Recommended Reading for the “Savvy HR Professional”


One of my New Year’s resolutions is always professional development. As an HR Manager, it is so easy to get bogged down in the day to day operations, that you lose sight of your own continuing education. In order to keep up a high level of thought, creativity, and commitment to what we do, it’s important to keep our finger on the pulse of any developments in HR. For those new to HR, it can he daunting just to keep up with the basics!

With that in mind, we are making a list of books that we thought would be useful to you.

So, come on in, look around a spell, and see if there’s something that interests you.


The Essential HR Handbook: A Quick and Handy Resource for Any Manager or HR Professional
 Books on HRM   What’s on Your HR Bookshelf?
Books on HRM What’s on Your HR Bookshelf?

This book is a great introduction to all things in HR, especially for someone new to the role. This book is simply written and easy to understand. Also, the addition of an “HR index” in the back provides a quick reference for when you’re faced with a question or issue you need to resolve quickly.

The author packs in tons of examples of HR scenarios and how to deal with them. She tackles everything from hiring-with an accompanying list of interview questions-to providing feedback, avoiding HR and legal landmines, and dealing with real-world employee concerns. The author also uses professionals in the HR industry who are experts in their specialty to write some of the chapters. I think this makes the book more relevant, in addition to the fact that it also touches on technology and that can help the busy HR professional.

The next pick is a fun one. In the age of collaboration and employee engagement, team building has become a critical HR skill.

Teambuilding is a great way to bring a little fun to the office. My pick for this category is:


The Big Book of Team-Motivating Games: Spirit-Building, Problem-Solving and Communication Games for Every Group (Big Book Series)

This is a fun book that is well laid out and has a ton of ice breakers, activities and games. If you need to get people off their backsides and moving around the room, this is a keeper.

Clear, simple examples make this an easy read. The Big Book will help you to foster communication and interaction and pull the shyer team members into the conversation.

Online Guide to Managing Human Resources