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Firms Open a New Chapter at Work

Academic journal article Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services

Firms Open a New Chapter at Work

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A HAPPY worker is a well-read worker, Britain's leading companies have concluded. Marks & Spencer, Boots and Ford are to create reading hours in an attempt to keep staff intellectually stimulated and more innovative.

Workers will be given a reading list, ranging from Jeanette Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit to Nick Hornby's footballing classic Fever Pitch. Book groups will gather in lunch breaks or after work to debate the literary merits of the weekly tome. Some groups will read aloud for those too lazy to do the work themselves. The Books for Work initiative is backed by the Government as part of its National Year of Reading and is sponsored by the Orange Prize For Fiction.

Julia Hazis, of Marks & Spencer's Arts and Science Forum, said: "We hope everyone from the managing director to shopfloor technicians will take part. There are 400 people in our head office who are already interested. …

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