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Work is bad enough, but what if things go really wrong? The Worst-Case Scenario authors come to the rescue with expert advice for surviving dozens of nightmare on-the-job scenarios, whether in the office or on the loading dock. From savage bike messengers to a bag of pretzels stuck in the lunchroom vending machine, peril is everywhere. Learn how to sneak out of a meeting, Work is bad enough, but what if things go really wrong? The Worst-Case Scenario authors come to the rescue with expert advice for surviving dozens of nightmare on-the-job scenarios, whether in the office or on the loading dock. From savage bike messengers to a bag of pretzels stuck in the lunchroom vending machine, peril is everywhere. Learn how to sneak out of a meeting, treat a deep-fryer burn, and survive a stockroom avalanche. Expertly remove a dent from the company car, extract a tie caught in the photocopier, and survive a workplace romance. Hands-on, step-by-step instructions guide you through these and other crises that can strike between 9 and 5, or on the swing shift. With an appendix of useful interview phrases, a career-path decoder, instructions for playing Jargon Bingo, and more, this is the one desk reference you can't live without.


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Work is bad enough, but what if things go really wrong? The Worst-Case Scenario authors come to the rescue with expert advice for surviving dozens of nightmare on-the-job scenarios, whether in the office or on the loading dock. From savage bike messengers to a bag of pretzels stuck in the lunchroom vending machine, peril is everywhere. Learn how to sneak out of a meeting, Work is bad enough, but what if things go really wrong? The Worst-Case Scenario authors come to the rescue with expert advice for surviving dozens of nightmare on-the-job scenarios, whether in the office or on the loading dock. From savage bike messengers to a bag of pretzels stuck in the lunchroom vending machine, peril is everywhere. Learn how to sneak out of a meeting, treat a deep-fryer burn, and survive a stockroom avalanche. Expertly remove a dent from the company car, extract a tie caught in the photocopier, and survive a workplace romance. Hands-on, step-by-step instructions guide you through these and other crises that can strike between 9 and 5, or on the swing shift. With an appendix of useful interview phrases, a career-path decoder, instructions for playing Jargon Bingo, and more, this is the one desk reference you can't live without.

30 review for The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Work

  1. 4 out of 5

    YoSafBridg

    From the self-same people (Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht) who brought you The WORST-CASE SCENARIO Survival Handbook and all of the many speciality themed "WORST-CASE SCENARIO Survival Handbooks" to follow comes The WORST-CASE SCENARIO Survival Handbook: WORK. Now i remember seeing this WORST-CASE SCENARIO thingy in the bookstore where i worked when it first came out, and at that time it was shelved in humour, then at some point it was switched to where-ever we shelved the survival books (cam From the self-same people (Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht) who brought you The WORST-CASE SCENARIO Survival Handbook and all of the many speciality themed "WORST-CASE SCENARIO Survival Handbooks" to follow comes The WORST-CASE SCENARIO Survival Handbook: WORK. Now i remember seeing this WORST-CASE SCENARIO thingy in the bookstore where i worked when it first came out, and at that time it was shelved in humour, then at some point it was switched to where-ever we shelved the survival books (camping/hunting or some such); and the books that followed were shelved in college life, dating/sex, golf, holidays, travel, wedding guides, or whatever. Now, while i suppose they do offer some valuable information, i'm not sure how much of it one might retain in a truly emergency/crisis situation; and most of them remain mostly humourous/entertaining reads to me (for instance: how many of us will really find ourselves trapped in a lion cage in our daily workaday lives~unless we perhaps worked with lions in our daily workaday lives in which case i think one might already have procedures in place for such scenarios~i don't know; nor do i really forsee many scenarios where one might be interviewing for a job as a neurosurgeon when one lacks all qualifications for such a position and needs to fake one's way through the interview~again i COULD be wrong~and in this case i really hope i'm not~at least i hope those hospital boards check their references on this one!) In addition to offering advice on how to get (or at least interview for) a job you are not qualified for; tips are also offered for identifying a nightmare workplace (before you start working there); how to disguise a tattoo or piercing (as well as how to fake it for those ultra-trendy jobs); how to deal with nightmare-bosses, co-workers, and customers (i think perhaps more room could be devoted to this section if this were, in fact, a serious work); how to survive the office picnic (and what to do if you become intoxicated); make an impromptu toast; how to survive an office romance; how to make it in tiny spaces (cubies, truck cabs, and tollbooths); how to sneak out of a meeting (the part about crawling under the table is truly inspired...); how to cover your mistakes; what to do when you're caught slacking; how to pretend you are better than you are, and how to avoid downsizing. Then there are the "emergencies" the aforementioned trapped in a lioncage (as well as the bathroom, supply closet, and walk-in freezer); workplace injuries covered are a stapled finger (first remove the staple...), deep-fryer burn (first remove your hand...Really. ?. ? .), and finger cut on Deli slicer; how to retrieve a candy bar stuck in a machine; how to thwart a lunch thief, how to spot a shoplifter (pretty basic if you've ever worked retail); how to remove a tie trapped in the document feeder; how to fix a dented company vehicle; how to restore a shredded document, how to unclog the office toilet without a plunger; how to escape a stockroom avalanche; and how to clean up an aisle spill. Finally they include jargon and the "I Quit" letter. Somewhat entertaining but that's about it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Pledger

