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The Joy of Work: Dilbert's Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-Workers

(Dilbert: Business #4)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,708 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Egomaniacal bosses. Stupid coworkers. Boring routines. Corporate America has become a wasteland of tedium and soulless drudgery that just sucks the life force out of your body and reduces you into a mindless, stressed-out drone. No more.

It's time to let the creative juices run over -- Dilbert style. In this latest foray into the pre-posterous world of business, America's f
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 8th 1999 by HarperPerennial (first published September 23rd 1998)
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Katy Mann
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Scott Adams autographed my copy. He drew a Dogbert on the title page. Love it!
Doc Opp
Jun 01, 2008 rated it liked it
After reading the Dilbert Principle and the Dilbert Future (both brilliant), I was inspired to read the next in the series. It was something of a disappointment. There are a lot of pearls of wisdom and humor in there. Scott Adams is an insightful observer of the human condition, a creative thinker and has a predilection for puns, which make all his work fun reading. But while the previous two were a bit Machiavellian at times, this one was often downright mean spirited. There can be humor in oth ...more
K.D. Absolutely
May 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humour
This introduced me to Dilbert Principles. I enjoyed the comic strips that I even bought the other Dilbert books and even got some calendars when I went to the USA. Some scenarios are very "american" though but mostly are funny and depict common though sometimes weird office situations.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute read. Some outdated jokes here and there, especially regarding the technology at that time, but replace it with any modern device and the jokes still stand.
Siddharth Taneja
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Dilbert- The joy of work

Scott Adams understands office life better than most, a lot of ideas on survival are wicked and he has a knack of exaggeration which is extremely funny. There is also a lot of truth in what he writes, here are some truths

1) A meeting is essentially a group of people staring at visual aids until the electrochemical activity in their brain ceases, at which point decisions are made. Let's face it sometimes we sit in a single meeting for more hours than required

2) Nothing can
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was an aweomse book. Highly entertaining and enjoyable at the same time, and the more you hate your job/workplace, the more glee you can take out of this book.

One of the best part of this book is the pranks; it gives you varying ideas of workplace pranks that you'd feel it a pity if you don't at least use/execute 1. But then again, you can always pick a few and execute them when it's your last day at work, and pick the more elaborate ones when it's your last day before retirement. For me, I
Krishna Kumar
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Like everyone working in technology, I love Dilbert, the comic strip by Scott Adams. Dilbert takes us into the world of the horrors of stupid, incompetent management and their evil and brainless schemes to exploit workers. Almost everything that Scott Adams writes can be found in real life – the clueless managers, the cliched mission statements, the unrealistic deadlines. Many aspects of the operations of a company (marketing, sales, management) are viewed through the eyes of sarcasm. It is unfo ...more
Jan 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who don't mind bad language, etc. And want a good laugh
Shelves: comics
This book is funny. It has a few swear words; just want to make sure you're clear on that. It also has some rude humor and parts I neither understand nor have the desire to do so.
But if you can get past the iffy stuff, you'll enjoy the rest of the book. It has a section devoted to Office Pranks (I'm not saying you should do them, particularly on me), it talks about surviving meetings (some techniques of which may apply to school), and explains bosses and coworkers... I could go on and on. Once
J. King
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, printed
I first picked up this book hoping for a humorous view of the alpha-male, "baboon" society so prevalent in human political organizations (like corporations). In his trademark style, Scott Adams came through. From the very beginning, he had me rolling on the floor laughing, and I believe he even used the word "baboon" once or twice. But toward the last third of the book, he really began to shine, as he began to explain, in an ironic twist, how to stimulate your creativity, how to write funny joke ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it

Stealing someone else's book for a summer on-the-go read hasn't been funnier.
I loved that it took place years ago so that all the advice that was given about the fax machine and making phone calls should you be lucky enough to own a cellular device made it all the more funny :D

Thank you Scott Adams for being my first book of the summer and my first book that I read in a long time on my own choice and not because I needed it for school, for a friend or for a dea
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Better than the Dilbert Principle. Much better. Actual useful aspects that got me to think about how I spend my life mostly working and whether its a particularly good way to live.


