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Best Books on Employee Engagement

Oct 14, 2020

When employees are engaged, they are likely to be more invested in their work, produce higher quality work, and get more done. By investing in employee engagement, your company will increase productivity and work quality while retaining and attracting top talent.

To help you improve the engagement and culture at your organization, we've pulled together the best books on employee engagement for your review. Here is a list of eight books that have made a positive impact on the way leaders engage with their employees and employee engagement overall.

1. The Best Place to Work by Ron Friedman, Ph.D.

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.

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2. Not Everyone Gets a Trophy by Bruce Tulgan

Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage the Millennials provides employers with a workable game plan for turning millennials into the stellar workforce they have the potential to be. The culmination of over two decades of research, this book provides employers with a practical framework for engaging, developing, and retaining the new generation of employees. T new revised and updated edition expands the discussion to include the new 'second-wave' millennials, those Tulgan refers to as "Generation Z", and explores the ways in which these methods and tactics are becoming increasingly critical in the face of the profoundly changing global workforce.

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3. The One-Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D. and Spencer Johnson, M.D.

The One Minute Manager is a short book by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. The brief volume tells a story, recounting three techniques of an effective manager: one-minute goals, one-minute praisings, and one-minute reprimands. Each of these takes only a minute but is of lasting benefit. The book was followed by a sequel, Leadership and the One Minute Manager, by Ken Blanchard, Patricia Zigarmi and Drea Zigarmi, which laid out Blanchard's Situational Leadership II concept

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4. Carrots and Sticks Don't Work by Paul L. Marciano, Ph.D.

In Carrots and Sticks Don't Work: Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT, Marciano presents his acclaimed RESPECT model, which gives you specific, low-cost, turnkey solutions and action plans—based on seven key drivers of employee engagement that are proven and supported by decades of research and practice—that will empower you to assess, troubleshoot, and resolve engagement issues in the workplace.

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5. 1,001 Ways to Engage Employees by Bob Nelson, Ph.D.

Employee engagement has been consistently cited as a top and growing priority by CEOs, managers, and human resources leaders across the country. This new title from bestselling author Dr. Bob Nelson will help move any organization from just measuring the need to engage employees to actually changing management behaviors that will lead to a stronger culture of engagement. Your organization will become more effective at both attracting and retaining talent and maximizing the contribution of your employees.

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6. Taking Responsibility by Nathaniel Branden, Ph.D.

In Taking Responsibility, Branden delineates four goals: to illuminate the meaning and implications of self-responsibility as a way of living and of being in the world; to show that this practice is not an onerous burden but a source of joy and personal power; to establish that we create ourselves—shape our identity— through what we are willing to take responsibility for; and to demonstrate that self-responsibility, self-reliance, and individualism are essential to the well-being of our society. Branden demonstrates not only the personal and social importance of self-reliance but the specific steps by which it may be achieved.

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7. HARD Goals by Mark Murphy

People set goals all the time, but the majority end up unfulfilled or abandoned. With all the challenges facing us today, we could use a little more achievement. Hard Goals can help us get there by offering practical techniques to conquer procrastination and unlock your brain’s potential for realizing your goals. In Hard Goals, Mark Murphy, the acclaimed author of Hundred Percenters, explains the science behind getting from where you are to where you want to be in your career, business, and life.

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8. Self-Esteem at Work by Nathaniel Branden, Ph.D.

In his latest work, renowned psychologist, author, and consultant Nathaniel Branden—father of the self-esteem movement—shows you how high self-esteem is becoming a prime determinant of both organizational and personal success in the Information Age. In Self-Esteem at Work, Branden gives the basics on stirring creativity through self-esteem, establishing a work culture that builds self-esteem, boosting communication skills, and much more! He also includes a 21-week, self-directed development program at the end of the book for employees at every level of an organization.

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Improve Employee Engagement

The books listed above will help you identify the things you can do to improve employee engagement, increase employee morale, and enhance productivity in your workplace. Read one of these books or reach out to me today to get started!

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