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Books written on human resource management are a vital source of information for HR professionals, helping them expand their knowledge and providing guidance on how to contribute to an organisation’s HR department effectively. 

In an ever-changing professional landscape, being informed and gaining insight into culture, leadership and people is essential to a well-functioning organisation.

Whether you’re a current or aspiring HR professional, or perhaps someone who simply has a keen interest in the subject, there are an abundance of useful and informative HR books to broaden your knowledge. 

To give you further insight, we’ve compiled a list of the 8 best HR books you should consider adding to your 2024 reading list this year.

1) Remote Not Distant: Design a Company Culture That Will Help You Thrive in a Hybrid Workplace by Gustavo Razzetti  

There’s no more denying it: remote and hybrid working is very much here to stay and embracing it can help organisations stay ahead of the latest working norm. 

This best-selling book by Gustavo Razzetti, CEO of Fearless Culture and the popular Culture Design Canvas, acts as a roadmap, with actionable insights, ideas, and tools, to help companies navigate through this new environment and effectively embed hybrid working into their culture. 

His work sheds light on hybrid working hot topics such as how to construct organisational culture in a remote setting, how to build psychological safety, and how to manage collaboration for hybrid teams; a perfect read for those organisational leaders still learning the ropes.

2) HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources by Dave Ulrich, Jon Younger, Wayne Brockbank & Mike Ulrich 

A comprehensive guide with informative insights and practical guidelines, suitable for companies of all sizes, this book serves as a handy tool that focuses on aligning the goals of an HR department with the overall goals of the business. 

With HR beginning to take on a more strategic role within organisations, the authors emphasise that knowledge of personnel and benefits is simply not enough if you want to be a successful HR professional anymore. Instead, HR needs to play a part in strategy and leadership at a higher level.

Highlighting six core competencies that HR departments need to master, including how they are expected to deliver to their organisation, along with how they can achieve a positive, company-wide contribution to its growth.  

3) Irresistible: The Seven Secrets of the World’s Most Enduring, Employee-Focused Organisations by Josh Bersin 

Josh Bersin needs no introduction to the world of HR, business, and leadership, for those unfamiliar, he is a renowned research analyst, speaker and writer in the areas of human resources, technology, learning and leadership. He is best known as the founder of Bersin by Deloitte, which “delivers research-based people strategies designed to help leaders drive exceptional business performance”. 

Bersin introduces new ways to approach organisational design, employee engagement, and development. By refining decades of research into seven fundamental principles, Bersin offers readers valuable insight into building enduring and thriving organisations with improved customer satisfaction, employee retention, and business agility - all through an employee-first approach.

This book comes complete with examples of Bersin’s own consulting work and experience with HR leaders and business executives, along with useful tips to help implement the concepts introduced. 

4) Generation Z: A Century in the Making by Corey Seemiller & Meghan Grace 

While the Millennial generation has received perhaps more coverage and research than any other generation in history, less attention has been given to Gen Z, which currently comprises our youngest consumers, colleagues, students, voters, and neighbours. 

This book offers insight into the lives of those in Generation Z, exploring various topics such as their career aspirations, social concerns, relationships, health and wellness, and much more. 

Its ultimate aim is to provide readers with a better understanding of this exciting generation’s experiences as they enter into the business world, focusing on who they are, and how they view the world to effectively work with, train and best manage them. 

5) Effective Hiring: Mastering the Interview, Offer and, Onboarding (The Paul Falcone Workplace Leadership Series) by Paul Falcone 

Recruitment is considered to be one of the trickiest responsibilities HR has. Paul Falcone, a renowned expert in effective hiring, performance management, and leadership development, understands the importance of finding the right people for the right positions.

In this book, Falcone guides readers through the challenges HR professionals are likely to face throughout the different stages of the employee life cycle, while also offering advice on interviewing, assessing and successfully guiding them through the onboarding process.  

It also highlights the importance of effective hiring and how it’s crucial to find the right candidate, especially during the current economic crisis. Hiring the right person for the job the first time around can save time, costs, company morale and even maximise productivity. In fact, studies have found that a single bad hire can cost an organisation nearly $17,000 (£13,400 approx.).

6) Fully Staffed: The Definitive Guide to Finding & Keeping Great Employees in the Worst Labour Market Ever by Eric Chester 

As a result of a big power switch in the current labour market, employers don’t hold the same power as they used to when it comes to recruitment. Employees have greater expectations from their employers, and are in a position to ask for more as companies try to minimise their skills gap. Thus, relying on the hiring tactics of yesterday simply isn’t viable as more thought must be put into aspects such as recruitment marketing and employer branding. 

Fully Staffed serves as a guide enabling employers to streamline their hiring process, build a modern brand, expand their brand awareness, successfully target modern jobseekers, leverage untapped talent pools, and optimise their onboarding and retention to retain their best talent for the long haul. 

7) Belonging at Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take To Cultivate An Inclusive Organisation by Rhodes Perry 

This book serves as a blueprint for the future of work, empowering business leaders, change agents, visionaries, and those working their way toward them, with the right knowledge, key skills, and confidence to create inclusive organisations.

Featuring personal stories, case studies, and practical, effective strategies, this book includes everything an HR professional might need to cultivate workplace cultures where all stakeholders feel respected and valued for their contributions to the company, as well as comfortable being authentic to their values. 

8) HR Disrupted: It’s Time for Something Different (2nd Edition) by Lucy Adams 

As the labour market and the way we engage with work continue to change, traditional HR practices are no longer up to par. Looking at the modern workplace, this book asks questions about how we can adapt and cater our organisations to today’s demands. Practices which demand revisiting, include, how to:

  • Attract and retain new talent
  • Drive creativity
  • Restructure an organisation
  • Save money and budgeting
  • Embrace technology in the live of work

This improved second edition of HR Disrupted, which takes into account the events of unprecedented events of 2020, tries to create a better and newer normal for HR, complete with recent, real-life examples. In this book, Adams provides HR professionals with compelling tips, strategies, and solutions to help develop the workplace in alignment with the current expectations. It also equips HR leaders with the right capabilities and mindset in order to bring this aim to fruition.   


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