We spend a lot of time at work. Work is a very important part of who we are and how we get meaning from life and how we interact with other people. This week's podcast guest, Ian MacRae has always been very interested in the practical implication of how work impact us. In his new book, Myths of Work, he breaks down some of the assumptions, stereotypes and myths that can be holding organisations back. The book, and also our conversation with Ian, provides information about what we currently know about psychology, and how can we translate knowledge into practical insight that anyone can put into work.

In this podcast episode we talk about:

  • What was it that the authors were aiming to achieve through the book?
  • What are the 27 myths? - structure of the book
  • How do these myths influence managers at work?
  • Out of the 27 listed myths in the book, which one did bug Ian the most?
  • Can gender equality contribute to higher performance?
  • What is the most common myth about diversity at the workplace?
  • Why hiring inequality still does exist? Is this still a problem?
  • Last question: one advice to give to a CEO about how he or she can improve the experience of work for their employees, what would be his advice?
"Focus on the facts and get the evidence."

Ian MacRae is an organisational psychologist, researcher and writer. He is the director and co-founder of High Potential Psychology Ltd. His latest book, Myths on Work: The Stereotypes and Assumptions Holding Your Organization Back, co-written by Adrian Furhham, was published in 2017 by Kogan Page.