The Future of Work for Managers:
5 Must-Read Books on Employee Engagement

Published 22 June 2020

In the modern economy, people are the most important asset of every company. Investing in employee engagement is not only trendy but also crucial for the business to stay competitive and generate profits.

Below you can find a short list of books that will shed light on every aspect of employee engagement - from observations of the early 2000’s to the newest findings. You will learn the best management practices and understand the consequences of poor decisions in regards to employee management.  

The Evolved Executive: The Future of Work Is Love in Action (2018)

by Heather Hanson Wickman

In this book, you get the insights on how to become a better manager in the modern world. Among the useful tips, there are suggestions on how to change people’s mindset, apply mindfulness and adjust leadership style. According to the author, the shift starts with healthy company culture, striving to overcome employees’ absenteeism and improve their motivation.

Check on Amazon / Google Books.

Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance—and What We Can Do About It (2018)

by Jeffrey Pfeffer

As the book reveals, modern work conditions and lack of care from the employer cause massive health problems and even deaths of workers. Companies suffer too as their operational costs rise due to employees’ lack of productivity and absenteeism. 

Check on Amazon | Google Books.

The Truth About Employee Engagement: A Fable About Addressing the Three Root Causes of Job Misery (2015)

by Patrick M. Lencioni

The author explains how managers can engage employees and achieve a productive environment. The techniques include paying attention to employee wellbeing, showing empathy and clearly stating their contribution to the success of the company.

Check on Amazon | Google Books.

12: The Elements of Great Managing (2006)

by Rodd Wagner and James K. Harter 

Happy employees not only cost the company less but also have higher engagement and focus at work. These workers know how their work contributes to the overall success of the company. That’s why proper treatment and recognition pays off. In the meantime, poor management is the reason for employees to disengage at work and quit.

Check on Amazon | Google Books.

First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently (2000)

by Marcus Buckingham

The author states that work should provide a sense of purpose. Happy employees are the key to company growth. While all people are different and have unique talents, it is important to address and develop them in each person in your team. 

Check on Amazon | Google Books.

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