Four Unexpected Books That Should Be In Every Company’s Library

The corporate library does not have to have only business literature. Books about self-development, psychology and fascinating science are also useful, because mental health, personal relationships, the ability to handle money have a great impact on the productivity of employees and their willingness to get involved in work. Therefore, we recommend putting these four books on the shelf in your office. Reading these books is as useful as playing in a live dealer table games. Yes, they are not about the development of hard skills, but about emotional intelligence, critical thinking and healthy relationships, and these skills often turn out to be even more important in work than professional competencies.


Harmful Thoughts: Four Psychological Attitudes That Prevent Us From Living

This book is worth reading to all employees who are experiencing difficulties with stress at work, want to build good relationships with colleagues and management, or work with their insecurities and exhausting perfectionism. Reading “Harmful thoughts” it can be used as a prevention of professional burnout — you can try to discuss this book together with the whole team.


The reader will learn to identify beliefs that blow up the brain, do not allow you to live in peace and lead to emotional exhaustion and disorders. In short, these are “dogmatic demands”, often unrealistic and illogical, “dramatization”, that is, an overly high assessment of the negativity of the situation, “I can’t cope” (a belief known as a low frustration threshold) and “humiliating remarks” from yourself or others. The author of the book, psychotherapist Daniel Fryer, who works in a rational-emotional-behavioral approach, suggests not only realizing your thinking mistakes, but also changing them in six weeks. This is a practical book, which, of course, will not replace therapy with a psychologist, but it will definitely give results: your employees will learn to reduce excessive drama and toxic demands in some situations, work with their impostor syndrome and internal critic, reconsider relationships within the team and in their personal lives.


Until I Turned 30: What Is Important to Understand and Do Now

This is a book for specialist zoomers, some of whom are probably going through a quarter-life crisis right now. Young employees may experience difficulties with life goals, understanding their own desires and accepting values, and at the same time experience negative emotions due to meaningless (in their opinion) tasks and “waste of time”. It is very important for such employees to feel useful and receive support from management and the team.


The author of the book, blogger Ellina Daly, who has worked in marketing for many years, will help your employees deal with complex emotions, beliefs, self-esteem, teach them how to cope with the pressure of society, which imposes standards of success in their careers and personal lives. It will give a hint in which direction to move up the career ladder, what to learn in order to get through the crisis years and live not the “right” life, but the one you want. And most importantly, there are no moral teachings in the book, but an emphasis is placed on support and acceptance, which are important for young professionals.


Kanebo: Japanese Family Budget Management System

A useful book about a simple but effective Japanese system of personal budget management, which was invented by Japanese journalist Motoko Hani. Since the 1940s, it has become widespread among supporters of household budget control in Japan, and then around the world, and will surely help your employees to establish relationships with money, save without suffering and save, and not live from paycheck to paycheck. The book has a clear algorithm that will teach you to keep track of expenses, not to make impulsive purchases and save the necessary amount for an important goal, such as traveling or studying.


Non-random Chance: How to Manage Luck and What Is Serendipity

In short, serendipity is the skill of drawing conclusions from random observations, that is, noticing that random is not really random, and thus finding effective solutions, coming up with something unexpected and important. Perhaps the closest word in meaning to serendipity is savvy. In the business environment, employees with high serendipity can be safely considered as a strategic advantage that will help to cope with complex tasks in unpredictable circumstances. And, of course, serendipity is a powerful skill for business owners and startup founders who work in a dynamic environment and strive to create innovative solutions for customers. And in general, you will agree, the instructions on how to attract good luck will not hurt anyone.