    This has some pretty crazy scenarios that I hope to never be in! There are a few practical scenarios, but it's mostly good for a laugh. This has some pretty crazy scenarios that I hope to never be in! There are a few practical scenarios, but it's mostly good for a laugh.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    Mildly amusing. I listened to it on my commute, and it's only 2 CDs long, which is about the amount of time I was willing to devote to it. Mildly amusing. I listened to it on my commute, and it's only 2 CDs long, which is about the amount of time I was willing to devote to it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jora

    Mildly amusing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Levitt

    Love this book. Am a little biased as I’m one of the contributors.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Not fantastic, very hodge-podge, questionably-useful advice. I get that it's probably a book intended to be bought as a gift rather than actually read, but.... Not fantastic, very hodge-podge, questionably-useful advice. I get that it's probably a book intended to be bought as a gift rather than actually read, but....

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael Tadlock

    This was an interesting read. I’m not sure if this was the best way to start reading The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, but it didn’t require a lot of time commitment and it was occasionally funny—so I don’t feel like I wasted my time reading it. I was surprised that the structure was about 55% absurdist suggestions that you should never do if you’d like to stay employed (i.e. “How to Get a Job You’re Not Qualified For”; “How to Enhance Your Stature”; “How to Sneak Out of a Meetin This was an interesting read. I’m not sure if this was the best way to start reading The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, but it didn’t require a lot of time commitment and it was occasionally funny—so I don’t feel like I wasted my time reading it. I was surprised that the structure was about 55% absurdist suggestions that you should never do if you’d like to stay employed (i.e. “How to Get a Job You’re Not Qualified For”; “How to Enhance Your Stature”; “How to Sneak Out of a Meeting”) but also 45% legitimate advice (i.e. “How to Deal with a Nightmare Customer”; “How to Spot a Shoplifter”)—which leads to questioning who the attended audience is for a handbook like this. My original assessment of the series—that it’s the gag gift you buy someone who will only read it in the bathroom—is probably accurate.

  8. 5 out of 5

    HeavyReader

    This is one of the less useful book in the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbooks. I'm not going to try to get a job as a forklift operator or a brain surgeon, so I don't really need to know how to fake my way through a job interview for one of those positions. And if I have to clean up on aisle 7, will I really have time to read the appropriate entry before heading to the spill? I think not. But it's good to know the resource is out there if I ever need it. This is one of the less useful book in the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbooks. I'm not going to try to get a job as a forklift operator or a brain surgeon, so I don't really need to know how to fake my way through a job interview for one of those positions. And if I have to clean up on aisle 7, will I really have time to read the appropriate entry before heading to the spill? I think not. But it's good to know the resource is out there if I ever need it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    A how-to book to guide one through workplace mishaps. Although some are dreadfully typical of office life, the humorous descriptions of surviving being trapped in a lion cage, escaping a locked bathroom and extricating a tie from a copier feeder made this a fun read. If by the end of the book the reader decides a new job is in order, a sample resignation letter is located at the end of the book. A quick easy read, with a few good laughable moments mixed in.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Sweezy

    I think the chapter on handling difficult people is actually pretty good info. And if the "how to get a job you aren't qualified for" part is accurate, then, hello CEO position in my future! (Kidding) I think the chapter on handling difficult people is actually pretty good info. And if the "how to get a job you aren't qualified for" part is accurate, then, hello CEO position in my future! (Kidding)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Noah Sturdevant

    Most of this information was either outdated, common sense, or stupid and liable to get you in trouble or fired.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Entertaining. It's a quick easy read. I will defiantly make copies of the jargon bingo in the back of the book for my next meeting :) Entertaining. It's a quick easy read. I will defiantly make copies of the jargon bingo in the back of the book for my next meeting :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    SmarterLilac

    Good, but not as good as the original.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Cute, actually holds some validity. Just a skim through read. Would be a fun gift for someone about to start a job search.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Very silly in some places, but with sound advice as well. This is something to dip into rather than read cover to cover, but I enjoyed it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    mobileguy

    Cute but not overly helpful Not a serious overview of the subject A bit dated (mentions beepers and CD players, for example) Was hoping for some honest advice

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Getts

    Just what you need to read during a couple of days off. I'm working, why? Just what you need to read during a couple of days off. I'm working, why?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amond

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessicka

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tom

  21. 4 out of 5

    Allie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mallory

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mattias Indy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Costas

  26. 4 out of 5

    Crnbryeggshls

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angel

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

  29. 5 out of 5

    Randy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kent

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