Top 10 Best HR Books You Should Read (2021)

 Best HR Books: As George R.R. Martin once said:” A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one”. Especially for people are experienced in human resources, reading allows them to develop qualities that they can certainly use for work. HR Professional Books is a passive way to learn new skills that can be used in every aspect of one’s life. Reading these books will allow you to stay on top of the growing tendencies in the HR business.

Why you should read these books? Reading is self-educating because it allows you to understand other’s complex thoughts through your own eyes. Thus, you will grab the notions that seem the most important to your brain. Since human resources focus on organizing and managing the resources related to employees, reading is the perfect way of grasping pertinent information that you can feed your employees with. And honestly, reading some of these HR Professional Books will surely teach you life-long lessons that, even as an adult, change your view on certain aspects of HR. If you enjoy this booklist please check out our other Management book lists and see the difference that they can make in your life.

Best HR Books

by Alan Collins

Take charge with confidence.
Hit the ground running from day one.
Gain respect, up your impact and prove yourself faster.

Here’s why this is so important. According to SHRM, 31% of new HR leaders FAIL within their first 18-24 months, primarily because they didn’t effectively take charge when they first started their new role. And even those HR leaders that succeed massively will tell you that their ultimate success is determined by the foundation they laid and the accomplishments they made during their crucial first 100 days.

Learn their best practices. In THE NEW HR LEADER’S FIRST 100 DAYS, Alan Collins, former Vice President of Human Resources at PepsiCo, reveals his proven step-by-step approach for starting strong and accelerating your success as a new HR leader when you first start in your new role. These strategies are based on his twenty-five years of experience working with and coaching hundreds of HR leaders at all levels. There’s nothing else like it for Human Resources managers, directors and VPs.

by Kim Scott

From the time we learn to speak, we’re told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. When you become a manager, it’s your job to say it–and your obligation.

Author Kim Scott was an executive at Google and then at Apple, where she worked with a team to develop a class on how to be a good boss. She has earned growing fame in recent years with her vital new approach to effective management, Radical Candor.

Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring it’s obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging it’s ruinous empathy. When you do neither it’s manipulative insincerity.

This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you’re all proud of.

Radical Candor offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. Taken from years of the author’s experience, and distilled clearly giving actionable lessons to the reader; it shows managers how to be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, and creating an environment where people both love their work and their colleagues.

by Barry Wolfe

The Little Black Book of Human Resources Management is loaded with lessons not learned in a book. Instead, it is the product of over 20 years of scraped knuckles and attaboys earned while leading HR in public and private organizations.
The book shares hard-won advice on what works in a wide range of HR topics,from reductions in force to paying for performance to managing workers compensation to leadership training. But readers will also benefit from experience in the often surprising aspects of HR work that are rarely discussed but are invaluable to success in the role, such as
-What all organizations expect from the HR leader, like it or not
-The one thing above all else that the company President really wants from the HR leader
-How an HR leader can spot the A players and the problem children in the first month on a new job
-How to answer the employee who asks if layoffs are coming – and they are

The Essential HR Handbook: A Quick and Handy Resource for Any Manager or HR Professional

by Sharon Armstrong and Barbara Mitchell

Whether you are a newly promoted manager, a seasoned business owner, or a human resources professional, knowing the ins and outs of dealing with HR issues is critical to your success. The Essential HR Handbook is a quick-reference guide that sheds light on the issues that keep managers up at night. It is filled with information, tools, tips, checklists, and road maps to guide managers and HR professionals through the maze of people and legal issues, from recruiting and retaining the best employees to terminating poor performers.


by Jeff Hyman

Ninety percent of business problems are actually recruiting problems in disguise. If you’re filling your company’s vacant positions with B-players, you’re playing with fire. Instead, hire Rockstars to build an organization with limitless potential. Recruit Rockstars shows you how to find, hire, and keep the best of the best.

Top-tier executive recruiter Jeff Hyman has hired more than three thousand people over the course of his career. Now, he reveals his bulletproof 10-step method for landing the very best talent, based on data instead of gut feel. From sourcing and interviewing to closing and onboarding, you’ll learn how to attract winners like a magnet and avoid the mistakes that result in bad hires.


by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter

Packed with 52 discoveries from Gallup’s largest study on the future of work, It’s the Manager shows leaders how to adapt their organizations to rapid change, ranging from new workplace demands to managing remote employees, a diverse workforce, the rise of artificial intelligence, gig workers, and attracting – and keeping – today’s best employees. Who is the most important person in your organization to lead your teams through these changes? Gallup research reveals: It’s your managers.

While the world’s workplace has been going through extraordinary historical change, the practice of management has been stuck in time for more than 30 years.

The new workforce — especially younger generations — wants their work to have deep mission and purpose, and they don’t want old-style command-and-control bosses. They want coaches who inspire them, communicate with them frequently and develop their strengths.



by Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem

Managing people is the most challenging part of any leader’s job. And that job’s not getting any easier as the human resources profession grows more dynamic and constantly changes. The Big Book of HR provides any business owner, manager, or HR professional with the most current information to get the most from their talent–from strategic HR-related issues to the smallest tactical detail of managing people.

Each topic covered includes information on associated legal issues–such as the recent changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime regulations–and stories from leading organizations to illustrate the positive impact human resources can have on organizations of any size. Each chapter ends with discussion questions to encourage additional thought. Sample forms and templates plus a list of additional resources are also included.

by Lance A. Berger and Dorothy R. Berger

The most comprehensive book of its kind, The Talent Management Handbook has become the go-to resource for HR professionals, CEOs, and business leaders who want to take the lead in building a diverse, talented, and motivated workforce. Each section of this book offers state-of-the-art processes, step-by-step practical management tools and techniques, and up-to-the-minute resources that will equip you to:

Discover and develop new talent
Inspire, coach, and train future leaders
Reward and retain the best people
Plan and realize a culture of organizational excellence
Featuring breakthroughs and “best practices” from more than 30 leading global talent management firms– Accenture, Center for Creative Leadership, Hay Group, Heidrick and Struggles, Human Capital Institute, Korn/Ferry International, Mercer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Right Management, Sibson Consulting, Towers Watson, and others–The Talent Management Handbook is a complete, all-in-one program designed to help you place the best people in the most critical jobs to assemble the building blocks of organizational excellence and create value–one person at a time.


by Sandra M. Reed and Dave Ulrich

An essential reference for HR professionals

A Guide to the HR Body of Knowledge (HRBoKTM) from HR Certification Institute (HRCI®) is an essential reference book for HR professionals and a must-have guide for those who wish to further their expertise and career in the HR field. This book will help HR professionals align their organizations with essential practices while also covering the Core Knowledge Requirements for all exams administered by HRCI. Filled with authoritative insights into the six areas of HR functional expertise: Business Management and Strategy; Workforce Planning and Employment; Human Resource Development; Compensation and Benefits; Employee and Labor Relations; and Risk Management, this volume also covers information on exam eligibility, and prep tips.

Contributions from dozens of HR subject matter experts cover the skills, knowledge, and methods that define the profession’s best practices. Whether used as a desk reference, or as a self-assessment.