AJ Richichi, CEO and founder of Sprockets, announces the release of Hourly: Empowering the Invisible Workforce for Shared Success, in partnership with Forbes Books. Set to hit shelves on June 18th, it is now available for preorder on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, and more. This publication marks a significant milestone in the world of workforce management, offering a blueprint for companies to harness the potential of their hourly workers through compassionate leadership and innovative practices.

In Hourly, Richichi explores the challenges of the often-overlooked majority of the US workforce: the hourly employees who keep our economy running yet feel invisible. Through research and firsthand experience, Richichi discusses why it seems so difficult to find solutions but shows that change is possible, providing practical ways for companies to improve employee satisfaction and productivity. 

The book includes a section of case studies from brands like Papa Johns, Panda Restaurant Group, and Sizzling Platter, that have achieved positive results by instituting policies that humanize and support their hourly workers. These serve as real-life examples of what businesses can do to enhance their employees’ lives while boosting profitability.

Richichi shares, “The inspiration for Hourly stemmed from a profound realization that the success of our economy hinges on the well-being and empowerment of our hourly workers. This book is a call to action for businesses to rethink their approach and commit to practices that ultimately lead to better employee engagement, more cost savings, and reduced turnover.”

The book starts with a foreword written by Natalie Rothman, the Chief People Officer of Inspire Brands, a $33 billion multi-brand restaurant company that includes over 32,000 Arby’s, Baskin-Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s, and SONIC Drive-In locations worldwide. She also states, “Hourly: Empowering the Invisible Workforce for Shared Success is a great read for employers who seek to unlock the full potential of their hourly workforce. This book offers great suggestions on how to hire the best people for your culture and how to leverage technology to automate work so managers and Human Resources professionals can spend more time coaching and developing their teams.”

Additional testimonials praise Hourly for its insightful analysis and practical solutions. “Hourly is THE manifesto for leading, inspiring, and retaining your hourly workforce,” says Ben Fanning, host of the podcast called “Lead the Team.” Doug Haugh, Chief Commercial Officer of Vertex Energy, asserts, “Hourly is simply required reading for any leader or manager trying to build a better team or working to improve the performance of the team they have in their stores, trucks, warehouses, or service centers.”

As the official release date draws near, Hourly: Empowering the Invisible Workforce for Shared Success is poised to spark conversations and drive change across industries, encouraging a more equitable and successful future for the hourly workforce.