The team at Warby Parker isn’t just obsessed with revolutionizing the eyewear industry, they’re also obsessed with books.
In a world where the vast majority of companies don’t even offer a single book club to their employees, the team of about 300 people over at Warby Parker, offers more than 10.
And if you were to step into their spacious flagship store in Lower Manhattan, you’ll see something that looks more like a book store and less like an eyewear boutique.
Even their name references their passion for the written word.
“Warby Parker” is an amalgam of the names of two characters found in the personal journals of Jack Kerouac—Zagg Parker and Warby Pepper.
So why such a strong devotion to books?
What is it about books and book clubs that appeals to this disruptive innovator?
“At Warby Parker, we’re constantly looking to find new ways to both challenge and inspire our employees,” said Neil Blumenthal, one of the company’s co-founders, in a 2014 interview with Fast Company.
“One of the most obvious, but often overlooked, ways is simply to pick up a book and read.”
Yes, picking up a book and reading it on your own may be a great individual investment of time and effort but if you were to take that experience and share it with your co-workers, it could be transformative.
Starting a book club at work not only helps you, it’s beneficial for everyone in the organization.
Here are 4 reasons why you should consider starting one at your company: