5 Easy Ways to Bring Reading to Work
In an ideal world, we’d all work somewhere that was hugely supportive of reading; where people happily chat about the book they’re halfway through and there is, perhaps, even a space where you can relax with a novel over your lunch break. But this isn’t an ideal world, and not every workplace or job is conducive to reading during the day. Book lovers out there: don’t despair! There are ways to bring reading into the workplace, even if you don’t have a reading den there. Here are a few things you can do:
Add ‘What I’m Reading’ to Your Email Signature
Add a line to your email signature that tells people what you’re reading. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can add a little synopsis, or recommend the book to those who liked something similar (for example: This book is great for anyone who loved Gone Girl). Note: this is something you might want to keep to internal emails only, or discuss with your supervisor to make sure it’s ok to do.
Trust me, everyone can find something they want to buy at a bookshop
Keep Books on Your Desk and be Seen Reading
Having a book or two sitting on your desk or being seen reading during your lunch hour can help spark conversations with co-workers, which could lead to…
Start a Book Group
If you know of any book-loving co-workers, consider gathering them together for a regular book discussion group. This could take place over your lunch break or after hours. Plus, if you’re all reading the same thing, you’ll have something to talk about in between meet-ups!
Give Books or Vouchers as Gifts
If your office does some sort of holiday-themed gift-giving event, or presents for birthdays, consider wrapping up a popular or much-loved book or giving book tokens. Trust me, everyone can find something they want to buy at a bookshop, even those who claim to hate books!
When chatting with your officemates, try working books you’ve read into the conversation
Bring up Books You’ve Read in Conversation
When chatting with your officemates, try working books you’ve read into the conversation. If they ask how you spent your weekend, mention the super-addictive novel you spent half of Saturday night curled up with. If something comes up that reminds you of a story you’ve read, say so! You never know what sorts of chats this might lead to.
Have you managed to bring reading into your workplace? Have any tips for our readers? Share them in the comments below!
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