10 essential HR books to read in 2023 – and why they should be at the top of your list

Raise your hand if you have HR and Management books lying on the shelves, gathering dust, waiting for your turn to read?

If so, are they still relevant to what is going on in HR today? Are they future-focused and inspirational?

To keep your reading list up to date, we’ve put together a list of 10 must-read books for HR leaders in 2023 that cover the HR challenges and opportunities identified in our research, The changing face of HR,

Read on for our top picks that will enable you to come away with the knowledge to drive the change you want to see in your organization in 2023 and beyond.

Here’s what we cover:

1. HR Disruptors: It’s Time to Make a Difference (2nd ed.)

Isn’t It Time for a Big Rebrand of HR? With so many changes that HR has experienced over the years, almost Three-quarters (73%) of HR leaders It is said that the term ‘Human Resource’ is old.

With this dramatic change in the way we work, HR Disruptor author Lucy Adams insists that traditional HR is no longer fit for purpose and needs to evolve into a more modern way of working.

This book provides a compelling case for HR leaders to change the way HR works, offering practical solutions for a disrupted world, strategies for being the change you want to see, and ideas for rethinking HR. ways to equip you with the right capabilities and mindset to

find out more about: HR Disrupted: It’s Time to Do Something Different (2nd ed.)

2. Agile HR: Provide Value in the Changing World of Work

Natal Dank and Rina Hellström’s book is an essential guide for all HR practitioners who want to streamline their HR practices and drive business performance but don’t know where to start.

The book covers every aspect of HR, from people processes and organizational design, to operating models and the way HR teams work. It also deals with resistance within the organization and how to effectively prioritize activities.

more than 80% of HR leaders We believe HR today is organized for speed, agility and adaptability, our Sage research found, and there is broad agreement in the HR community that the days of HR being viewed as an admin function are over – just ‘ Managing human beings as a resource’ – must have progressed.

in reality, more than 70% of HR leaders Says his teams are still stuck on the process. Does this sound like your organization? If so, now is the time to rethink how you do HR — and adopting a more agile way of working may be the ideal place to start.

find out more about: Agile HR: Provide Value in the Changing World of Work

3. Redefining HR: Transforming Teams of People to Drive Business Performance

Business performance is a top priority for business leaders – but what about HR? worrying, just 13% of HR leaders Today’s focus is on financial growth, despite taking care of the company’s greatest asset – its people.

Redefining HR author Lars Schmidt shows how important it is to analyze your people and understand the return on investment (ROI) that you contribute and drive business performance.

In his in-depth guidance to the fundamental components of modern human resources, Lars provides a solid framework of progressive ideas and practices, including new approaches and approaches to recruiting, talent management, rethinking performance, and saving time, reducing costs. Rewards are included for doing and receiving. more commercial success.

find out more about: Redefining HR: Transforming Teams of People to Drive Business Performance

4. People Strategy: How to Invest in People and Make Culture Your Competitive Advantage

83% HR leaders told us employee experience and satisfaction will continue to be a greater focus for HR, as the function moves from administrator to a more strategic and people-focused role.

In this book, Jack Altman provides a framework for using data to develop high-performing teams, improve employee motivation, and create a positive company culture.

He shows how to instill value for your organization, develop feedback processes that empower employees, monitor employee engagement, and use data generated by your people strategy to drive business results. and use insight.

find out more about: People Strategy: How to Invest in People and Make Culture Your Competitive Advantage

5. Feedback (And Other Dirty Words): Why We’re Afraid Of It, How To Fix It

Performance management is one of the most important areas of focus to nurture your talent. But worryingly, 75% of HR leaders Do not believe their current performance management process is fit for purpose.

