They are the background workers, men and women doing vital jobs with little or no recognition – unless their mistakes create a mess, cause delays, injure or kill, or cause some other problem or disaster. A new book on the subject of workers behind the scenes is in the Cobb County Public Library System’s Adult Collection.
Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion by David Zweig is expanded from the author’s article in the Atlantic called “What Do Fact-Checkers and Anesthesiologists Have in Common?”
From a review of Invisibles in Library Journal:
Writer (Atlantic, New York Times), composer, and lecturer Zweig delivers an engaging read in his debut nonfiction title. He introduces readers to individuals whose jobs, when done well, keep them “invisible,” e.g., anesthesiologist, guitar tech for a touring band, perfumer, cinematographer, UN simultaneous interpreter, skyscraper engineer, and magazine fact-checker. The author notes that these employees do their jobs in a way that has catapulted them to the top of their professions while exhibiting the same core traits of all invisibles-ambivalence to recognition, devout meticulousness, and a desire to shoulder responsibility. Zweig contends that these traits run counter to our noisy culture of self-promotion and microfame and yet are the traits that most support job satisfaction, individual fulfillment, and positive self-perception….
A tip on locating works in the Cobb library’s print and digital collections similar to Invisibles: Try these subject terms in the library’s catalog: Career development, self-realization, Success, and Motivation (Psychology)