To Hit the Books: Essential Readings HR Professional Should Start

April 4, 201910:03 am
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From traditional to AI-based hiring, HR industry is undergoing a constant revolution amidst the changing talent landscape. Just like other departments, professionals in the HR department should continuously educate themselves regarding the latest trends and best practices in their area of expertise. Today’s HR leaders should able to cover many important topics that they can benefit from and learn more about. Thus, as HR needs to acknowledge themselves continuously, reading books and learning other resources such as internet-based courses should be part of your personal development plan.

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To help you learn more about how you can power through your work, we have complied 8 essential books every HR professionals should read.

HR on Purpose: Developing Deliberate People Passion by Steve Browne

Steve Browne is an accomplished writer and thought leader in HR. He has dedicated his life to help and connect global HR community. In his book, Browne shares real-life examples and insights to shape HR professionals to be more advanced in their career approach. His book talks about what HR professionals should let go of any preconceptions of what they think HR should be and focus on what HR could be instead.

HR Disrupted: It’s Time For Something Different by Lucy Adams

Lucy Adams is a writer, thought leader, and CEO of Disruptive HR. Her topic on HR is focused on changing an outdated HR practices for good. She is also thought leader on leading complex change and disruption of HR. In her book, Adams discusses that HR has lost its way and needs to find a new direction. She encourages HR practitioners to take fresh look at their approach and then completely transform it.

Data-Driven HR: How to Use Analytics and Metrics to Drive Performance by Bernard Marr

LinkedIn recognises Bernard Marr as one of top five business influencers. He is a keynote speaker and strategic advisor to companies and governments. In his book, Marr reveals the way data can contribute to organisational success by driving performance, optimising processes, and improving decision-making in HR industry. The book will encourage HR professionals to leverage the vast amount of data available to them.

Armstrong’s Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice by Michael Armstrong and Stephen Taylor

Michael Armstrong has spent 25 years as HR practitioner, while Stephen Taylor is senior lecturer in HR management at University of Exeter Business and School. Both are chief examiners of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). In their book, you will find how to put theory into practice and simple everyday approach you can apply within your organisation. Additionally, this book also covers language and jargon of corporate world you need. It provides basic advice of HR’s everyday life.

The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals by Shawn Smith and Rebecca Mazin

Shawn Smith and Rebecca Mazin created this book as a simple Q&A for HR professionals as a reference that gives pressing information without having to surf on Google. This book covers general management so you can understand how management and HR work together, as well as the importance of creating plans and turn it to action.

Artificial Intelligence for HR: Use AI to support and Develop a successful Workforce by Ben Eubanks

Ben Eubanks is an analyst and influencer. His perspective on development of research and insights will allow you to open up new window of know-how technology and HR areas. His book discusses a helpful overview of artificial intelligence, how it changes world of work, and opportunities AI created in HR industry. This book is amongst excellent resources to help HR understand impact that AI will have on employee experiences.

Creating a Kaizen Culture: Align the Organization, Achieve Breakthrough Results, and Sustain the Gains by J.Miller, M. Wroblewski, and J. Villafuerte

This book provide superior strategies, technologies, and methods to link effective leaders with engaged employees. The kaizen process discussed in this book has been proven to achieve a mindful organisational culture. Also, HR professionals and leaders who create kaizen cultures can enable their people to engage, innovate, adapt, and sustain high performance.

Social Media Recruitment: How to successfully Integrate Social Media into Recruitment Strategy by Andy Headworth

Andy Headworth is the world’s preeminent authority in the area of social recruitment. In his book, Headworth covers essentials from beginning to end of process, including how to implement social media strategy, crossover between HR, recruiting and marketing, measuring ROI, HR policies and procedures needed.  Technology and big data are also two topics covered by Headworth in his book. You will have deeper insight of social media recruitment with this book.

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