HR Books: 6 Must Reads For Human Resource Professionals
As a human resources professional, when it comes to choosing an HR book to add to your must-read list, you might get lost in the endless scrolling list that is the “Management” category on Amazon. Sometimes it can be tough to find the insightful books out there that are more HR specific.
There’s good news. Your searching troubles are over!
Here is a list of 6 HR books that come highly recommended by some of the big thought leaders in HR such as Tim Sackett, Trish McFarlane, and Crystal Spraggins. You’re bound to find one that will help you grow and will allow you to better manage your workplace.
And to add something a little extra special for you, we’re giving away all of the HR books listed! Scroll through to the bottom to enter for your chance to win!
Super Staying Power: What You Need to Become Valuable and Resilient at Work by Jason Seiden
“Super Staying Power will prepare you to survive the stress and pressure of today’s business climate. The information you learn from this book will make you resilient and invaluable to your organization, and it will help you shift your thinking to a new, success-oriented perspective that will make it easier for you to leverage skills you already have to achieve more, with less worry.”
Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork. Start the Work That Matters by Michael Bungay Stanier
“Do More Great Work gets to the heart of the problem: Even the best performers are spending less than a fraction of their time doing “Great Work”—the kind of innovative work that pushes us forward, stretches our creativity, and truly satisfies us.
Michael Bungay Stanier, Canadian Coach of the Year in 2006, is a business consultant who’s found a way to move us away from bad work (and even good work), and toward more time spent doing great work.”
I Am HR: 5 Strategic Ways to Break Stereotypes and Reclaim HR by Laurie Ruettimann
“Why does everyone hate HR? Why does HR get stuck with the negative stereotypes of being old, dowdy, slow, bloated, bureaucratic and run by middle-aged women who love cats? And how can we fix that? In direct, frank, unconventional language, Laurie Ruettimann breaks down stereotypes about human resources and advises HR pro on how they can reclaim their work and their reputations.”
Overcoming Mobbing: A Recovery Guide for Workplace Aggression and Bullying by Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry
“Mobbing is a destructive social process in which individuals, groups, or organizations target a person for ridicule, humiliation, and removal from the workplace. It can lead to deteriorating physical and mental health, workplace violence, and even suicide.
Studies indicate that as many as 37% of American workers have experienced workplace abuse at some time in their working lives. Overcoming Mobbing is an informative, comprehensive guidebook written for the victims of mobbing and their families who often can’t make sense of the experience or mobilize resources for recovery.”
In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People by George Simon Jr.
“Dr. George Simon knows how people push your buttons. Your children, especially teens, are expert at it, as is your mate. A co-worker may quietly undermine your efforts while professing to be helpful, or your boss may prey on your weaknesses. Manipulative people have two goals: to win and to look good doing it.
Often those they abuse are only vaguely aware of what is happening to them. In this eye-opening book, you’ll also discover 4 reasons why victims have a hard time leaving abusive relationships, power tactics manipulators use to push their own agendas and justify their behavior, ways to redefine the rules of engagement between you and an abuser, how to spot potential weaknesses in your character that can set you up for manipulation, and 12 tools for personal empowerment to help you maintain greater strength in all relationships.”
It’s Okay to Be the Boss: The Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming the Manager Your Employees Need by Bruce Tulgan
“In It’s Okay to Be the Boss, Bruce Tulgan puts his finger on the biggest problem in corporate America, an undermanagement epidemic affecting managers at all levels of the organization and in all industries, and offers another way.
His clear, step-by-step guide to becoming the strong manager employees need challenges bosses everywhere to spell out expectations, tell employees exactly what to do and how to do it, monitor and measure performance constantly, and correct failure quickly and reward success even more quickly.
Now that’s how you set employees up for success and help them earn what they need. Tulgan opens our eyes to the undisciplined workplace that is overwhelming managers and frustrating workers and invites bosses everywhere to accept the sacred responsibility of managing people
His message: It’s okay to be the boss. Be a great one!”
BONUS BOOK: Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans by Peter Shankman
While Peter Shankman is typically viewed as someone from the marketing side of things, his new book is the perfect blend of culture, customer service, and marketing for a world where all 3 are intertwined more than ever.
“Marketing and PR expert Peter Shankman has been working with the biggest companies in the world to create what he calls “Zombie Loyalists,” fervent fans that help companies massively increase their customer base, brand awareness, and most importantly, revenue. After all, why should you have to tell the world how amazing you are if you can have your existing customers do it for you?
Imagine an army of customers who will do your public relations, marketing and advertising, without being asked, each and every time they give you their money. These are Zombie Loyalists. They are ready to buy what you sell, respond to your email offers and demand that their friends to do the same.”
If you work in human resources reading these books is one of the most valuable things you can do for your professional development.
What HR Books Are On Your Must-Read List?
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