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February 14, 2017 by
aliereadvisors
We recently posted about books that your employees should read to promote learning and evolution. For our picks we spotlighted The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink, and The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande.

Those are just three of the many, many useful and interesting choices that are out there. As a business leader, you are probably asking yourself: after they read the literature, what comes next?

That’s a great question, and luckily we are here with suggestions of how to use and apply the learnings gained from those books to maximize the benefit that they provide. Take a look at our ideas below.

So Your Employees Read the Books – What’s Next?

Create presentations

After your employees read the books, have them put together presentations to showcase their best and most key learnings and takeaways. A great way to maximize learning for all while remaining efficient is to break your team into small groups, assigning a book to each of them.

Then, each small group can give a presentation on what they read and share the key takeaways that all should gain from the reading, spreading their learning to the entirety of the team. This also gives employees a way to be creative and to take the initiative to make their presentation engaging and useful for those around them.

Talk to your employees about what they learned individually

During your regular touch bases or meetings with employees is a great time to discuss learnings with all of your employees. Add the discussion as an agenda item prior to the meeting to ensure that there is time for your employee to prepare their best learnings and how they plan to apply them to their day-to-day life at work.

Also gather feedback during these meetings on what they liked and disliked about the book, whether the exercise was helpful, and what subjects they would like to read more about in the future that would be useful in aiding their overall success and engagement at work.

Have a roundtable discussion

Using a team meeting as a medium for a roundtable discussion on the reading and learning gained from whatever book you chose is a great way to facilitate interesting engagement and conversation from your employees.

Have different questions prepared such as, “what learnings do you think apply most to our goals and how can they be applied?”, “what is one thing that surprised you about the book?”, and “what is your plan for using these learnings going forward?”.

Give these questions out prior to employees doing their reading so that they may properly annotate the book and come to the meeting prepared to discuss and use citations from the book to maximize the effectiveness of the conversation.

How a PEO Can Help

A PEO can be helpful in not only picking a book or books that are useful for your specific organization but by facilitating the best way to ensure continued learning after the reading is done. Call us today to learn more about the benefits of working with a PEO and finding the best one to fit the needs of your company.

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