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The 10 Best Books on Building Company Culture and Boosting Employee Morale

October 18, 2021 / Employee Wellbeing Best Practices

The relationship between company culture, morale and wellbeing is undeniable in the modern work world. Workplace culture directly impacts morale and wellbeing — not to mention turnover, productivity and job satisfaction.

If you’re struggling to build a stronger culture and boost employee morale, you may be on the hunt for resources to guide the process. Read on to discover 10 insightful, informative books to help you encourage cultural change and improve employee morale at your organization.

What Are the Best Books on Improving Employee Morale?

1. Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve by Whitney Johnson

Build an A-Team focuses on employee development, and how better morale and higher performance come with learning opportunities and challenges. Author Whitney Johnson argues that the secret to having an engaged, productive team lies in having a plan for developing all employees, and she breaks down how to identify what employees know, what they need to learn, and how to design their jobs to maximize learning and engagement.

2. The Culture Question: How to Create a Workplace Where People Like to Work by Randy Grieser, Eric Stutzman, Wendy Loewen and Michael Labun

The Culture Question emphasizes the importance of employees liking where they work and how culture impacts mental health and wellbeing. It breaks down six elements of a healthy workplace culture: 

  • Communicating purpose and values
  • Providing meaningful work
  • Focusing your leadership team on people
  • Building meaningful relationships
  • Creating peak performing teams
  • Practicing constructive conflict management

3. Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini

In Humanocracy, authors Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini argue that excising bureaucracy and replacing it with something better is key to creating inspired, resilient organizations. They emphasize the importance of resiliency and why eliminating bureaucracy is essential for remaining bold, nimble and innovative — especially during times of change such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

4. No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer

We’ve all heard of Netflix — but what makes the company so successful? No Rules Rules dives into the unorthodox culture behind such an innovative, imaginative company. Reed Hastings, cofounder of Netflix, shares the company’s unique standards, spotlighting the value in putting people over process, innovation over efficiency and context over control to create a winning company culture.

5. Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible Workplace by William Vanderbloemen

Culture Wins takes the concept of making your company a great place to work further, showcasing how forward-thinking leaders integrate best practices and leadership to retain employees in today’s job-hopping culture. Author William Vanderbloemen shares firsthand insights into building a “contagious culture” that outlasts competitors.

6. The Insider’s Guide to Culture Change: Creating A Workplace that Delivers, Grows, and Adapts by Siobhan McHale

The Insider’s Guide to Culture Change is just that, “a no-nonsense formula for defining, creating, and maintaining a healthy culture.” This book shares a proven four-step process that helps to demystify what goes into a successful culture transformation and guides readers along a path of positive change.

7. Own Your Culture: How to Define, Embed and Manage Your Company Culture by Bretton Putter

Own Your Culture dives into the importance of company culture and where most leaders go wrong. It also provides leaders with actionable steps and tools they can use to define and embed culture in their companies, with guidance for developing a checklist of activities to strengthen company culture over time.

8. Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates by Karin Hurt and David Dye

Courageous Cultures focuses on building teams of “micro-innovators, problem solvers, and customer advocates.” Authors Karin Hurt and David Dye provide a roadmap to becoming a high-performance, high-engagement culture where employees feel comfortable sharing ideas, solving problems and making contributions.

9. I Love It Here: How Great Leaders Create Organizations Their People Never Want to Leave by Clint Pulver

I Love It Here shares insights from undercover interviews with employees across the U.S., revealing the best methods for identifying talent, building a sense of ownership and developing a successful workplace culture employees love. According to author Clint Pulver, “Your company can be a place where people don’t just survive, but thrive.”

10. We’re All in This Together: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging by Mike Robbins

We’re All in This Together dives into ways that organizations can build trust, collaborate and operate at their peak. Mike Robbins offers tools to help employees communicate more authentically, give and receive feedback with skill and create deeper connections.

Using Wellbeing Technology To Turn Insights Into Actions

Company culture and employee morale are inextricably linked to health, engagement and wellbeing. The right wellbeing technology can help you improve in each area — which is where Virgin Pulse comes in. 

Virgin Pulse’s solutions, which are integrated within our Homebase for Health® ecosystem, offer a personalized member experience that guides each employee on their individual health journey and helps employers begin to build a culture of health and wellbeing. Get in touch to learn more about Virgin Pulse and how our Homebase for Health® empowers organizations to transform their culture and boost employee morale.

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