Books that will revive your enthusiasm for work

Got the back-to-work blues? If you’re feeling anything short of wildly enthusiastic about your role, your company and/or work as a concept, you are not alone. But, whatever your specific circumstances, there’s always a great read that can help get you back into the right mindset for success at work.


In a recent article, CNBC lists four common workplace issues that plague workers, and four books that can help resolve them. Please read on for enlightenment!

  1. If passion for your current role has disappeared and boredom peppers your working day, read ‘Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work’ by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. This book helps disengaged workers to transform their outlook and experience at work, (re)finding meaning and purpose in the process.
  2. If you’re having trouble negotiating your salary and trumpeting your value, read ‘Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It’ by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz. Written by a former hostage negotiator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, this book explores nine effective strategies to help readers deliver convincing and compelling arguments.
  3. If you’re starting a new job and need a steer on how to get up to speed quickly, read ‘The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter’ by Michael D. Watkins. This book helps new recruits deal with any anxiety or apprehension they might be feeling by creating 30, 60 and 90-day plans that will get them up to speed on their new roles as quickly as possible.
  4. If you’ve given up the security of your 9-to-5 salaried job to become an entrepreneur, read ‘We Should All Be Millionaires: A Woman’s Guide to Earning More, Building Wealth, and Gaining Economic Power’ by Rachel Rodgers. As a Black woman, mother, lawyer and entrepreneur, Rodgers uncovers the truths of her career journey to success. She shares tactics that can immediately be put into practice to help generate income and offers insights that may even change your attitude toward money…


If any of these scenarios resonate with you, we hope that the above book proposals are useful. If you’d like us to explore potential reading materials for other workplace issues, please let us know. ABL Recruitment is the UK’s number one multilingual recruitment agency and we are, as ever, here to help!