Human Resources (HR): 10 Must-Read Books for 2022

Every year, the field of human resources introduces new concepts, methods, and best practices. Human resources professionals must stay on top of the latest trends if they want to remain competitive. When it comes to learning and retaining information, we tend to overlook the value of books because we’re preoccupied with technology. A small investment can have a big impact on your outlook and open the door to new ideas.

HR books are an excellent resource for learning the ins and outs of HR at a fraction of the cost of more formal HR training courses. One of the best ways to improve your skills is by reading a book, which consumes a lot of research in a short period of time. 

We’ve compiled a list of ten HR books you should add to your library this 2022.

  1. Belonging At Work: Cultivate an Inclusive Organization by Rhodes Perry

This book focuses on influencing workplace culture and assisting leaders in creating more inclusive workplaces. This book teaches HR leaders how to cultivate a work environment in which the employees feel appreciated and respected for the contributions they make to the organization.

  1. Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Help You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock

In this book, you’ll learn how Google organizes and manages its workforce. It offers HR professionals a road map for improving their own groups and following in the footsteps of Google’s achievements.

  1. Fundamentals of HR Analytics: A Manual on Becoming HR Analytical by Fermin Diez, Mark Bussin, and Venessa Lee

For any HR professional who wants to learn more about data analytics, this book is a great starting point for their education. By reading this, you’ll learn about data-analytic practices such as thinking about data as a set of facts, storing and retrieving that data, creating descriptive and predictive models, utilizing HR analytics and tools in the workplace and analyzing hiring, training, and turnover.

  1. Talent Keepers: How Top Leaders Engage and Retain Their Best Performers by Christopher Mulligan and Craig Taylor

An excellent resource for managers who are looking to increase employee satisfaction and loyalty.  It offers ideas for motivating your employees and retaining those who are already contributing greatly to the company’s success. 

  1. HR on Purpose: Developing Deliberate People Passion by Steve Browne

Steve Browne, a seasoned HR professional, hopes to inspire others to approach their work in a fresh way through this book. Using real-world examples, it offers a fresh perspective on HR and reignites your enthusiasm for the field.

  1. Bring Your Human to Work by Erica Keswin

According to Erica Keswin, HR leaders should take a humanist approach to leading their teams by forming relationships with their employees and giving consideration to the impact people have on one another through their words and deeds. In this book, Starbucks and Lyft’s HR practices are examined.

  1. Unleashing Capacity: The Hidden Human Resources by Rita Trehan

For HR professionals at all levels, Trehan’s book is an easy-to-read guide to advancing their careers. Lessons learned from Unleashing Capacity can be applied to each reader’s specific situation, allowing for a more personalized experience.

  1. Rituals for Work: 50 Ways to Create Engagement, Shared Purpose, and a Culture that Can Adapt to Change by Kursat Ozenc and Margaret Hagan

Rituals in the Workplace offers some newer HR knowledge about rituals and how the workplace can benefit from them. It aids in HR efforts to build stronger teams, achieve company goals, and create a more cohesive company culture.

  1. The Conflict Resolution Phrase Book by Barbara Mitchell

Any HR professional will have had to put out a few workplace fires in their time. In order to deal with difficult conversations, you’ll need this book’s tips and tricks as  it can serve as a guide for resolving conflict.

  1. Generation Z: A Century in the Making by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace

As a way to better understand how this new generation enters the business world, Generation Z examines various aspects of this younger generation’s lives, from their career aspirations to their social concerns. In this book, you’ll learn how to manage and lead Gen Z employees effectively.

In 2022, HR professionals will need to learn a slew of new skills. These ten books are only the tip of the iceberg. To advance your professional development, think about the specific challenges your company is facing or the specific skill sets you’d like to acquire that are fit for the purpose of the business.

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