10 Best Human Resources Books Every HR Professional Should Read

This post was written by Bridgette Hernandes

When you want to make waves in the world of HR there are certain big ideas that you need to be aware of. Take a look at the following 10 books, and set yourself on the path to even greater heights.

Talent Management Handbook, by Lance A Berger

If you want to know how to manage your best and brightest then you’ll need to read this latest offering by Lance A Berger. With tips on how to get the most out of your most capable staff, it’ll show you how to manage expectations whilst providing clear progression.

Every business has a few talented people suited for growth and management positions. Berger provides a thought-provoking look at how you can do just that, without alienating the rest of your team.

Overcoming Mobbing: A recovery guide for workplace aggression and bulling, by Maureen Duffy

Every HR professional needs to be cognisant of workplace bullying. It used to be something people were prepared to turn a blind eye to, but not anymore. With tactics and strategy that will allow you to identify the warning signs, this book allows you to stay one step ahead at all times.

“This book talks through a highly sensitive area with sensitivity and kindness. I loved how it gave me an insight into how these kinds of situations can arise” — explains Ethan Dunwill, Content Editor at HotEssayService.

Work Rules! Insights from inside Google that will transform how you live and lead, by Lazlo Bock

Google is known as one of the world’s most innovative companies, and with good reason. By seeing how they do things differently you won’t just learn valuable business lessons. You’ll see new ways to live your life outside of work too. This book is priceless if you want to make the winning decisions that will allow you to drive your career forward.

Do More Great Work: Stop the busy busywork. Start the work that matters, by Michael Bungay Stainer

Busywork is something that plagues all of us, and it’s nothing but a waste of time. Stainer shows us how to cut through red tape and do away with wasted time once and for all. It all starts with drawing up a list of priorities that focus on where you want to get to.

“The timesaving advice in this book is priceless. It can be so hard to focus on the task at hand, so it was really refreshing to see such an easy to follow approach” — explains Steven Mehler, CCO at RatedByStudents

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg

This book comes from a woman who really needs no introduction. As one of the world’s foremost business leaders she offers life lessons from a woman’s point of view. Highly recommended reading for anyone looking to make it in male dominated industries.

First break all the rules: What all the world’s greatest managers do differently, by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

With an eye-catching title like this how could I not add it to my list? Breaking the rules is something we all get tempted to do when we reach an impasse. But what if it were actually the way forward? Buckingham and Coffman take the reader on a tour of everything you can turn on its head, and aren’t afraid to tell you why you’ve been doing it wrong.

“This book transformed my outlook on business overnight. Priceless insights everyone should read sooner rather than later!” — explains Neightan White, Content Marketer at SupremeDissertations

Good to Great: Why some companies make the leap and other don’t, by Jim Collins

Learning why companies fail is just as important as seeing why they succeed. In his seminal work Collins tells every HR professional the secrets they wished they knew when they first got into the job. With thoroughly researched case studies and original insights he lays out clearly and succinctly what a successful business should be doing.  

HR Disrupted: It’s time for something different, by Lucy Adams

Doing things different is very much the theme at the moment with disruptive tech and innovative services taking the world by storm. You can also apply this way of thinking to HR and create a company that gets the very most out of its resources.

“I was impressed by the research that backs up everything Adam says. Often these books are conjecture and opinion, but here there were plenty of actionable insights and data-driven decisions” — explains Chelsea Ann Dowdell, CCO at RewardedEssays.

Aligning human resources and business strategy, by Linda Holbeche

HR is so often at odds with the rest of the business because people don’t understand what it’s for. This book gives you priceless advice on how to explain to the rest of your company how HR makes people’s lives easier. With more people onboard you’ll find it far easier to get the job done when deadlines are tight and resources are stretched.

Fierce Conversations: Achieving success at work and in life, one conversation at a time, by Susan Scott

Susan Scott’s work is a bonafide tour de force that tells you everything you need to know to progress your HR career. So often a career turns on half a dozen conversations that are spaced out over more than a decade. By mentally preparing yourself for these events, and always having a question in your back pocket, Scott shows you how to get what you finally deserve.


About the Author

Bridgette Hernandes is a Master in Anthropology who is interested in writing, and planning to publish her own book in the near future. She finished her study last year and is already a respected expert who has a knack for presenting her work in a creative and easy to digest manner. She is passionate about communicating new ideas to a wider audience. In her spare time she is an editor at rewardedessays.com.