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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Flip-Flops and Microwaved Fish: Navigating the Dos and Don'ts of Workplace Culture by Peter Yawitz is a non-fiction self-help book with practical advice for twenty-somethings who are about to embark on their first journey into the professional world. Yawitz dishes out advice as 'Someone else's dad' and covers the whole gamut of topics, everything from what to wear and what to say (hint: knock it off with the “literally” and the “yeah, no”), to work presentations, business trips, and managing the managers. The whole compilation is written in a straightforward, informative, and witty narrative...just like the kind of advice you'd get from a kind uncle or someone else's dad.
Flip-Flops and Microwaved Fish is the book I got to read twenty years too late. There is a great deal I've lost track of and even more that I didn't even know—partly because they weren't issues when I was climbing the ladder, and partly because nobody ever told me. Peter Yawitz sets the record straight and does so effectively and with a lot of panache. My favorite chapter was on writing emails, particularly having just received one today from a utility company that contained a smiling emoji. Shall I send him a copy of this book? You betcha. I'll also be giving one to my teen daughter as required reading, and believe this to be an excellent resource for anyone who is about to, or knows someone who is about to enter the workforce for the first time. Highly recommended.