Hack Your Way to a Promotion
A new kind of hacking is emerging within the workplace, and it doesn't just involve computer systems. It's called "hacking work" - a dynamic that encourages IT employees and other professionals to take greater control of their destinies by finding new ways to perform familiar tasks. According to Bill Jensen and Josh Klein, co-authors of the new book, Hacking Work: Breaking Stupid Rules for Smart Results (Portfolio/available in September), the approach can make a real difference. Some organizations embrace this kind of empowerment among employees, but many others discourage it, remaining committed to bureaucratic, redundant processes that inhibit productivity and creativity. Even in this situation, however, professionals can pursue non-sanctioned innovations under the radar and eventually prove their merits to managers - thus, a successful work "hack." Here's a closer look at what "hacking work" entails, and how it can benefit your career. For more on the book, go to www.hackingwork.com.