The No Club Putting a stop to women's dead-end work

Linda Babcock, 1961-

Book - 2022

"A practical, timely guide for bringing gender equity to the workplace: unburden women's careers from work that goes unrewarded."--

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New York : Simon & Schuster 2022.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Physical Description
309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-288) and index.
Main Author
Linda Babcock, 1961- (author)
Other Authors
Brenda Peyser (author), Lise Vesterlund, Laurie R. (Laurie Ruttenberg) Weingart, 1962-
  • The No Club
  • What are non-promotable tasks?
  • Women are burdened with non-promotable tasks
  • Why do women say yes?
  • Why do women get asked?
  • The cost of non-promotable work
  • The No Club playbook
  • Optimize your portfolio of work
  • Organizations benefit when employees share non-promotable work
  • How to seed change in your organization
  • Managing non-promotable work to advance women and organizations
  • What we've learned
  • Appendix: How to start a No Club
  • Glossary of terms.
Review by Booklist Reviews

How do women employees so often get roped into nonproductive, nonpromotable tasks at work? It could be chairing an affinity group, organizing an after-work celebration, or leading a group charged with conference planning. This book's four professor-authors, friends who work in the fields of economics and communications, started the original "No Club" out of their own frustration with this issue; here they help to define what Rosabeth Moss Kanter dubbed "office housework" and showcase the detriment it causes to both individuals and organizations. Almost every chapter includes some sort of personal exercise aimed at understanding the true cost of commitments and the toll they take on everything from family to mental health. The authors' research and subsequent how-tos are outstanding. Women uniformly do more nonpromotable tasks than men do, the authors prove, before underscoring how to say no and pragmatically outlining how to move an organization's culture away from such tasks. Heads nodding? The advice proffered here will last a work-time. Appended with "How to Start a ‘No Club,'" a glossary of terms, references, and notes. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Whether they're being asked to chair a committee or bring coffee to a meeting, women need to learn to say no, argue economics professor Babcock, former communications professor Brenda Peyser, economics professor Lise Vesterlund, and organizational professor Laurie R. Weingart in this forceful if cursory guide. For many women, the authors write, the real time-sucks are the "non-promotable tasks" that don't help with career advancement. This dead-end work is sometimes allocated unconsciously—women, for example, are asked disproportionately to take meeting notes—and sometimes due to misguided equity efforts, as when a university proudly announced that its committees were made up of 50% women, but its faculty skewed male so women had to serve on more than double the committees as men did. From a law firm associate who missed billable hours to help with recruitment to a bartender who lost tips while training staff, the authors provide dozens of examples of the non–career-advancing work that eats up women's time, though to diminishing effect. They offer advice, too, such as how to figure out which tasks are promotable and which aren't, how to avoid the negative repercussions of saying no, and how managers can redistribute work. The advice is solid stuff, but the authors' tendency to restate their case and flood the book with predictable examples make end up making the going rather slow. This is likely to leave readers wanting. (May) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University presents a practical guide for bringing gender equity to the workplace and how women can overcome the hurdles of being tasked with work that often goes unrewarded.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University presents a practical guide for bringing gender equity to the workplace and how women can overcome the hurdles of being tasked with work that often goes unrewarded. 75,000 first printing. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In this “long overdue manifesto on gender equality in the workplace, a practical playbook with tips you can put into action immediately…simply priceless” (Angela Duckworth, bestselling author of Grit), The No Club offers a timely solution to achieving equity at work: unburden women’s careers from work that goes unrewarded. The No Club started when four women, crushed by endless to-do lists, banded together to get their work lives under control. Running faster than ever, they still trailed behind male colleagues. And so, they vowed to say no to requests that pulled them away from the work that mattered most to their careers. This book reveals how their over-a-decade-long journey and subsequent groundbreaking research showing that women everywhere are unfairly burdened with “non-promotable work,” a tremendous problem we can—and must—solve.All organizations have work that no one wants to do: planning the office party, screening interns, attending to that time-consuming client, or simply helping others with their work. A woman, most often, takes on these tasks. In study after study, professors Linda Babcock (bestselling author of Women Don’t Ask), Brenda Peyser, Lise Vesterlund, and Laurie Weingart—the original “No Club”—document that women are disproportionately asked and expected to do this work. The imbalance leaves women overcommitted and underutilized as companies forfeit revenue, productivity, and top talent.The No Club walks you through how to change your workload, empowering women to make savvy decisions about the work they take on. The authors also illuminate how organizations can reassess how they assign and reward work to level the playing field. With hard data, personal anecdotes from women of all stripes, self- and workplace-assessments for immediate use, and innovative advice from the authors’ consulting Fortune 500 companies, this book will forever change the conversation about how we advance women’s careers and achieve equity in the 21st century.