The top reads on creating resilient and thriving workplaces

recommended by Daisy Reynolds

A recent report noted workplace absences are at their highest level in more than a decade. With stress, COVID-19, and the cost-of-living crisis being the biggest causes of absences, the growing need for employee wellbeing is evident. Leaders need to understand that creating healthy, high-performing workforces requires taking the right steps towards ensuring the wellbeing of their teams. These books will guide them through this process, offering advice on how to navigate employee wellbeing, as well as creating more efficient and thriving workplaces. They are the perfect read for managers and leaders at all levels looking to transform their organisations.

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    Brave New Leader: How To Transform Workplace Pressure into Sustainable Performance and Growth
    by Vicky Smith & Lesley Cooper

    Between pandemic-induced fatigue, the deteriorating economic situation, and concerns about jobs and the future, we are witnessing a workforce sustainability crisis. Faced with this challenge, leaders and managers must address the changing needs of their teams and provide them with much-needed support if they want to unlock individual and business sustainability. 'Brave New Leader' by Vicky Smith and Lesley Cooper comes to their aid. Drawing on first-hand knowledge gained from over 25 years as wellbeing and performance consultants, the authors offer a practical guide on how to turn work pressure into growth. The book’s greatest value lies in the fact that it is not only aimed at leaders, but also employees looking to create sustainable productivity.

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    Leading Edge: Strategies for developing and sustaining high-performing teams
    by Alison Grieve & Jenni Miller

    In a world of ambiguity and constant change, teams are the critical glue for solving complex problems, delivering in challenging environments and supporting each other to grow, develop and be engaged. Drawing from extensive research working across hundreds of teams, Alison Grieve and Jenni Miller have developed an integrated and full-team approach that allows any team to achieve high performance and sustain it. In their new highly practical book 'Leading Edge', they translate their authoritative research and theory into five key Edge Dynamics, together with clear steps and tools that can be applied immediately. This book is for any leader looking to take their team to the edge of higher performance, deeper engagement and greater wellbeing and beyond.

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    Remote Not Distant: Design a Company Culture That Will Help You Thrive in a Hybrid Workplace
    by Gustavo Razzetti

    Hybrid and remote work is here to stay. What will it take for your company to succeed in the new normal? While most companies have struggled to keep their culture alive remotely since the pandemic, some are successfully riding the waves of the future. To the outside observer, it seems like they were lucky. In reality, building a workplace culture strong enough to thrive at a distance doesn't happen by chance, but by design. In this practical, meticulously researched book, top culture thought leader Gustavo Razzetti provides a roadmap to understand, adapt to, and succeed in a hybrid workplace. Razzetti has spent years investigating the leading edges of this revolution, including Amazon, Slack, GitLab, Volvo, and Microsoft, to name just a few. This is the ideal read for leaders wanting to improve workplace culture.

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    Reimagining Workplace Well-Being: Fostering a Culture of Purpose, Connection, and Transcendence
    by Jessica Grossmeier

    In the aftermath of a global pandemic, employees are burned out, unfulfilled, and disconnected. As employers step up their efforts to address workplace culture and double down on employee well-being in the fight for top talent, the time is now to invest in an approach that is grounded in science, steeped in thousands of years of ancient wisdom practices, and tested in leading organisations. 'Reimagine Workplace Wellbeing' integrates proven best practices from workplace well-being research with decades of management science research on workplace spirituality. The book helps organisations of all sizes foster whole-person well-being for individuals, teams, and leaders, to drive business outcomes.

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    The Psychological Safety Playbook: Lead More Powerfully by Being More Human
    by Karolin Helbig & Minette Norman

    Every employee, at every level, wants to feel seen, heard, and respected. If we don’t feel safe, we can’t be our best selves or do our most creative work. This is why leaders must ensure psychological safety for everyone in their team. Whether you’re a manager, CEO, or entrepreneur, 'The Psychological Safety Playbook' is the guide you need to lead your team to the highest levels of performance and innovation. It invites you to explore twenty-five specific actions that will create more psychological safety in your workplace. These are all moves that every leader can adopt and practice. Each move features a description of why to try it, instructions on how to do it, and a nutshell summary.

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