We Knew About Book Clubs Before They Were Cool

September 30, 2015

Book Clubs are in vogue again. Just look at Mark Zuckerberg’s A Year of Books. Apparently old technology is still a great way to share ideas and trigger the imagination. Who knew? And from the people that are making the bookish look cool, Warby Parker also has a well attended book club, which makes sense for them. At NextGen, we’re doing one because it’s fun, and we like fun, especially when there’s good discussion and fancy snacks.

Here’s Why You Should Start One at Your Office

No they shouldn’t be mandatory, but if fancy snacks isn’t a good enough business case, here’s what you can tell those people who demand a reason for all your actions and pursuits:

1. They Knock Down Silos.

It’s no good when people at your office don’t know what sort of value the rest of their team adds. A book club is a good way to get to know people from different teams and hear how they think (and learn what they do).

2. Up with Creativity.

Reading helps people solve more problems creatively. It widens the lens through which we all see the world, and that opens up possibilities.

3. Get Smart.

Reading makes you smarter. Unless you’re reading those Shades of Grey books. Although we can’t say that for sure (We’ve never read them).

4. Take a Break.

It helps refresh the spirit. We recommend pairing with fancy snacks. Maybe a little wine?

5. Not so Bad Here After All.

They help with morale. It’s helpful not to always have to think of Kenny in Purchasing as the guy who always bugs you for billing details but as Kenny the guy in purchasing who also loves the novel The Invisible Man. Who knew? .

Again, maybe a business case isn’t necessary, because book clubs are fun and it’s just sort of good to equate fun with work. I guess that’s actually a business case. Just don’t forget the fancy snacks.

About NextGen

NextGen is the brainchild of longtime telecom professionals with nearly 50 years of experience and millions of dollars in Telecom Recruiting Services. We focus on establishing long term relationships with our clients and candidates so we can recruit the best and the brightest in the telecom industry. This ‘quality over quantity’ approach is at the heart of everything we do and has resulted in successful job placements at Fortune 1000 firms worldwide.

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