Slideshow 12 books benefit pros should read this summer

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  • July 17 2016, 8:13pm EDT
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A Passion For Wellness: Healthy Employees, Healthy Bottom Line

By Rachel Sapoznik
Publisher: Advantage Media Group, 2015

“A Passion for Wellness” is a helpful resource for learning how wellness education, strategy and implementation can promote a shift from treating illness to promoting health. Rachel Sapoznik — founder, CEO and president of Sapoznik Insurance — writes about how employers can increase their profit margins, boost employee engagement and promote a happy, healthy workplace that positively impacts the bottom line.

How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work

By Rosie Ward and Jon Robison
Publisher: IHAC, Inc., 2015

This book takes a close look at organizational and employee well-being: what they are and what they are not, why traditional approaches to promoting them are not effective and what can be done to improve them. “The myopic focus on biomedical risk factors [in workplace wellness programs] obscures the critical importance of workplace culture and context that only a truly holistic approach to health and wellbeing can bring,” write the authors.

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What Your Financial Advisor Isn’t Telling You: The 10 Essential Truths You Need to Know About Your Money

By Liz Davidson
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016

“The biggest secret that the financial services industry doesn’t want you to know is that your employer is almost always your best financial services provider,” writes Davidson, founder and CEO of Financial Finesse. This book is a comprehensive guide to unbiased information employees need to make smart personal finance decisions and to achieve total financial wellness.

Managing Your Firm’s 401(k) Plan: A Complete Roadmap to Managing Today’s Retirement Plans

by Matthew X. Smith
Publisher: Wiley, 2010

Written for finance and benefit professionals who are responsible for the management, operations or oversight of their company’s 401(k) plan, “Managing Your Firm’s 401(k) Plan” offers a guide to designing and managing a 401(k) with a focus on financial, fiduciary and regulatory standards.

Cracking Health Costs: How to Cut Your Company’s Health Costs and Provide Employees Better Care

By Tom Emerick and Al Lewis
Publisher: Wiley, 2013

“Cracking Health Costs” reveals the best ways for companies and small businesses to fight back against continually rising healthcare costs. This book proposes multiple practical steps you can take to control costs and increase the effectiveness of the health benefit.

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The Truth About Employee Engagement: A Fable About Addressing the Three Root Causes of Job Misery

by Patrick M. Lencioni
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, 2015

Job dissatisfaction is a constant of the human condition and has a devastating impact on individuals, and on society at large, explains Patrick Lencioni, president of the Table Group, a management consulting firm specializing in executive team development and organizational health. In his new book, Lencioni tries to understand the cause of the problem, as well as find a solution for it. Considering one of the main causes of job misery is the direct supervisor, this is a worthwhile read for managers.

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take On Leadership, Social Media & Self-Awareness

By Gary Vaynerchuck
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2016

“It is a book on leadership and effective marketing. As a whole, our industry has a complete lack of understanding when it comes to effective marketing,” says Kevin Trokey, partner, Q4intellegence. “I believe that any agency that masters marketing will dominate their given market. It is our commitment to help agencies along that path to marketing, and market, dominance.”

The Road to Character

By David Brooks
Publisher: Random House, 2015

“This book takes you through a journey where you learn more about your priorities and how you are defined as a human being,” says James Schutzer, vice president of J.D. Moschitto & Associates Inc.

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Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead by Example

By Steve McClatchy
Publisher: Wiley, 2014

Designed for all parts of an organization, “Decide” is a practical guide to better decision-making. “I believe in the power of this industry to help businesses form vision, missions, common culture and meaningful purpose, as well as the road maps to fulfill them,” McClatchy writes. “Employee development, as part of a company’s mission, has been linked to happier employees, happier customers and longer retention of both. These metrics improve not only the general wellness of an organization but also productivity and the bottom line.”

Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior

By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler and David Maxfield
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education, second edition, 2013

The authors say that broken promises, missed deadlines and poor behavior — problems routinely plaguing our lives — don’t just make others’ lives miserable; they can sap up to 50% of organizational performance. In this book, employers and employees will learn how to hold anyone accountable, master performance discussions and get results.

On the Move

By Oliver Sacks
Publisher: Vintage Books, 2015

"Dr. Sacks was an amazingly accomplished neurologist, writer and professor of medicine. ‘On the Move’ is his life story, and it's quite inspiring,” says Mike Sullivan, chief growth officer at Digital Insurance. “I find it very humbling to read about the achievement of people who are focused on giving back to the world rather than taking from it.”

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Success Built to Last: Creating a Life That Matters

By Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery and Mark Thompson
Publisher: Wharton School Publishing, 2007

“I found his sage wisdom very helpful for my life and career,” says Michael Lujan, chief strategy officer with Limelight Health. “Last year, I met the author while completing my fellowship at Stanford for entrepreneurs and value his perspective.”