Reading Your Way to Thriving Workplaces

In the dynamic landscape of global workplaces, employee engagement stands as a pivotal metric for organizational success. The latest findings from the Gallup State of the Global Workplace Report 2024 offer profound insights into the state of employee satisfaction and productivity, and obviously, trends from South Asia have captured our attention.

Understanding the Current Landscape

According to Gallup’s 2024 survey, employee engagement in South Asia continues to fluctuate, with significant percentages of employees reporting feelings of disconnection and disengagement. Talking about India, we have one of the lowest percentages of thriving employees (14% as against a global 34%), one of the highest percentage of employees experiencing daily sadness (42% against the global 22%) and one of the highest percentage of employees experiencing daily anger (35% against the global 21%).  Factors such as limited career growth opportunities, inadequate recognition, and high stress levels contribute to this trend. The result is that the majority of the world’s employees continue to struggle at work and in life, with direct consequences for organizational productivity. With the majority of the workforce either suffering or merely surviving, the question arises: how can we catalyze a shift towards a thriving state?

The Role of Reading in Employee Well-being

Books have always been celebrated as gateways, to worlds, thoughts, and viewpoints. Each category of literature presents advantages that can greatly influence an individual’s well-being and professional development.

  1. Growth and Inspiration; Books within this category like “Atomic Habits” by James Clear or “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle equip individuals with tools for self-improvement and mindfulness vital for handling stress and boosting efficiency.
  1. Leadership and Supervision; Works such as “Dare to Lead” by Brené Brown or “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek motivate leaders to nurture trust and empathy fostering work environments and connected teams.
  1. Storytelling; Novels transport readers to realms providing a break, from work pressures. For example, timeless works like “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee or contemporary fiction like “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern stimulate imagination and empathy. Engaging with fiction can bridge gaps within workplaces encouraging understanding and teamwork. It can also inspire innovation by introducing employees to perspectives and ways of thinking.
  2. Resilience and Perseverance: Often overlooked, children’s books like “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss impart valuable lessons about resilience and optimism, reminding employees of the power of perseverance in overcoming challenges.


Studies consistently show that happy sound employees tend to be more productive and engaged.

Engaging in reading helps boost activity alleviates tension and improves empathy – all elements, for creating a supportive workplace atmosphere. By promoting a reading culture companies can nurture staff members who can adeptly handle obstacles and make contributions, to the organization’s achievements.

Leveraging klib Corporate Library Services

To harness the transformative potential of reading within your organization, consider partnering with klib Corporate Library Services. klib offers a curated selection of books across various genres, tailored to meet the diverse interests and developmental needs of your employees. Through access to a comprehensive digital library, employees can explore enriching content that promotes personal growth and well-being, ultimately leading to improved engagement and productivity.

The Gallup State of the Global Workplace Report 2024 underscores the urgent call for organizations to prioritize employee well-being and engagement. By integrating literature into workplace culture, companies can nurture thriving employees who contribute meaningfully to their roles and the overall success of the organization. Let us embrace the power of reading to transform suffering or surviving into thriving!

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Richa Chadda

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