12 Best HR Books to read (Part 2)
Data-Driven HR: How to Use Analytics and Metrics to Drive Performance by Bernard Marr
Along with being a best-selling business author, keynote speaker, and strategic advisor to companies and governments, Bernard Marr was recognized by LinkedIn as one of the world’s top five business influencers. Marr has authored a number of books and reports on big data and analytics in business and contributes frequently to the World Economic Forum.
In his book, Data-Driven HR: How to Use Analytics and Metrics to Drive Performance, Marr uncovers the ways data can contribute to organizational success by driving performance, optimizing processes, and improving decision-making in the HR industry. The book encourages HR professionals to leverage the vast amount of data available to them.
In the author’s words: “Things are changing fast, and our world is becoming more intelligent every day. Nowadays, almost everything we do at work can be measured, from employees’ day-to-day actions, concentration, happiness and wellbeing, to wider business operations. This explosion means HR teams have at their fingertips more data – and the potential for more insights – than ever before.”
Big data and analytics are changing everything about the way we do business—and that includes hiring and managing people. This book is a great resource for any HR professional looking to embrace innovation through data and technology. Marr offers real-life use cases, with helpful takeaways that anyone in the industry can take advantage of.
Agile People: A Radical Approach for HR & Managers (That Leads to Motivated Employees) by Pia-Maria Thoren
Pia-Maria Thoren is the founder of the Agile People movement, which started in Sweden in 2013. She specializes in agile HR and leadership, and has consulted for some of the largest international companies in Sweden.
In her book, Agile People: A Radical Approach for HR & Managers (That Leads to Motivated Employees), Thoren outlines ways that HR professionals can adopt a flexible, fluid mindset, creating a structure and culture that’s designed to meet future challenges. She emphasizes that to ensure teams are motivated and successful, HR professionals must become agile and step outside of their comfort zone to adapt to newer ways of thinking.
In the author’s words: “My intention is to share Agile principles and practices so that we can create better organizations together, without hierarchy or restriction. Above all, this book is for professionals within HR—a department that needs to find a new purpose.”
This book made our list because it’s a must-read for any HR professional looking to become an agile leader. It’s an excellent guide to embracing the agile mindset to help drive cultural change and prepare for future challenges at your organization.
Build It: The Rebel Playbook for World-Class Employee Engagement by Glenn Elliott & Debra Corey
Glenn Elliott is an award-winning Entrepreneur of the Year, CEO and growth investor. He founded Reward Gateway, a category leader in employee engagement technology. Debra Corey has more than 30 years experience in senior HR roles at many well-known, global organizations.
In their book, Built It: The Rebel Playbook for World-Class Employee Engagement, authors Elliott and Corey share “The Engagement Bridge,” a proven model for building company value through sustainable employee engagement. The book highlights the key areas that leaders should assess in order to build a highly engaged company culture.
In the authors’ words: “To fix company culture and allow people to choose engagement, we don’t need fancy initiatives around the edges; we need to fundamentally change how we treat the people who work for us.”
This book shares a unique approach to building an engaging company culture, with helpful case studies and tips for transforming your workplace. The authors share how some of the world’s most rebellious companies have broken the traditional HR rules and improved engagement.
On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People Without Burning Them Out by Eric Chester
In addition to being an award-winning author and speaker, Eric Chester is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a prestigious credential awarded by the National Speakers Association. He’s also in the International Professional Speakers Hall of Fame, an honor that’s shared by less than 5% of professional speakers around the world.
In his book, On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People Without Burning Them Out, Chester compiled exclusive personal interviews from over 25 company founders and CEOs. The book serves as a practical guide to help any organization build a workforce that’s not just engaged—but on fire!
In the author’s words: “The challenge facing employers isn’t how to engage employees. It’s how to keep the fires of passion burning once the honeymoon period is over.”
In this book, Chester lays out a roadmap for creating an inspiring, engaging culture that employees will love. It serves as a helpful guide for attracting and retaining exceptional talent at any organization. Chester’s book is a must-read for any HR professional looking to inspire today’s workforce.
Humanity Works: Merging Technologies and People for the Workforce of the Future by Alexandra Levit
Along with being a best-selling author, Alexandra Levit is an internationally recognized futurist and global consultant. She was named Top Entrepreneur to Follow on Twitter by Forbes, Mashable, and CEOWorld, and frequently contributes to The New York Times and Forbes.
In her book, Humanity Works: Merging Technologies and People for the Workforce of the Future, Levit shares a guide to making the most of creativity, judgment, problem-solving, and sensitivity by explaining how talent and machines can work side by side. She covers how organizational structures can become more agile and focused on driving innovation.
In the author’s words: “We are not passive observers waiting for things to happen to us. Rather, we can determine the circumstances, including those that make up the world of work that are most meaningful for us and take steps to make that life a reality. We can think about what’s likely to happen in our organizations, we can adjust our goals so we’re prepared, we can act and we can, of course, correct along the way.”
We included this book in our list because it emphasizes the importance of taking a proactive approach at work. Levit expresses that the most successful leaders don’t react to current trends—rather, they anticipate them coming and adapt their approach in advance. This is a great read for people in HR who want to prepare for the workplace of the future.
Artificial Intelligence for HR: Use AI to Support and Develop a Successful Workforce by Ben Eubanks
Ben Eubanks is an analyst and influencer who oversees the development of research and insights to support HR. He’s also the founder of HR community upstartHR, co-founder of the HRevolution movement, and host of a podcast called We’re Human.
In his book, Artificial Intelligence for HR: Use AI to Support and Develop a Successful Workforce, Eubanks provides a helpful overview of artificial intelligence (AI), how it’s changing the world of work, and the many opportunities it’s created in the HR industry.
In the author’s words: “My fundamental belief is that artificial intelligence has the opportunity to make HR more human, not less. I explore that notion at some level in virtually every chapter.”
This book is an excellent resource to help HR employees understand the impact that AI will have on the employee experience. As businesses look to become more agile and proactive in the digital age, AI will become increasingly important as a business strategy—especially when it comes to anticipating talent gaps and hiring the best talent.