Title: The Incredible Value of Employee Power
Author: Robertson Hunter Stewart
“This book is about convincing anyone that might read it of the fundamental value of employees and about showing in a concrete manner what can be done to tap into the incredible energy of employee power”
The Incredible Value of Employee Power: Unleashed How to gain competitive advantage by treating your employees well! is a self-help book which gives an insight into how both employees and employers should see the value in being employee centric, and the positive impact that can have on a business. The book is split into different sections to help the reader digest all the tips and helpful information the author is trying to provide.
For the most part, the tips and tricks which the author gave were very straightforward which I liked because it meant the audience won’t just be limited to those who are familiar with business lingo and jargon. As far as I could tell, the intended audience was anyone who has been an employee or employer, which, well, is just about anyone!
The visual aids were very helpful throughout the book – given the subject content, some of the chapters were a little dry, so using diagrams and graphs definitely helped explain the author’s point. I also think the author did a good job of trying to make the tone more informal in order for the content to be a little more relatable and easier to connect with, however, I do think the colloquial manner somewhat impeded the book’s ability to properly convey some serious techniques for good business, but overall, I see why he chose to do that. (Though, I did not find, and don’t think I have ever found in printed text, the use of emojis at all helpful or compelling – so the use of those was a definite no from me).
Although the author was well-aware of this as he mentioned it throughout, I think that having all the examples geared towards employers/employees of a hotel definitely impeded its ability to be as relatable as possible. It would have been good to see a diverse range of examples and therefore allow more people to relate.
Mostly I think the book just needed a little more finesse – the content was good and I could see what he was trying to achieve, but I think the execution missed the mark a little. However, you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, so maybe I should be a little less judgemental towards layout/presentation as well…
While I think it’s useful to have insights in books such as these, I do think they’re very subjective and rely a lot of that individual’s experience. That said, I implore the author’s tenacity in his attempt to convey his thoughts and methods in this book, and I’m sure anyone would find it useful whether they are employees or employers, plus it definitely makes you think in a way you may not have considered before.
Thank you to the author, Robertson Hunter Stewart, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.