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Am I the Only Sane One Working Here?

Albert Bernstein’s great, easy-to-read reference book on office insanity is a must-have in any manager’s library.

Am I the Only Sane One Working Here?: 101 Solutions for Surviving Office Insanity

This isn’t the sort of book that you read cover to cover, and hopefully your office isn’t so toxic that you would need to read every page. Yet the book is filled with little gems and practical tips for coping with a day that’s filled with lies, craziness, random rules and failing companies. Embedded in the tips is some real MBA-style strategy (Theory X of motivation versus Theory Y, for example), so this book is not a light-weight. And while the title is humorous, the content mostly is not. Part 5 of the book is about “useful workplace skills”, such as how to fake a positive attitude and how to ask for a raise, which are skills that anyone can benefit from. But if you have serious problems, like a coworker who is depressed (survival scenario #22), or there is toxic gossip (#51), or your boss is a bully (#18), then this is a great, easy-to-read reference book.