Clear your bedside table -- these books on workplace culture bring fresh ideas as well as classic reminders of how to build great company culture. Make it a goal to read one or two this year.
10 Must-Read Books on Company Culture
The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming your Workplace
Author: S. Chris Edmonds
From the publisher: "Organizational culture is not an amorphous thing it comes down from the top, inspired and exemplified by the leadership. It can steer a company up or down, keep it on mission or force it off-course. For an organization to fulfill its potential, the culture must be on-point, truly reflecting the heart of the company from leaders to team members across the company. The Culture Engine helps leaders define the playing field, pushing performance to the next level."
Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results
Author: Rodger Connors, Tom Smith
From the publisher: "Two-time New York Times bestselling authors Roger Connors and Tom Smith show how leaders can achieve record-breaking results by quickly and effectively shaping their organizational culture to capitalize on their greatest asset: their people."
Author: Simon Sinek
From the publisher: "Why do only a few people get to say “I love my job”? It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled."
Author: Ron Friedman
From the publisher: "In The Best Place to Work, award-winning psychologist Ron Friedman, Ph.D. uses the latest research from the fields of motivation, creativity, behavioral economics, neuroscience, and management to reveal what really makes us successful at work. Combining powerful stories with cutting edge findings, Friedman shows leaders at every level how they can use scientifically-proven techniques to promote smarter thinking, greater innovation, and stronger performance."
Author: Laszlo Bock
From the publisher: "From the visionary head of Google's innovative People Operations comes a groundbreaking inquiry into the philosophy of work, and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and ensuring that they succeed."
Carrots and Sticks Don't Work: Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of Respect
Author: Paul L. Marciano
From the publisher: "Reward and recognition programs can be costly and inefficient, and they primarily reward employees who are already highly engaged and productive performers. Worse still, these programs actually decrease employee motivation because they can make individual recognition, rather than the overall success of the team, the goal. Yet many businesses turn to these measures first―unaware of a better alternative. So, when it comes to changing your organizational culture, carrots and sticks don’t work!"
Author: Jim Knight
From the publisher: "This how-to business book addresses many major categories of an organization's culture, including hiring the right talent, creating a differentiated service approach, understanding today's workforce, enhancing internal collateral, utilizing technology, increasing enterprise wide communication, engaging in authentic philanthropic initiatives and highlighting the importance of leadership."
Author: Dr. David Vik
From the publisher: "Why is a great company culture so rare? How can you make sure your organization has one? The good news is that creating an inspiring and sustainable culture is not as hard as you might think. Dr. David 'Doc''Vik reveals the keys to success in The Culture Secret."
Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empahty, and Understanding at Work
Author: Michael Lee Stallard, Jason Pankau, Katherine P. Stallard
From the publisher: "Organizations thrive when employees feel valued, the environment is energized, and high productivity and innovation are the norm. This requires a new kind of leader who fosters a culture of connection within the organization. Michael Lee Stallard’s Connection Culture provides a fresh way of thinking about leadership and offers recommendations for how to tap into the power of human connection."
Author: Rosie Ward, Jon Robinson
From the publisher: "Regardless of size, location, or industry, every company wants to have a competitive advantage over others in the marketplace. Despite this desire, many businesses don't focus on what would truly set them apart: creating the conditions for both organizational and employee wellbeing to thrive. When a company and its employees are thriving, everyone wins."