We’ve picked three must-read books for any HR professional to add to their reading list for an enjoyable way to grow their knowledge. 

Whether you’re well established in your job or you’re brand new in HR, we have put together a list of books that every HR professional should read. 

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

by Daniel H. Pink

In this book Daniel H. Pink explains the contrast between what business believe to work and what science proves really works.

“Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.” 

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time

by Susan Scott

This is a must read for any (every) HR professional who has to have hard conversations. 

“The master teacher of positive change through powerful communication, Susan Scott wants you to succeed. To do that, she explains, you must transform everyday conversations at work and at home with effective ways to get your message across—and get what you want. In this guide, which includes a workbook and The Seven Principles of Fierce Conversations, Scott teaches you how to:

• Overcome barriers to meaningful communication
• Expand and enrich relationships with colleagues, friends, and family
• Increase clarity and improve understanding
• Handle strong emotions—on both sides of the table
• Connect with colleagues, customers and family at a deep level”

The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals

by Shawn Smith JD, Rebecca Mazin 

This is the book where you will find in-depth answers to all the questions you have in almost every aspect of HR. 

“The HR Answer Book addresses 200 questions that every employer needs to deal with, from recruiting and hiring to discipline and termination, compensation and benefits to training and employee relations. Accessible and concise, this on-the-job companion offers expert guidance on all types of “”people”” issues, enabling managers and human resources professionals to:

* Save time, money, and trouble

* Increase employee productivity, satisfaction, and retention

* Attract and hire the best candidates while avoiding the inferior ones*

* Handle tough issues like sexual harassment, Internet and e-mail usage, performance problems, and more — fairly, sensitively, and legally.

The HR Answer Book is an easy-to-use problem solver that can be read cover-to-cover or as a quick reference in specific situations. An appendix of tools, templates, and lists of additional resources completes this excellent and valuable guide.”


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