Reading List: The Top 5 Books for HR Professionals


Want to stay ahead of the trends shaping the field of human resources?

Ready to unlock your leadership potential and level up in your HR career?

Just looking for a little inspiration?

Then ask yourself this question:

What are you reading?

Success in HR starts by staying at the leading edge of your field – and that requires continual learning. In addition to taking the classes required to maintain your HR certification, you should also read industry journals, thought-leaders’ blogs and yes – books.

Which titles should be on your reading list? Here are five HR books you should read to help your career and organization:

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

By Patrick Lencioni

Looking for ways to improve team function, cohesion and results? In this book, leading organizational health expert Patrick Lencioni explores the underlying causes of politics and dysfunction that plague work teams – and offers practical solutions to overcoming them.

The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation

By Darrell M. West

How will your organization weather the transition to a digital economy? West’s book presents a compelling case for why our nation and the world at large have reached a “major inflection point,” forcing us to address the impact of rapid technological advancement and increasing automation. The author’s insights address the future of work, education and public policy, making this an important read for both managers and employees.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t

By Jim Collins

After researching and studying successful organizations for 30 years, Collins’ efforts culminated in this book, which explores evergreen lessons and practices every HR professional can use (and has sold over 3 million copies!). Topics include how to manage talent, how to create a unifying purpose; and why humility and unwavering commitment are important to a company’s success.

Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work

By Sarah Kessler

With deep reporting and powerful storytelling, Gigged moves beyond hype, examining the evolving “psychological contract” between organizations and workers in the advent of the gig economy’s rise. Kessler’s book is important for anyone interested in the future of work; in it she carefully analyzes the shift from traditional employment models to part-time work and contingent employment arrangements.

The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of your Employees – and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line

By Leigh Stringer

Does your workplace support your employees’ well-being – or are unhealthy habits taking a toll and contributing to increased absenteeism, diminished productivity and higher insurance costs? In this book, Stringer examines the strategies, policies and innovative techniques leading employers use to create a healthier, more energized work environment – and build a better bottom line.

Prefer to learn by listening?

As we mentioned in this earlier post, podcasts are rapidly gaining momentum among busy HR professionals like you. If you’re an auditory learner who wants to listen to the go, this post shares 5 leadership and management podcasts to make you a more dynamic HR professional.

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