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5 Human Resources Books You Should Read

Posted: 03.02.2016
As an HR professional, you want to ensure that you are always at the top of your game. Even if your senior care employer provides ongoing training and education, it never hurts to invest some time in solo training and development.

Below are 5 books every HR professional should read.

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
This book is a parable for adults that is perfect to read if your company is going through a time of change. It will give you the insight you require to understand why everyone responds differently to change. You can then turn to this insight to deliver more effective communication.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillian, and Al Switzerland
This book has sold millions of copies, and even has a second edition—so make sure you get the newest edition. Superior communication skills are required of all HR professionals, and this book provides the communication tools you require. You can apply these new tools during interviews, when working with other members of your HR team, and when communicating with the team you serve.
In fact, the tools can even be applied in your personal communication!

The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace by Ron Friedman PhD
As an HR professional, company culture is high on your radar. This book explores out-of-the box concepts that you can apply to your place of business. This book will also challenge some professional norms, but in an inspiring manner.

Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans
As an HR professional, you know how much it costs to recruit, hire, and train a replacement when you lose one of your key players—which is often somewhere around 200 percent!

While the bottom line must always be top of mind, as an HR professional in the senior care industry, you also know that losing an extraordinary care provider can negatively impact your residents’ quality of life. This book provides invaluable insight for getting your key players to stay.

Anything Published By Author David Ulrich
Instead of suggesting an actual 5th book, I am going to direct you to an author with several HR, leadership, and business books from which to choose. Dave Ulrich is a Professor of Business at the University of Michigan and has multiple books and articles relevant to the HR industry. If I had to direct you to just one, I would suggest HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources. These key competencies are particularly relevant in the digital era in which we live.

You can keep the collection of books above in your home library, or make them available for your team to read. Happy reading!

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