Top 10 Must-Read Books for HR Professionals – Part 2

By Published July 31, 2017
Books for HR

Books for HR

#6. Transforming Workplace Wellness

– Margaret Stockley

In her latest venture, writer and scholar Margaret Stockley focuses on the importance of enhancing wellness at the workplace and also why wellness is of prime significance within an organization. Transforming Workplace Wellness equips teams to be imaginative in their approach and combine winning content with appealing events. The result is an immeasurably readable book that provides innovative content and practical takeaways for today’s wellness programs –, especially in corporates.

It offers a practical, mainstream approach that will appeal to a broad range of professionals who can benefit from reading this book, regardless of the size of their organization or industry. In addition to expanding on the methodology and business processes, Transforming Workplace Wellness Programs include: evidence-based strategies to motivate and engage employees and assist teams who are developing a new suite as well as those who want to incorporate fresh ideas to an existing program components, incentives, coaching, work-flow, and data evaluation to improve performance of interventions 101 low-to-no-cost ideas to support and promote a strategy for organizational effectiveness and economic resilience plus an index of resources.

Overall, a great read and an excellent book for HR, employers and especially HR leaders.

#7. Agile Talent: How to Source and Manage Outside Experts

– Jon Younger & Norm Smallwood

The idea of freelancing and the rise of the gig-economy has been doing the rounds worldwide for some time now. Software giant Accenture estimates up to 30 per cent of the total workforce falls outside the traditional full-time permanent relationship. It is this very idea that has been explored and exploited by the two management stalwarts—Younger and Smallwood in their latest work titled Agile Talent: How to Source and Manage Outside Experts. The duo takes a step ahead and tries to explain as to why companies would require agile talent and what are the best ways to source them? Not only that—what are the actions HR professionals must take to ensure proper sourcing of some great talent and of course how to manage them.

The authors also suggest that we are entering an era in which corporate organizations will analogously recruit external partners to their internal management hires and that the HR department will play a major part in attracting, engaging and building relationships with high-performing agile talent. Organizations will also capitalize more in outside talent alignment to close the cultural gaps, especially in situations where an individual’s aptitudes are exemplary and rare.

This well-researched book will prove interesting not only to chief executives and HR leaders, but to the many people now operating in the gig economy who will hope that some of its important messages resonate with those who employ them.

#8. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

– Adam M Grant

While Grant’s latest adventure might not be the very best one meant for HR professionals, nonetheless in Originals, he addresses the typical challenge of improving the world but now from the perspective of becoming authentic and thereby driving certain changes and challenges. He goes on to emphasize that how can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without taking any risks?

With the help of surprising studies and stories spanning business and politics, Grant goes up to explore how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, choosing the right time to act, manage without fear and doubt. He goes on to emphasize that we must take up challenges and even end up learning from entrepreneurs who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest – and much more.

Grant emphasizes that it is this urge to know that the HR professionals need to embrace. Because only when they learn they will be able to go ahead and develop not only themselves but also employees within an organization.

Definitely, can be rated as one of the best books for HR professionals and talent acquisition leaders.

#9. The HR Paradox: A Manifesto for Change

— Scott Arthur & Cary L. Cooper

Over the past three decades, the overall HR departments across organizations have been dealing with businesses with a hard hand. It has become a department that already has real business needs, and thus it needs to address some great issues that are posing as substantial challenges for the overall department.

In this book, the author argues that we now appear to have a generation of HR professionals that have been romanced by being strategic and as a result have taken their eye off what gave their profession a reason for existing in the first place an understanding of people and how they work in the workplace.

This book also considers the impact of HR Paradox on the profession and its reputation. It considers some of the key disciplines such as recruitment, performance, change management, motivation, reward, people management and other techniques used are fit for purpose and of course making recommendations for improvement. One of the better books for HR professionals who want to bring about some good enough changes.

#10. Inclusive Talent Management

Stephen Frost & Danny Kalman

The two experienced practitioners, Frost and Kalman, have put in a lot of efforts to understand the importance of talent management within an organization. Quoting Martin Luther King, they say “We are confronted with a fierce urgency… This is the time for vigorous and positive action”.

It is Luther’s words and beliefs that the two have held on to sincerely and project in the domain of human resources through their seminal work Inclusive Talent Management.

As these authors point out, leadership is the key. The leader’s role is to understand and analyze their prejudices; they’re ‘in groups’ and also their sense of place in the world and from this standpoint to drive inclusivity.

The leader’s role is to understand their prejudices, they’re ‘in groups,’ and their wisdom of place in the world and from this stance to drive inclusivity. Progressive leaders recognize that endorsing diversity is in no way in opposition to building talent in their organizations.

The authors delve deep into the prejudices involved in the process of talent management and what steps must be implemented to ensure to outgrow the very aspect of inherent prejudices. Inclusive Talent Management is one of the must-read books for HR professionals.

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