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10 Books on Workplace Wellness
Workplace Wellness in 2023: Navigating Work-Life Balance in a Changing World
This week's theme is Workplace Wellness. The demands of our jobs and how they function have changed in ways that have never been seen before. Finding work-life balance and maintaining professional health are more crucial than ever as we attempt to navigate a world of constant change and rapid innovation.
Join me as we explore ten recently published nonfiction books that shed light on these important parts of modern work culture.
The Art of Caring Leadership: How Leading with Heart Uplifts Teams and Organizations by Heather R. Younger (2021) | If your people know you care about them, they will move mountains. Employee engagement and loyalty expert Heather Younger outlines nine ways to manifest the radical power of caring support in the workplace.
The Whole-Person Workplace: Building Better Workplaces through Work-Life, Wellness, and Employee Support by Scott Behson (2021) | Starting with the lessons learned from how the best companies adapted to the COVID pandemic, The Whole-Person Workplace will help you develop ways to support your employees with the full range of their work-life challenges. Specifically, Behson will help you think about flexibility, work-from home, parental leave, child-care, elder-care, wellness programs, educational benefits, vacation time, support for volunteerism, compensation and benefits, employee on-boarding, and workplace culture in new ways.
Remote Not Distant: Design a Company Culture That Will Help You Thrive in a Hybrid Workplace by Gustavo Razzetti (6/7/22) | In this practical, meticulously researched book, top culture thought leader Gustavo Razzetti provides a roadmap to understand, adapt to, and succeed in a hybrid workplace. Razzetti has spent years investigating the leading edges of this revolution, including Amazon, Slack, GitLab, Volvo, and Microsoft, to name just a few. The lessons are simple yet stunning.
Thrive with a Hybrid Workplace: Step-by-Step Guidance from the Experts by Felice Ekelman and Julie Kantor (3/3/23) | Leaders will find Thrive's practical advice useful: each section includes a host of action items that will enable leaders to implement change in their workplace. For those companies that seek to be known as "best-in-class" employers, Thrive is a must-read for leadership.
The Good Enough Job: Reclaiming Life from Work by Simone Stolzoff (5/23/23) | In The Good Enough Job, journalist Simone Stolzoff traces how work has come to dominate Americans' lives and why we find it so difficult to let go. Based on groundbreaking reporting and interviews with Michelin-starred chefs, Wall Street bankers, overwhelmed teachers, and other workers across the American economy, Stolzoff exposes what we lose when we expect work to be more than a job.
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How to Stay Productive When the World Is Ending: Productivity, Burnout, and Why Everyone Needs to Relax More Except You (5/30/23) | From the editors and most popular writers of Reductress, the only satirical women's magazine in publication, How to Stay Productive When the World is Ending is a collection of essays, how-tos, and "inspirational" graphics to help you laugh when staying both sane and productive in a commodified world feels impossible.
The Right Call: What Sports Teach Us about Work and Life by Sally Jenkins (6/6/23) | Sportswriter Sally Jenkins has spent her entire adult life observing and writing about great coaches and athletes. With her engaging and expert prose, she has helped shape the way we view these talented sports icons. But somewhere along the line, she realized, they had begun to shape her. Now, she presents the astonishing inner qualities in these same people that push them to overcome pressure, elevate their performances, and discover champion identities.
Well at Work: Creating Wellbeing in Any Workspace by Esther M. Sternberg, MD (9/5/23) | Staying healthy at work has never been more top-of-mind than it is today. But staying healthy isn't the same as staying well. Staying well at work isn't just about the germs and toxins that impact how we feel physically or even make us sick; it's also about the many aspects of the environment that affect our stress levels, mood, focus, and productivity. (GIVEAWAY ALERT: I’m giving away a copy of this book over on my Instagram page!)
Happy at Work: How to Create a Happy, Engaging Workplace for Today's (and Tomorrow's!) Workforce by Robyn L. Garrett (9/19/23) | It's time to update your workplace culture! One of the most important reasons people today choose to stay or leave a job is the culture of the company. As people become more socially conscious; focus more on wellness, self-care, and work-life balance, and seek jobs where they feel a real connection, it's more important than ever to think about the elements of a job beyond the work itself.
Wellbeing at Work: How to Design, Implement and Evaluate an Effective Strategy by Ian Hesketh (10/31/23) | This book not only explains the reasons to consider employee mental health and wellbeing in the workplace but also states why it is vital and draws from a people's approach on how to provide a clear framework to increase staff engagement. Experts have updated this new edition to include the most recent research, perceptive approaches, and important lessons. It shows how managers and leaders can create and maintain the right environment to reduce presenteeism, reduce employee anxiety, and improve the overall wellbeing of their employees.
These books delve into the importance of good leadership and work-life balance. They provide practical tips and strategies to manage stress, avoid burnout, and prioritize well-being. By reading these books, hopefully you will gain insights on how to create a positive work environment that fosters productivity, creativity, and overall happiness. In the end, they show us that taking care of ourselves is the key to being successful in our jobs.
Comment below on one strategy you use to promote wellbeing in your own workspace.
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