The last third of the book is more autobiographical. Scott adams spends a lot of time giving advice basically to people who want to be Scott Adams. How to come up funny, how to keep creativity up, and so on. He also spends 10 pages bashing the guy who wrote a book to bash him.

This part isnt necessarily bad, bu
Grey Liliy
I remember the day Dilbert became was the day I started working a cubicle. A half-cubicle, mind you, but still a small corner with fake walls. XD

Either way, found this book on my Dad's shelf and decided to give it a read. I enjoyed it. Adams has a witty, dry sort of humor that comes out in his writing more fully than it does in the comic strips.

He's amusing, and I got a few laughs. It was worth the read. :)
Dec 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphical
Scott Adams brings us a collection of the much beloved Dilbert shorts, fused with his experiences, musings and observations of a typical office. Although slightly americo-centric, Adams delights with the universal language of the workplace and provides us with a cornicopia of amusing advice I'd advise not to follow if you value your job!
Ed C
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour
A great guide to finding humour at work, even if it's not the sort of thing you're actually going to try yourself. Peppered with appropriate Dilbert strips and with a sprinkling of real-life anecdotes, Adams provides a wondersouly amusing look at office life that can't help but make any white-collar worker smile throughout.
HanSun Woo
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Last year when there was book fair opened I bought this book because thought it was a comic book which it wasn't . This book was epic and fun because it has comic and some writing how to finish work positively and how to work happy and delight al the time while your working and other fun facts and know hows were in this book so I really enjoyed it
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
This was absolutely hilarious. THIS is what I went looking for (and did NOT find) in The Dilbert Principle. It was chock-full of Scott Adams' over-the-top analogies and side-splitting hilarity. Honestly, before working in any office, potential applicants should read this. The letters from his readers, again, were a little boring, but his writing more than made up for them.
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a genuinely funny book which will especially appeal to anyone who has worked in an office. The cartoons are succinct, the premises ridiculous to the point of wonderful silliness and the writing true enough for office workers and managers, especially the competent or woefully administered, to read and go ‘ah, I know!’.
Suleman Ali
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: humour
The Joy of Work is another Dilbert Business book and as with the others, it is fun and enjoyable look at the world of business and the office politics.

The book includes many Dilbert comics which add further humour to Adams observations.

I enjoyed this book and found it similar in quality to the other Dilbert business books.
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Even on the second read, this remains one of my favourite Dilbert's books. After reading the comic for a decade, there is not much novelty that I found on the first read but still a lot of laughs. Hopefully, will read again after another decade of memory loss!
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this at our rented beach house. Starts out pretty great then fades towards the end...

Favorite: "Trying to win an argument with an irrational person is like trying to teach a cat to snorkel by providing written instructions."
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. It was funny because it was true. Adams captures how every office worker feels and shed some humour on it. I have tried some of the techniques myself which was not as much appreciated by my boss and coworkers.
Le Petit
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
It is a look on how to improve office life and happiness...the Dilbert way. The book was an okay read, I loved the comic strips more than the written part and was tempted several times to simply read the strips and skip the rest, but I didn't so at times it was quite slow but overall not bad.
Jay Nair
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Well...what can you add to a book by Scott Adams. Like he says in the foreword, many of his supposed to be 'over-the-top' jokes keep on happening all the time in Organizations quite regularly.

A tongue-in-cheek take on the serious world of Corporate work. Enjoyable.
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
This book was exactly what I expected it to be. If you're a fan of other Dilbert works, I'm sure you'll enjoy this. It was fairly easy to read, with quite a few comics and other inserts to break up the text. The same cynical humor is present.
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
really funny pranks in this book
Sean Evans
The Joy of Work : Dilbert's Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-Workers by Scott Adams (1998)
Jan 03, 2010 rated it liked it
One word - hilarious!
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Very funny, yet with real insights about people and humor underneath. I didn't mean to reread this book... I just was flipping through it and ended up reading the whole thing again.
Anuradha HR
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Always a pleasure reading Scott. I wonder how he gets it so right all the time............
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
you will be lol :D while reading it
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Adams was born in Windham, New York in 1957 and received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Hartwick College in 1979.

He also studied economics and management for his 1986 MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

In recent years, Ada

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