The Future of Work for HR: 4 Must-Read Books on Employee Wellbeing & Motivation

Published 29 June 2020

In the past several years, numerous professors, researchers and consultants have been publishing their works on how our job affects our mental, physical and financial health. There’s a number of reads dedicated to the modern trend called The Future of Work as well as the consequences of the modern economy on the life of individuals.

Below is the list of selected books that talk about healthy workplaces as well as employee motivation and productivity. These books are tailored to the needs of HR managers and executives in modern companies.

Workplace Wellness that Works: 10 Steps to Infuse Well-Being and Vitality into Any Organization (2015)

by Laura Putnam

This is a guide to creating a wellbeing culture in the workplace from scratch and engaging employees in it. It covers all main aspects of both physical and emotional health. The author also comes up with suggestions how to overcome pushbacks from employees on the way to introducing wellness programs in the company.

Check on Amazon / Google Books.

Investing in People: Financial Impact of Human Resource Initiatives, 2nd edition (2015) 

by John Boudreau and Wayne F. Cascio

The book describes how to approach absenteeism at work, analyze employee engagement, reduce turnover and promote health at work by making data-driven decisions.

Check on Amazon | Google Books.

Build It: The Rebel Playbook for World-Class Employee Engagement (2018)

by Glenn Elliott and Debra Corey

This book provides the action plan for transforming the workplace and achieving employee motivation & productivity as a result. The authors’ checklist includes every single detail - from physical office space to employees’ mental health and being open about it in the company. 

Check on Amazon | Google Books.

Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead (2001)

by Laszlo Bock

The author is a former SVP of People Operations in Google. He shares how HR departments can make data driven decisions in regards to hiring and employee promotion, why they should study best company performers and what the best employee awards are.

Check on Amazon | Google Books.

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