Human Resource Management (HRM) is something every competent manager needs to know. To help you better understand the intricacies of recruitment, selecting, training and compensating we have put together a list of top 10 HRM Audio Books that you can listen to while you’re on-the-go.
1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Human Resource Management is about “soft-power” and how to enable cooperation rather than facilitate power-play. This book, while published over 80 years ago, remains on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential books. This is due to its uncanny insight into social cooperation and competence. It covers how to influence, convince and manage people to do what they don’t want to do. It outlines key lessons, which are as applicable today as they were when written by Carnegie. Some of the lessons outlined are: Only fools criticise, Avoid complaining, give honest compliments, Listen before talking and Give people a reputation that they can live up to.
2. The Essential HR Handbook: A Quick and Handy Resource for Any Manager or HR Professional by Barbara Mitchell et al
As one of the top HR Strategy books available, and a perennial best seller, this book covers almost any HR question or problem you can think of. Updated in 2020, topics include hiring, firing, telework, managing diversity, compensation packages, and avoiding legal tangles. As well as information on how to attract and retain talent, creating a positive work environment and navigating social media. This book is a great balance between time-honoured methods and the latest HR strategies.
3. 101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees: A Manager’s Guide to Addressing Performance, Conduct, and Discipline Challenges by Paul Falcone
Difficult conversations are a part of successfully managing people. The aim of this book is to assist managers with tools to enable them to have clear, direct conversations about sensitive issues and potentially awkward topics. This solution orientated book provides sample dialogues which help with not only what to say but how to say it in a sensitive manner. In a way that’s productive and protects managers as well as their organisations.
4. HR on Purpose: Developing Deliberate People Passion by Steve Browne
This book is a fresh and encouraging look into what HR could be. Rather than the preconceptions and trappings of a traditional approach. By using real-life examples, Browne provides insight and epiphanies to help you boost your passion for HR, and people, as well as how to intentionally implement Human Resource Management strategies with a passion and vibrancy.
5. The Problem Isn’t Their Pay-check: How to Attract Top Talent and Build a Thriving Company Culture by Grant Botma
Money is a great motivation. But when it comes to keeping employees’ content, thriving and remaining with a company for longer than what could count as “good experience” on a CV, it falls short. Botma explores three things that top employees desire more than a high-end compensation package. He does this by unpacking issues from both the employers and the employee’s perspectives. In doing so, he shows how a team can thrive through the implementation of strategic management practices. He also shows how to evaluate a company and articulate what, as an employee, is needed to accept a job.
6. Generation Z Unfiltered: Facing Nine Hidden Challenges of the Most Anxious Population by Tim Elmore
With there being more and more Generation Z in the workforce, understanding how to connect with this generation is becoming critical if you want to build a flourishing team. Generation Z is unlike any previous generation. They are more empowered, more social and yet also more anxious than others. Elmore candidly outlines nine challenges particular to Generation Z that, once understood, will assist you to better connect, lead and retain the younger members in your company and team.
7. Bring Your Human to Work: 10 Sure fire Ways to Design a Workplace That Is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World by Erica Keswin
Technology may make the work place easier, more effective and more efficient; however, the most essential building block for a company’s success continues to be happy employees. This book explores how to make a comfortable workspace amidst upgrading of technology and implementing the latest systems. It unpacks how to build relationships within a company so as to better ensure employees thrive, enjoy their job and stick around to help build a successful company.
8. People Analytics for Dummies by Mike West
This book helps you study your most important business asset: Employees. It walks you through how to gather relevant HR data and then analyse it in a way that provides you with answers to create a more engaged and happier employee base. In a step-by-step manner it aims to help you understand personnel dynamics better. Why the subtle (and not so subtle) variations between departments exist and how they play out as well as why high performers leave.
9. How to Hire the Best: The Contractor’s Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top Performing Employees by Dr. Sabrina Starling
The Business Psychologist and author of the highly acclaimed How to Hire the Best, Rural Edition, Dr. Sabrina Starling, has applied her research to come up with workable solutions to the challenges of hiring and retaining good employee. This book provides insight and a way forward to transform businesses into great places to work at. Great work places that also retain good employees and thereby are able to yield profitable returns.
10. The Drama-Free Workplace: How You Can Prevent Unconscious Bias, Sexual Harassment, Ethics Lapses, and Inspire a Healthy Culture by Patti Perez
It is foreseeable that where ever there are numerous people working together, misunderstanding and conflict could arise. However, it doesn’t mean that difficult issues cannot be defused or mitigated before they escalate into lawsuits and low morale. Perez provides simple and practical ways to navigate workplace drama. With proactive solutions to communicating effectively around sensitive issues and ironing out conflict ahead of anything exploding.
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