As we enter the thick of summer, you’re no doubt looking forward to taking a little time for rest & relaxation while the weather is nice. If you’re heading to the beach, you’ll want to make sure you have some sunglasses, a comfortable beach chair, a towel, a cold drink…and some new books to dive into.
If you’re interested in further exploring the importance the employee experience plays in today’s companies and how you can apply some great lessons to your own company, then we suggest kicking back and checking these books out:
- “The Employee Experience Advantage” by Jacob Morgan – In this book, Jacob makes the case that companies need to pay strong attention to the experience they’re delivering for their employees, as companies that invest in the employee experience are four times as profitable as those that don’t – and have more than two times the average revenue. It is impossible in today’s world to divorce the employee experience from a company’s digital experience. How employees interact with each other electronically – and how user-friendly the technology they use every day is – are critical elements of the overall experience. Getting these correct can be the difference between engaged and disengaged. Jacob’s book gives strong advice on how to engage your employees today.
- “The Right Way to Select Technology: Get the Real Story on Finding the Best Fit,” by Tony Byrne and Jarrod Gingras – Tony and Jarrod are analysts at RSG (Real Story Group) and have years of experience helping clients understand how to evaluate technology. This practical guidebook provides a primer on putting together the ideal technology selection process, based on iteration, adaptivity and hands-on testing. Stemming from their belief that the best selection decisions are made by a team, this guidebook covers the selection needs of a wide set of stakeholders including business and technology managers. Whether you are a project manager who regularly selects tools, or a first-timer who has never selected technology, this guidebook is easy-to-read and provides many helpful tips and tools for navigating the process. Outlined in this guide is a user-centered, agile-like process that not only helps organizations find the “best-fit” solution, but also best practices for conducting successful pilots and rollouts of selected technologies. What makes this guidebook unique is its emphasis on realistic storytelling to help bring requirements alive and to guide hands-on testing with technology solutions. While its stated focus is on selecting digital workplace and marketing/engagement technologies, the approach found in this guidebook can be applied to selecting any kind of information technology. If you are looking for an alternative to traditional waterfall approaches to selecting technology, this guidebook is a refreshing start.
- “Building the Agile Business through Digital Transformation,” by Peter Abraham and Neil Perkin – This book is described as “…an in-depth look at transforming businesses so they are fit for purpose in a digitally enabled world. It is a guide for all those needing to better understand, implement and lead digital transformation in the workplace.” Abraham and Perkin discuss digital transformation and how to prepare your organization for a wave of change. This examines the other side of the digital transformation equation – the organization itself and what needs to happen so you can give your employees the digital experience they deserve.
- We’d be amiss if we didn’t call out one of our favorite Swedish books on this summer reading list as well. In their book “The Digital Workplace,” authors Oscar Berg and Henrik Gustafsson write about best practices that companies can follow for digitally transforming their workplace – and offer advice for how this can be done in a way that empowers your employees. It’s set to be published in the U.S. at the end of the summer, so perhaps this one slides to your Fall reading list.
- And, to keep the hot summer at bay, how about a chilling horror story like Stephen King’s latest novel, “The Outsider.” It’s always important to make time for some reading where the biggest takeaway is simply “don’t go in the abandoned house.”
Have any thoughts to share about the above? Any books not on our list that you’d recommend? Drop us a line here with any suggestions and we can check them out.