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Managing for Happiness by Jurgen Appelo

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More and more employees enjoy freedom in their choice of working hours, workplaces, and vacation days, while some even have complete freedom in a trust-only work environment. This means face-time between coworkers happens less often and we must learn to give each other constructive feedback in a way that is fast, easy, and . . . written.

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The first time I became a manager at a small company I wondered about a number of things beyond just the size of my monthly salary. I wondered about the size of my end-of-year bonus, the size of my office corner, and how many vacation days I should negotiate with the business owners. One of them said to me, “Why should I care how long you are away from the office? I just want to see a profit at the end of the year.” I remember feeling thrilled at the freedom, trust, and responsibility I was given. After my studies, ...

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