Due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic dragging out, many are still stuck inside not socializing. This means there is plenty of time to catch up on reading. Why not do a little professional development at the same time. Here 9 HR books every sourcing professional should read:


Fundamentals of Human Resource Management: People, Data and Analytics

Written by Talya Bauer, Berrin Erdogn, David Caughlin and Donald Truxillo, this book provides a succinct and interesting introduction to HRM. The book has a special focus on how data can help managers make better decisions about the people within their companies. 

The book uses the newest cutting edge case studies and modern examples to help illustrate the main ideas and trends.


Workplace Jazz: 9 steps to Creating High-Performing Agile Teams

What does music have to do with HR? Well author Gerald J. Leonard manages to use his experiences as a professional musician, life coach and business consultant to create a strategic blueprint for developing connected and agile high-performing teams. 

There are stories, metaphors, cutting edge neuroscience research, even case studies to make help make the author’s point.


Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman’s book is not strictly an HR book; it’s more an in-depth look into modern psychology. This book explains much of his investigations into the two types of thinking and biases. Understanding how to leverage these biases can help you convince others, which is useful in the workplace which is why it makes the list.


How to Win Friends and Influence People

A timeless classic, this book couldn’t be left off the list. Carnegie’s well-known self-help book also benefits HR in surprising ways. So why is a book that is over 80 years old on this list?

HR professionals are constantly influencing people and sometimes manipulating people(managers) to do things that they don’t want to do, such as those boring performance reviews. HR is all about working with people and there isn’t a better book to help us do just that.


Belonging at Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take to Cultivate an Inclusive Organization

Inclusion is something that has been gaining a lot of traction recently. Written by Rhodes Perry, MPA, he highlights the importance of belonging in the workplace and the positive impact it has on the workplace. 

Rhodes also explains how diversity, equity, and inclusion are separate concepts, but they must work together to create better work environments where everyone feels like they have a place. 

This book discusses how to cultivate an atmosphere of belonging within the workplace. It provides clear tips that anyone in any position within the company can take to make the necessary changes to create a positive, inclusive and equitable organization that can better represent its customers and the community at large.


Work Rules!

 Author Lazlo Bock shares ideas you can take and use in your recruitment process. This book focuses on creating a workplace culture that will utterly change your company. 

Poor organizational culture is a large barrier in attracting passive candidates and the top 20% of jobseekers. Work Rules! Is designed to tackle this challenge head on. 

This book is subtitled Insights from inside Google that will transform how you live and lead, and as the form VP of People Operations at Google, Lazlo doesn’t fail to deliver great insights.


The Talent Delusion

This exceptionally detailed human resources management book written by Thomas Chamorro-Premuzic focuses on vital approaches HR professionals can use to measure and manage their top talent. The book’s main question is what is talent? The book also focuses on how data is an essential factor to consider while trying to learn the aptitudes of top talent.

The Talent Delusion explores in depth the differences between an employee’s optimal performance and their regular performance, making a case for how difficult it actually is to discover your candidate’s abilities on limited data sets.


HR Disrupted: It’s Time for Something Different

Lucy Adams wants to modernise the HR industry. Her book is all about encouraging HR professionals to change up their strategies and approach. 

Most of the advice offered is common sense, but the takeaway is too few companies are bothering to think about the impact their policies have on their people, which is dangerous.


Myths of Work: The Stereotypes & Assumptions Holding Your Organization Back

Unlike Lucy Adams, authors McRae and Furnham are keen to get rid of outdated workplace assumptions and stereotypes. They use the latest research to help them debunk 27 so called ‘myths of work’ from working hours to gender in the workplace. Knowing about these myths will help dispel them.

Emily Henry

Emily Henry is a writer at Academized. She writes on various topics, including books.