5 must-reads for every millennial HR manager

The role of the HR manager has undergone drastic change. Beyond recruitment and administration functions, the millennial HR manager contributes to employee development and helps execute change strategies to ensure a thriving work environment.

This requirement to play a more strategic role calls for an elevated level of expertise and increased exposure to the industry in addition to your everyday managerial skills. So, how do you gain these new insights and get a fresh perspective on your industry? Sometimes, all you need is the right book to guide you through.

As your HR knowledge partner, TalentSpa has handpicked 5 great reads for every millennial HR manager–

1) First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently – Marcus Buckingham

An in-depth study of great managers across industries conducted by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman reveals that great managers share one common trait – they don’t follow convention, and apply innovative methods to build highly productive teams; a vital career lesson for all HRs to be applied to their organisation.

2) Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t – Jim Collins

This book by Jim Collins is an analysis of corporate performance and uncovers the elements that help a good company become great, and maintain this status for a long time.

This book is based on research undertaken by Collins and his team to discover the key determinants of greatness.

It’s a great resource for HR managers to understand what it takes to achieve greatness in terms of recruiting, culture, leadership and change programmes.

3) Hire With Your Head: Using Performance-Based Hiring to Build Great Teams – Lou Adler

Hiring mistakes can cost big, and no one understands this better than the HR team. This book is a great guide that explores tailor-made hiring processes, how to attract top talent, create a performance profile, identify specific objectives, along with great tips for interviewing, sourcing, and retaining employees.

4) Why Employees Don’t Do What They’re Supposed To and What You Can Do About It – Ferdinand Fournies

A question on every HR’s mind and an issue across organisations worldwide.

Based on the experiences of nearly 25,000 managers over two decades, Ferdinand Fournies provides proven and straightforward methods to handle uncomfortable situations where employees underperform. This guide book presents a detailed analysis of the causes and solutions to help HR Managers prevent the same issues reoccurring in future.

5) Smart Staffing: How to Hire, Reward and Keep Top Employees for Your Growing Company – Wayne Outlaw

Employees are the lifeline of any business and, with the right people, your organisation can flourish.

In this book, Wayne Outlaw provides a streamlined and effective guide to attracting and retaining the top talent in a competitive business environment. With case studies, actionable strategies to promote yourself and your company, this book is an indispensable resource for any HR manager who wants to make a successful hire.

To keep pace with the radical socio-economic changes in the world today, HR managers must be well-equipped and well-read to withstand the pressures and maintain their talent capital. For more insights, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.