The Human Resources Today Summer Reading List

We reached out to some of our favorite human resources thought leaders to get the word on must-read titles this summer. We recommend you bookmark this page - no matter whether you make your way through the list during the summer, fall, or winter, it's filled with helpful resources to integrate into your work in 2019.


The Recruiter's Handbook: A Complete Guide for Sourcing, Selecting, and Engaging the Best Talent, Sharlyn Lauby.

“This is the book I wished my boss would have given me when I started recruiting. It walks through the entire talent acquisition process: from strategy to hiring to onboarding. I believe the real value in ‘The Recruiter’s Handbook’ are the tips, resources, and takeaways from business professionals about how to be a strategic recruiting partner.” - Sharlyn Lauby

The Longevity Economy: Unlocking the World's Fastest-Growing, Most Misunderstood Market, Joseph Coughlin.

“It will change your thinking about demographics in an enormous way.” - Josh Bersin

HR on Purpose: Developing Deliberate People Passion, Steve Browne.

“Can you be in HR for more than 30 years and still be geeked about it? The answer is – YES you can !! This book takes a fresh look at HR through an engaging assortment of real-life examples, insights, and epiphanies. It encourages practitioners to drop the preconceptions of what HR should be, and instead look to what HR could be. Read this book to rekindle your passion for a field that is vibrant and vital and touch the lives of everyone your encounter with HR on Purpose !!” - Steve Browne

Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Organizations Need and Employees Want, Julie Winkle Giulioni and Beverly Kaye.

“Career development is a powerful driver of engagement, effort, retention and results. Yet, it’s consistently among employees’ greatest sources of dissatisfaction. This book explores why...and, more importantly, offers a simple, doable framework for even the busiest manager who wants to keep and grow their talent.” - Julie Winkle Giulioni

Who's Got Your Back: The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success--and Won't Let You Fail, Keith Ferrazzi.

“Becoming a winner in any field or endeavor requires a trusted team of advisors who can offer guidance and help to hold us accountable to achieving our goals. Disregard the myth of the lone professional ‘superman.’ The real path to success in your work and in your life is through creating an inner circle of ‘lifeline relationships.’” - James Wakefield

Unlocking High Performance: How to use performance management to engage and empower employees to reach their full potential, Jason Lauritsen.

“‘Unlocking High Performance’ illuminates how to create a work experience that feels great to employees while also supporting them in performing up to their potential. This book was written for those who know work isn’t working and are ready to do something about it.” - Jason Lauritsen

Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, Keith Ferrazzi.

“‘Never Eat Alone’ by Keith Ferrazzi is a guide to establishing and managing some of the most important relationships in your business life. These relationships can be used to open up new doors and opportunities, achieve great success and reach your goals.” - James Wakefield

The Business Acumen Handbook, Steven Haines.

“Leaders rely on business people to see the big picture and get things done. They want mindset and mojo, all in one! The problem is that all business people aren’t wired that way, and that’s where ‘The Business Acumen Handbook’ comes in. The main idea behind ‘The Business Acumen Handbook’ is to help managers understand the pillars of their company’s business, and to operate more effectively and efficiently. To learn more, visit Business Acumen Institute.” - Steven Haines

The Non-Obvious Guide To Employee Engagement (For Millennials, Boomers And Everyone Else), Maddie Grant.

"In this refreshing new book, future-of-work experts Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter reveal a new path for tapping into the power of your people in ways that produce tangible, measurable results."


Improve Employee Benefits Communications by Using Marketing Concepts, Ben Renner.

"This article in Flimp Communications' HR Insights blog provides practical advice and great content to help improve employee benefits communications and engagement. As leaders in the industry, Flimp’s editorial team strives to provide you with proven strategies and best practices to help you engage and educate employees." - Ben Renner

Quick Tips to Measure Training ROI, Kitaboo Team.

"The end goal of every enterprise is to earn profits. Revenue is what drives a business. With this vision in mind, business leaders make decisions about investments and expenses. All investments are carefully planned in a way that it will generate ROI in the future. So, when an organization sets aside a certain budget to invest in employee training, they expect a return on training investment too. Employers expect their employees to be well trained so that they can effectively contribute to the growth of the organization." - Aadit Vora

You’ll Have to Risk Frustration, Dave Kovacovich.

"Summertime is not a stress-free season. Indeed, family time, vacations and time off work can sometimes have the adverse of the intended effect. Summer is also a great time to ponder your individuality...where do you see yourself 5 years from now, personally and professionally? Take a minute to ponder under a tree somewhere..." - Dave Kovacovich

Employee Training Metrics: 7 Ways HR Experts Use Them, Kitaboo Team.

"It is important for an employer to know how the employee perceives the training and if it really is helping them improve their skills and knowledge. Based on this information, you can make modifications to the existing training module. It is admittedly a difficult task. Here are multiple ways to track employee training metrics to measure the effectiveness of your training program." - Aadit Vora

The Self-Awareness Teeter Totter, Dave Kovacovich.

"We are all social (media) investigators. Often, the information we seek to motivate us can make us wish we never turned on our device. In HR, we are held responsible to design workforce strategy that enhances our employees’ personal development. We cannot be afraid of recognizing individuals’ key contributions to the organization's overall success. If you have a great culture people will turn their individual success into organizational development." - Dave Kovacovich