Top 10 Books for HR Manager 2020

Top 10 Books for HR Manager 2020

A good HR specialist regularly improves professional expertise, refining practical skills and deepening in theory. Information about personnel management used by leading human resources specialists is available in modern specialized literature. Here is the list of 10 top books for HR managers.

Books for HR specialists that help to find and retain employees

The collection of books useful to all staff management specialists involves bestsellers of recent years. It includes books for HR specialists from the best foreign and local authors: managers, economists, psychologists, and successful business executives.

10. The 27 Challenges Managers Face: Step-by-Step Solutions to (Nearly) All of Your Management Problems

The 27 Challenges Managers Face: Step-by-Step Solutions to (Nearly) All of Your Management Problems

Author: Bruce Tulgan

The book contains many real-life case studies explaining how to retain keynote employees and productively manage personnel. The author offers an action plan that helps to prevent problems with the team, set tasks with the most efficiency, support and incentivize employees.

Bruce Tulgan is a practitioner and expert in management. He is a founder and CEO of RainmakerThinking, which does research in the field of management and corporate governance. Trainer, consultant, author of business bestsellers.

Reasons to read the book:

  • practical advice;

  • systematic approach;

  • many examples.

9. HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing People

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing People

Authors: Harvard Business Review

How does the management policy influence employee productivity? Are there any universal methods to motivate employees? Authors of the best articles about personnel management tell readers about these and other issues. They are experienced psychologists, economists, and managers of major companies (Douglas Smith, Daniel Goleman, Marcus Buckingham, Chris Argiris, and others).

The collection of articles by Harvard Business Review is intended for HR specialists and everyone who wants to grow into a highly proficient executive in the future.

Reasons to read the book:

  • involves the opinions of many experts;

  • easy to read and excellently structured;

  • offers diverse articles.

8. How to Become a Great Boss: The Rules for Getting and Keeping the Best Employees

How to Become a Great Boss: The Rules for Getting and Keeping the Best Employees

Author: Jeffrey J. Fox

Readers can learn about the mechanics of building a business: how to form the team where members clearly understand the set tasks and work with maximum efficiency. The author explains how to find talented specialists and lure them into your team.

Jeffrey J. Fox is a founder of Fox & Co consultancy firm engaged in strategic marketing. He is an author of training courses and business books translated to different languages. The author has 12 years of experience in marketing.

Reasons to read the book:

  • repeatedly republished bestseller;

  • practical recommendations from the author’s personal experience;

  • non-standard approaches.

7. The Rare Find: How Great Talent Stands Out

The Rare Find: How Great Talent Stands Out

Author: George Anders

Standardized education and university degree do not guarantee that the employee will be truly efficient. Research shows that talented people with big potential can achieve high results. What are the assessment criteria for employees? How to recognize a genius? This book tells readers about non-standards ways of hiring, as well as the creative approach to the search for valuable specialists in different companies.

Its author is George Anders – a journalist that specializes in business topics (The Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn, Fast Company, and Bloomberg View).

Reasons to read the book:

  • offbeat methods;

  • up-to-date approaches;

  • practical advice.

6. Talent on Demand: Managing Talent in an Age of Uncertainty

Talent on Demand: Managing Talent in an Age of Uncertainty

Author: Peter Cappelli

A book about efficient management of talents without difficult bureaucratic schemes and controversial rules. The author offers to build new practices to unlock the potential of employees: for this purpose, he takes supply chain management as a basis.

Peter Cappelli is a professor of management at Wharton Business School and director at Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. In the book, he describes the reasons for the efficiency decline of standard HR approaches and offers alternative solutions.

Reasons to read the book:

  • unusual methodology;

  • deep analytics;

  • solutions that are new to the Russian market.

5. HR Digital. Best Practices of Employers

HR Digital. Best Practices of Employers

Author: Nina Osovitskaya

What is HR digital and how does digitalization influence personnel management? The book analyzes automation schemes for HR processes, as well as the use of the latest technologies for the solution of HR-related tasks. The book HR Digital Best Practices of Employers offers recruitment and employee retention techniques, as well as methods of handling the employer brand.

Besides, the book touches upon the HR trend called workplace wellness, which involves the improvement of employee wellbeing at the workplace. HR specialists actively discuss this acute topic at specialized conferences. You can find out more about workplace wellness at w2 conference Moscow, which will take place on March 19.

Reasons to read the book:

  • recommendations that can be used at the national market;

  • trend directions of work;

  • information about workplace wellness.

4. Remote: Office not Required

Remote: Office not Required

Authors: Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

The book is intended for modern businesspersons that want to form a team of their dream and not to restrict themselves in geography. How to find employees in different countries of the world? What are the advantages of remote work for the company and employees? The authors of Remote: Office not Required answer these questions.

Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson are entrepreneurs that founded a successful company called 37signals. Besides, they are authors of the bestseller Getting Real and owners of the popular blog Signal vs. Noise.

Reasons to read the book:

  • recommendations from personal experience of authors;

  • modern trends of remote employee management;

  • case studies from foreign practice.

3. The War for Talent

The War for Talent

Authors: Ed Michaels, Helen Handfield-Jones, and Beth Axelrod

The book is based on research findings of McKinsey, which set the goal to detect how the attitude toward employees influences business progress. The authors specify figures and facts that confirm this interrelation. Besides, they explain how to build a personnel management scheme for greater efficiency.

The notion “war for talent” appeared during the research that formed the basis of this book. Its authors are experts in personnel management, development of growth strategy, and building an efficient team.

Reasons to read the book:

  • figures, facts, results of the big research;

  • efficient employee retention methods;

  • bright examples.

2. Primed to Perform: How to Build the Highest Performing Cultures Through the Science of Total Motivation

Primed to Perform: How to Build the Highest Performing Cultures Through the Science of Total Motivation

Authors: Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor

How to affect performance in a company? Does it depend on the management style? How are corporate values formed and how is project management carried out? Authors of this book tell readers about these and many other things. They thoroughly review the value of corporate culture, as well as ways of measuring its productivity.

Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor are founders of Vega Factor, a firm that specializes in the formation of corporate culture and automation of personnel management processes using technologies.

Reasons to read the book:

  • the best methods of corporate culture management;

  • experience of top global companies;

  • examples of different management styles.

1. Who. Solve Your #1 Problem

 Who. Solve Your #1 Problem

Authors: Jeoff Smart, Randy Street

How to find the right people for your team? By what criteria to assess the answers of applicants and what is unacceptable to do at a job interview? Written by recruitment experts, this book highlights these and many other aspects. Readers learn about methods based on the experience of successful managers, owners of big companies, directors of different organizations.

Jeff Smart and Randy Street are recruitment specialists that trained over 30,000 managers. Jeff Smart founded ghSMART, a company that consults billionaires and political leaders. Randy Street acts as a managing partner of this company.

Reasons to read the book:

  • systematic approach;

  • experience of big international companies;

  • hard numbers and examples.

Mentioned books for HR specialists will also be of use to everyone interested in career growth issues, top managers, business owners, and executives.

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