by Annie Auerbach

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2 hours
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Released:
Feb 23, 2021
ISBN:
9780063059672
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Audiobook

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Description

Seasoned trends forecaster and consultant Annie Auerbach takes a fresh look at women’s professional lives today by rethinking the 9 to 5 in this “no-nonsense guide to thinking and behaving more flexibly in order to have a happier, better, less frenetic life” (Marie Claire)—now widely available for American readers and updated with an author note addressing work in the post-Covid age.

The recent coronavirus outbreak has proven what Annie Auerbach has long championed: working 9-5 in an office doesn’t work for most us. 

It’s time to change the rules.

We can be efficient and productive when we’re allowed the freedom of flexibility—to meet deadlines working during the hours and in the places we choose. But before the coronavirus pandemic, only 47 percent of American workers had access to flexible working options. Annie Auerbach advises major corporations, including Nike, Google, Unilever, and Pepsico. She understands work culture and the needs of employees. The world is changing for working women, but until the recent pandemic, companies turned a blind eye. Now, it’s time to make this change routine.

Auerbach reiterates the importance of leaving the office cubicle behind and explores the realities many women experience working from home and the changes to their daily lives, including the trickle-down effects, from emotional labor to balancing childcare and education with work, to even biohacking the female body’s unique rhythms. 

What happens when women embrace the concept of flex? We become more creative, more strategic with our time and energy, and more engaged with our personal lives. As Auerbach makes clear, we reject “our toxic culture of presenteeism, time-pressure, and ultimately burnout. It helps us escape the army of octopus lady jugglers, crazed with the exhaustion of “having it all.” It allows us to live longer lives more sustainably. It gives us self-worth.”

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Publisher:
Released:
Feb 23, 2021
ISBN:
9780063059672
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Annie Auerbach is a speaker, consultant, brand strategist, and the co-founder of trends agency Starling, which specializes in helping brands understand cultural change in order to stay relevant. Starling's clients include Pepsico, Nike, Google and Unilever, and Auerbach was named a 2019 Timewise Power Founder on #timewisepower50 alongside a range of flex working trailblazers who are changing the future of work. She has worked flexibly for twenty years in many different guises—part-time, remote working, freelancing, through a portfolio career and returning to work after having her two daughters. She lives in London with her family.


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    "Flexing" is different from multitasking, which is usually a bad idea. While the subtitle suggests that this is a business book only, Annie Auerbach shares ideas in this little book about how to flex your work life, your home life, and your online life to make a more fulfilling life in which you are more creative and genuinely productive. Is your life really working for you? Can you make it work for you? What kinds of arrangements to you need to mix up, mashup, flex up in order to make this happen? What myths need challenging or busting? Do you need to rebel? What about your use of technology? Technology can either serve you or it can bog you down. Plenty of suggestions and inspiration between these covers for tuning in to some not-so-obvious solutions and implementing them.Thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins for a free dARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.