When we talk about the core components of any business/organization, employees always tend to be at the center stage of any discussion.
Therefore, it is necessary to keep them satisfied and motivated; this way, they will be able to perform at the very best, up to their maximum capabilities.
With so many sources of knowledge and motivation out there, it can be tough to narrow them down. Motivational books are one of these ideal sources, overcoming the test of time, for young business owners and experts, regardless of the generational distance.
1. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
If you are looking to improve their quality of life and productivity within your staff, this is the book you need. Every human being has their strengths and weaknesses. We should put more attention to strengths, productivity, and confidence. Doing so will increase our strengths, and this is precisely where this book comes into play.
StrengthFinder 2.0 is an easy and quick read, lacking any complexity or technical jargon, primarily contains information on the “strengths philosophy”. This belief says that a person’s highest potential can be achieved via the development of his or her unique talents. Reading this book will help your employees identify these abilities. Subsequently, they will be able to develop those skills into strengths. You are benefiting both them and your company in equal terms. Be sure to check out “How to Motivate an Employee Who’s Underperforming in Your Café” for tips to motivating your staff.
2. The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen R. Covey
In today’s fast-paced world and economy, effectiveness and efficiency are of utmost importance in the workplace. This book provides seven comprehensive tips for this particular domain and how to implement them. Hence, this volume is ideal as the starting point, for any motivation you wish to spread to your employees.
“The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” primarily gives its readers, ideas on how to communicate their concepts clearly, and how to master time management. It will also make them aware of various professional terminologies such as critical roles, goals, and emotional control in regards to finances.
3. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
In this book, the author brings forward a very different and unique perspective on motivation, considering the rapid social and economic changes in recent history. Overall, the book analyzes both intrinsic and extrinsic sources of motivation.
In ‘Drive’, the author makes the case that there are three primary sources of motivation in today’s day and age, which he refers to Motivation 3.0. These are mastery, autonomy, and purpose. This is opposed to Motivation 2.0, the old sources of motivation; in other words, the ‘Carrot and Stick’ method.
All of the claims made in the book are backed by research, so it is an authentic and worthy read. It will help employees to understand better the concept of motivation and how they can acquire it. This book goes into a lot of detail to establish its main points.
4. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica
This book will help its readers identify themselves better, to figure out their passions, interests, and personality. By assisting people in discerning what they are passionate about, the book aims to motivate them to use this newfound energy, in the workplace. In effect, reading the book will enable your employees to feel more satisfied and fulfilled.
Hence, the benefits of this book are two-fold in nature. It encourages readers to work harder and perform better for the company while also helping them to improve themselves and polish their personalities.
Have any teenagers at your work? Not sure if they’ll enjoy the reading homework you’re giving them? Check out “Learn How to Effectively Manage & Coach Teenage Employees” for more.
5. Zen Your Work by Karlyn Borysenko
This book is bound to help any employee who wishes to enhance their overall work environment and experience. ‘Zen Your Work’ basically teaches many mindfulness techniques, which employees can use, to master their work ethic and style. A healthy environment spreads positivity, which in turn motivates employees to perform so much better.
Some of this book teachings find their origins in spirituality and meditation encouraging employees to:
- take a stand themselves
- to maintain positive relationships with their co-workers
- and take control of their perspectives, expectations, and their overall satisfaction
6. Giftology by John Ruhlin
An ideal book for those employees that deal with clients daily. It explores ideas on how to build long-term professional relationships and various methods on how to achieve this. The volume provides simple yet effective guidelines; nearly all members of your staff can implement that.
7. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
No matter how much you try to motivate your employees, your methods cannot affect until they are happy in the first place. Happiness is a prerequisite for any meaningful and fulfilling work. Hence, this book should come before all the other motivational books you wish to hand out to your personnel.
“The Happiness Project” revolutionizes the way we look at happiness. It is not pretentious by any means; in fact, it provides practical ideas that can be implemented in our day to day lives. The book is bound to be a fun and exciting read, as it contains a fair amount of humor as well.
Your company will benefit from motivated employees, and you can improve their life and their work with these books too. Just pick the first one and see how it goes. What’s your favorite motivational book? Let us know in the comments! Also, check out similar content to help you with your employees at your establishment like “Using Buddy Punch to Track Employee Hours” or “How to Schedule Employees at a Restaurant or Cafe“.
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