A Manager’s Guide to Creating a Flourishing Workplace: Strategies for Fostering Wellness in Libraries

About the Book

Working Title: “A Manager’s Guide to Creating a Flourishing Workplace: Strategies for Fostering Wellness in Libraries”

Editor: Bobbi L. Newman

Publisher:  ALA Editions

Publication Date: Fall 2024

Call for chapter proposals, closes July 1, 2023

Description: As library managers, creating a workplace that promotes the well-being of library staff not only benefits employees but also directly impacts patron services. This book is a comprehensive guide that offers practical strategies and insights for library managers to foster holistic wellness among their staff, ultimately leading to improved patron services.

This book goes beyond traditional wellness approaches and explores various dimensions of well-being, including mental, emotional, social, and occupational health. It provides evidence-based strategies and practical tools to help library managers create a supportive and empowering work culture that enhances the overall well-being of their staff.

From promoting work-life balance and addressing workplace challenges to fostering positive relationships and promoting diversity and inclusion, this book offers actionable recommendations for creating a healthy and positive work environment in libraries. It emphasizes the importance of addressing the physical, psychological, and social aspects of the workplace, including ergonomic considerations, stress management, communication strategies, and leadership styles that prioritize employee well-being.

In addition to benefiting library staff, the strategies outlined in this book also highlight how improving wellness can positively impact patron services. Healthy and engaged staff are more likely to provide high-quality customer service, be motivated to develop innovative programming, and have increased job satisfaction, ultimately leading to better patron experiences.

With its practical advice and emphasis on the connection between employee wellness and patron services, this book is an invaluable resource for library managers dedicated to creating a positive and healthy work environment.