It’s a brand new day and a brand new month, which means it’s time for our monthly roundup of the top must-reads for HR managers and busisness leaders. Here it is:

1. The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies for Balancing Productivity and Well-Being in the Digital Era by Amy Blankson

Amy Blankson outlines five strategies you can use to thrive in the digital age, including how to stay grounded and focus on improving productivity, how to use data from apps “to help you live to your fullest potential”, how to be a conscious innovator and help make the world a better place, and more.

As the book’s description states, “By rethinking when, where, why, and how you use technology, you will not only influence your own well-being but also help shape the future of your community. Discover how technologies can transform the idea of “I’ll be happy when . . .” to being happy now”.

2. Getting to “Yes And”: The Art of Business Improv by Bob Kulhan and Chuck Crisafulli

As this terrific book is described on Amazon, “Getting to ‘Yes And’: The Art of Business Improv draws on principles from cognitive and social psychology, behavioural economics, and communication, Kulhan teaches readers to think on their feet and approach the most typical business challenges with fresh eyes and openness. He shows how improv techniques such as the “Yes, and” approach, divergent and convergent thinking, and focusing on being present can translate into more productive meetings, swifter decisions, stronger collaboration, positive conflict resolution, mindfulness, and more.” Whether you’re a one-person startup or a business made up of thousands of employees, you can take your business to the next level with this book’s compelling teachings.

3. Do More Great Work: Stop The Busywork. Start The Work That Matters by Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier, a Canadian business consultant, discusses spending productive time at work rather than “busy time”. As touted by some readers, “This book is the definitive guide to achieving higher productivity in the workplace and becoming a great worker who relies on creativity to reach his (or her) goals.”

If you constantly find yourself complaining that “there aren’t enough hours in the day” to get everything done, you need to read this! Being distracted by “busy work” and useless meetings lower the quality of your work and stress you out by stealing your precious time. You can change all of that with the exercises Stanier provides, including how to manage your seemingly endless workload and improve the likelihood that you’ll do what you actually want to do.
As the book’s description says, “Do More Great Work will not only help you identify what the Great Work of your life is, it will tell you how to do it.”

4. How to Recognize Staff When You Don’t Have Any Money by Catherine Gordon

Catherine Gordon, CHRP and Director of Human Resources at the David Suzuki Foundation, shares her tips for how to reward and recognize employees on a tight budget. In this inspiring article, she discusses how most employee recognition programs that focus on employee tenure and physical reward are not the best options. She believes HR managers and business owners should be using these programs to build a powerful organizational culture that retains and recognizes high performers. This article is a must-read for those looking for help with building a new (or tweaking an old) employee reward and recognition program.

5. Here’s What the Future of Benefits Looks Like by Laura McQuillan

This fascinating article from Human Resources Director Magazine delves into all of the changes we’re seeing in the group benefits space today and what we can expect in the future. Laura McQuillan interviews Gerry Thiessen, SVP of Group Benefits Strategy at Rise People. Thiessen shares his thoughts on everything from what Millennials really want — such as Health and Personal Spending Accounts (HSAs and PSAs) — to how to cut costs, build a sustainable benefits plan, and more.

Did we miss any of your favourite HR books or articles? Let us know on Twitter or LinkedIn and use the hashtag #HRMreads — we’d love to hear from you!

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