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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
In many ways, I consider myself a typical writer in that I have worked a lot of different jobs. Some of them I have liked and others I could not stand, at least not for long. The workplace environment had a lot to do with whether I considered a job good or bad. I have thought about the workplace environment a lot, a result of being born into the working class. But I have never studied those environments with the thought of improving them. Neil Usher has. As a person who has worked his entire life, let me say that his ideas make sense. If they were put into practice tomorrow, productivity and worker well-being would increase the day after. In The Elemental Workplace, Neil Usher shows us exactly how to do that. The subtitle of this book is The 12 Elements for Creating a Fantastic Workplace For Everyone. Neil then shows us, in a logical step-by-step approach, how to create a space that is better than what we probably have now.
The Elemental Workplace is first and foremost well thought out. It makes sense. It is a plan to tackle a particular problem. I like that approach. Secondly, it is well written. I could even say beautifully written, but the word beautiful is not connected to work in my working class American mind. The Elemental Workplace is funny in the appropriate places, but it is practical in every single paragraph. It is very well organized and constructed, and the ideas are presented in a logical flow that keeps the reader learning, engaged, and moving forward. The book is here. The plan is present. I just hope that workers, managers, and owners throughout the world read it and put it into practice.