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First Published: Sun, Nov 16 2008. 10 26 PM IST

Updated: Sun, Nov 16 2008. 10 26 PM IST
Meaningful work spurs on employees
Declining morale and lack of advancement can make work a grind. Plummeting employee engagement is a global phenomenon but there is a remedy: Add meaning to your corporate culture. Author Gurnek Bains (writing with Kylie Bains) says that making your employees’ work more meaningful can reinvigorate their engagement and improve profits and productivity.
GetAbstract finds plenty of depth in Bains’ argument that people work better when they know that their labour serves a greater good.
Meaning, Inc.: The Blueprint for Business Success in the 21st Century
Gurnek Bains
Profile Books, 2007, 224 pages
List Price: $24.95
ISBN-13: 9781861978837
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Dos?and dont’s in a workplace
The coal mine canary was a low-tech but effective early warning device which miners used to detect dangerous gases in the mineshafts. Anita Bruzzese performs a similar warning function for the modern workplace.
To develop her book, Bruzzese culled through hundreds of letters she received from workers asking for advice about problems they encounter at work.
GetAbstract suggests that she can teach you a lot about what constitutes acceptable—and not so acceptable—workplace behaviour.
45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy: And How to Avoid Them
Anita Bruzzese
Perigee Trade, 2007, 256 pages
List Price: $13.95
ISBN-13: 9780399533174
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First Published: Sun, Nov 16 2008. 10 26 PM IST