Business book clubs are designed to benefit everybody, not just you. You probably already know that, but just in case you don't, today is a good time to learn. So how can you choose books that your entire staff will enjoy? Try some of the tips below.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Read business blogs and magazines to find out what other companies are doing. You can also attend seminars or hire a specialist who deals with this type of thing. If you aren't having any luck, Google terms like “The Best Business Book Club Books” and see what comes up. You might get some pretty decent results.
ASK YOUR EMPLOYEES TO SUBMIT IDEAS
Create an anonymous poll and hand a copy out to each member of your team. Ask questions about specific book titles, as well as topics and ideas, that they would like to read and discuss. This is one of the best ways to find out what your staff actually wants.
LET EMPLOYEES TAKE TURNS PICKING BOOKS
If you don't trust them to choose appropriate books on their own, create a large list of business-friendly books and pass it around. Each month, a different employee gets to pick the book that the entire company will read. Consider making it a reward, like the employee of the month gets to pick the book.
ASK FOR FEEDBACK AFTER EACH BOOK
Every time your team finishes reading a book, ask what they thought about it. Did they like it? Why or why not? Would they recommend it to a friend or coworker? If the answer is no, you should probably avoid similar books in the future.