Best Books on Workplace Wellbeing and Mental health

Best Books on Workplace Wellbeing and Mental health


Workplace wellbeing is already a hot topic for businesses. That’s why EW Group has teamed up with Champs Consulting to create a series of mental health awareness events designed to highlight and support workplace wellbeing, whatever the business you’re in. Today is Blue Monday, after all.

Most of us would acknowledge that work is good for us. Alongside that all-important income, our jobs give us a sense of purpose, identity, structure and valued friendships.

But what if work begins to adversely affect our wellbeing? According to the mental health awareness charity Mind, 1 in 6 employees will experience a common mental health problem this year, including anxiety and depression.

For anyone looking for the best books on workplace wellbeing, here’s some suggested reading to have up your sleeve, in your locker, or wherever else makes the difference.

1. The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success

In The Happiness Track, author Emma Seppala explains why the speed of our lives is reaching overwhelming levels, leaving us stressed and burnt out.

Drawing on the latest findings from neuroscience, psychology and her own ground-breaking work as science director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, she offers practical tips on resilience, positive stress and managing wellbeing at work. She also explains why finding happiness and fulfilment may be the most productive thing we can do to thrive professionally.


2. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Grit, written by pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth, is another must-read for anybody who has felt lost, inadequate or down on their luck. Through her own enlightening story, and dozens of interviews with inspiring individuals, she demonstrates that it’s not a brilliant mind, but the right mind-set, that enables us to endure life’s storms and become the people we want to be.

For an insight into Angela’s theory of grit as a predictor of success,. take a look at her fascinating TED Talk on the subject.


3. A Job to Love

Alongside a satisfying relationship, a career we love is one of the foremost requirements for a fulfilled life. Unfortunately, it is devilishly hard to understand oneself well enough to know quite where one’s energies should be directed. A Job To Love is designed to help us out of some of these impasses.


4. Calm

The School of Life offers two guides to how we can better understand ourselves, manage our professional anxieties, and locate a job that is right for us.

A Job to Love  is a fast, accessible read exploring confidence, the ‘perfectionist trap’ and the ‘vocation myth’ – the idea that if we don’t have a clear career path in mind, we are somehow a lesser person. (You can read a free extract here.)

Calm, meanwhile, unpacks the causes of our greatest stresses and explains how our power to remain calm can be rehearsed and improved, thereby counteracting agitation and anxiety at work. (Free extract here.)


5. Who Moved my Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and In Your Life

Who Moved my Cheese is a modern classic, in which bestselling author Dr Spencer Johnson highlights the need to be flexible if we are maintain wellbeing at work and enjoy personal growth at the same time. His playful narrative illustrates why being open to change and embracing new passions makes life an adventure in itself.

Find out more how we can support you to improve workplace wellbeing in your organisation

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