Career-boosting books to give, or to keep

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Most of us spend an average of 2,080 hours at work each year, our noses pressed firmly to the proverbial grindstone. And that doesn’t count the occasional all-nighter we have to pull when a deadline is about to be missed, or the constant texts, e-mails and message alerts.

For the lucky ones, it’s in the name of doing something they love, saving the world, or making a mint. But that’s not the case for most people. So how do we make our jobs less frustrating, more enjoyable and free of the stumbling blocks that can suck the joy out of the other 6,680 hours each year that are supposed to belong to us?These six books that could prove insightful.

For the workaholic

“It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy at Work” Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson (HarperBusiness ) $27.99
This is for the guy or gal who can’t pull themselves away from work, even when they’re supposed to be watching their kid play ball, enjoying a movie with a friend or getting a good’s night sleep. The authors challenge those who can’t resist checking their phones every time they buzz to stick with the task at hand instead.

Forget FOMO (fear of missing out) and embrace JOMO (joy of missing out). At the very least, this book will make workaholics consider whether the old grind is wearing them down without returning rewards that are worth the sacrifice.

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