We encourage companies to reward members for reading by assigning points to books. That extra incentive can really help drive participation and engagement in your BetterBookClub program.
Like everything else in your BetterBookClub program, keep it simple! Make the system easy to understand and implement.
Assigning Points to Books
While you can customize your own point system, we recommend a 0-100 point scale in 25 point increments. Books are ranked by complexity, relevance, and/or importance. The more complex or relevant the book is to your industry; the more points it’s assigned.
- If you have any orientation materials, training manuals or videos, etc. that are required for your employees, you can add those into your library and assign them zero points. This way you can track when employees read or watch required materials without making them eligible for a reward.
- These are short, easy to read books that you could finish in about a day or weekend. While there may not be a lot of “meat” to the book, they still provide valuable insight. This is a great place to start for people who don’t deem themselves to be readers.
- Length: Typically less than 100 pages
- Examples: The Dip by Seth Godin, Fish! By Stephen C. Lundin, 212 by Sam Parker
- Books at this level are a little longer and typically take a week or so to read - a bit more information but the content is relatively easy to digest.
- Length: Usually 100-250 pages
- Examples: The Corner Office by Adam Bryant, The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary D. Chapman
- These have more content and take longer to digest, but they’re worth the time investment.
- Length: Usually 225-350 pages
- Examples: Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey, Contagious by Jonah Berger, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
- Books in this category may be similar in length to 75 point books, but the information is more complex.
- Length: Usually 275+ pages
- Examples: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
- For books in your physical bookshelf, label the inside cover with its point value for easy reference. You can also add your company logo to the label as a means to show ownership of the book.
- Establish your point system before rolling out the program and keep it consistent. The key is making it easy for your employees to understand.