The authors of Feedback, M. Tamra Chandler and Laura Dowling Grealish, offer a practical guide to taking the sting out of feedback and recapturing it as a motivating, empowering experience for everyone involved.

they offer a new and more ambitious definition of feedback, explore the roles we each play as seeker, extender, and receiver, and introduce the three F’s of making feedback focused, fair, and consistent.

find out more about: Feedback (And Other Dirty Words): Why We’re Afraid Of It, How To Fix It

6. HR for Hybrid Working: How to Adapt People Practices to Support Employees and the Organization

As hybrid working becomes increasingly the norm, our research finds that hybrid working strategies have Top five priorities for HR leaders in 2024,

If you’re looking for a complete how-to guide to hybrid working, Gary Cookson covers everything HR needs in a hybrid working model in this read.

He shows why and how the terms of contracts, policies, payment and reward need to be changed. He also covers how to manage the changing expectations of employees, and how to assess and communicate what remote working can do, as well as managing the impact on company culture.

He also revealed how to adapt learning and development and wellbeing activities to ensure they support employee development, and which technology solutions to use.

There is a dedicated section on the new skills needed by HR professionals as organizational roles, structures and processes change in a hybrid-working model.

find out more about: HR for Hybrid Working: How to Adapt People Practices to Support Employees and the Organization

7. The Inclusion Revolution: The Essential Guide to Addressing Racial Inequality in the Workplace

more than half HR leaders tell us they will take a leading role in diversity, equity and inclusion in their organizations.

In this book, Daisy Auger-Dominguez focuses on how you can take a leadership role by accurately tracking diversity metrics for recruitment, retention, and growth.

She candidly answers why popular efforts fail and presents a definitive roadmap for revolution through her dynamic step-by-step process: Reflect, Imagine, Act, and Persist.

She also provides proven, research-based strategies for racially inclusive management.

find out more about: The Inclusion Revolution: The Essential Guide to Addressing Racial Inequality in the Workplace

8. Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for Employers and Employees

HR leaders tell us that tackling employee health and well-being will be critical over the next three years 65% Said that they will play a leading role in this area.

In this book, Gil Hassan and Donna Butler discuss why and how to promote mental health in the workplace and the importance of an effective wellness strategy.

They provide guidance on managing employees experiencing mental ill health and dealing with two of the most common problems employees face: stress and anxiety.

Together 81% of HR leaders This book offers practical advice to help your employees say they’re feeling tired today — and it will help you and your human resources team, too.

find out more about: Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace: a practical guide for employers and employees

9. The 9 Faces of HR: A Disruptor’s Guide to Mastering Innovation and Creating Real Change

One big 90% of HR leaders told us that a major challenge facing the success of HR teams is the perceived value of what they do internally.

In this book, Chris Dunn depicts nine personas in HR. Written in his usual wicked humor and wit, Chris invites readers to identify their own ‘HR Face’, then explains their career track, behavior markers, ROI, macro-trends driving behavior and understanding market demand .

Which personality are you?

Which one do you want to be?

Whatever the case, this is your playbook for empowering your HR career and increasing the value of HR within your organization.

find out more about: The 9 Faces of HR: A Disruptor’s Guide to Mastering Innovation and Driving Real Change

10. Business of the Heart: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism

Finally, 91% of HR leaders Says they have the right skills to become business leaders, our research found.

In this Wall Street Journal bestseller, Hubert Jolley shares his philosophy on leadership: Pursue a great purpose, put people at the center of the business, create an environment where every employee can flourish, and drive profit as the true result. Can see but not the target.

The approach is easy to understand but hard to put into practice, which is why this book provides pointers and tips to re-imagine work, inspire and lead with purpose and humanity.

find out more about: The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism

A little essential lesson for you…

Now there you have it – 10 essential HR books to read in 2023.

However, if you are too busy to get bogged down in this reading list now, read our research, The changing face of HR in 2024,

The report shares more revealing findings from HR leaders and C-suite executives about how HR is changing, its future and how to solve HR challenges.

It’s a great place to start if you’re looking for a great little next read that’s full of insight and takeaways.

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