What Every Business Needs – A Book Club

Business book clubIt’s not enough to simply run a profitable business these days. Organisations need to show they are much more than the products and services they offer. From a great work-life balance to a sense of belonging, people want companies they can believe in and which allow individuals to grow.

Wanting to belong is human nature – it’s how we survive. It brings many benefits: reduced stress; increased wellbeing; and greater productivity. So it’s no wonder businesses are constantly looking for ways to help employees feel they belong.

One way of achieving this, explains an article on The Bookseller, is the workplace book club. Not only a way to encourage ongoing learning, book clubs also help teams grow closer and stronger.

When Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook’s book club, the reading list included titles such as Yuval Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of HumanKind. However, these clubs are not just for tech giants tackling profound questions such as ‘what makes us human?’ They are also being set up by manufacturing companies (GGB Bearing Technology) and eyewear retailers (Warby Parker).

Reading together can help employees develop shared values and has the added bonus of being great value for money. Considering some business development initiatives can cost thousands of pounds, books are very affordable.

It has been suggested that book clubs could be a way for independent bookshops to compete with Amazon, keeping this sense of belonging truly local.

Books have the power to change lives. Now might be the time they start changing companies too.

Date Published : 10th of October 2017

Steve Odart

Published by : Steve Odart

About the Author : Steve Odart is the founder of Ixxus, with 28 years experience in the publishing industry. He started life at the London College of Printing, following his grandfather into the printing industry. He spent many years working with Quark through its launch of Quark XPress, and the Quark Publishing System, before setting up a publishing division within one of the UK’s largest Sun Microsystems Resellers. He then joined Oracle, as EMEA Business Development Director – Publishing and Media, prior to founding Ixxus in 2004. Steve has an extensive knowledge of publishing past, present and future, and has worked with the majority of the largest global publishers in his career to date.