15 HR Books That Will Guide You Through 2022 and Beyond

The changes and advancements in HR mirror that of our society and businesses. And with constant changes in the way we approach people management, it is important to keep up with HR trends and the new theories which drive them. This includes theories and stories in all spheres; from improving the employee experience with minimal trade-offs with productivity to research-based blueprints for the modern recruiter. All of which are featured in our list of some of the best hr books of 2022.

HR Books to Keep You at the Top of Your Game

Familiarizing yourself with these theories and stories is invaluable for advancing your HR expertise and staying on top of your game. And there’s no better way to do so than by picking up a good old book. If you are not sure where to start from, look no further, because we at HireBee have picked out a comprehensive list of books every HR professional should read. Covering all relevant areas experiencing considerable amounts of transformation, our list features some of the best hr books of 2022 for all hr professionals with different responsibilities.

  1. A World of Good: Lessons From Around the World in Improving the Employee Experience

Sleeping at work, taking long lunch breaks and turning up late are no longer necessarily the characteristics of a lazy worker. Since the middle of the last century, psychologists have been focused on the workplace and the effect it has on us. Thousands of studies have been dedicated to improving the world of work, and in recent years this trend has grown rapidly as the modern employer reacts to changing expectations. 

Finding ways to improve the lives of employees should be a priority for every employer. More than ever, an organization’s front line affects its bottom line. ‘A World of Good’ brings together some surprising workplace practices from more than fifteen countries and underpins them with interviews and psychological research.

Gethin Nadin - Employee Wellbeing Congress

Author: Gethin Nadin

Gethin is an award-winning psychologist who has been helping some of the world’s largest organizations to improve their employee experience and well-being for two decades.
Featured in Forbes, The Sun, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and The Financial Times as well as all major HR, Reward and Pensions publications. 


  1. Promotions Are So Yesterday: Redefine Career Development. Help Employees Thrive

The time-honored tradition of defining career development exclusively in terms of promotions, moves, and title changes is dead. Beyond, between, and besides the climb up the positional ladder, there are many other ways that employees can—and want to—grow. 

In Promotions Are So Yesterday, Julie Winkle Giulioni offers you a new approach for developing your employees’ careers and helping them thrive in a company when promotions are not readily available. Discover an easy-to-apply framework of seven alternative dimensions of development (contribution, competence, confidence, connection, challenge, contentment, and choice) that will engage your employees—dynamic opportunities for growth that are completely within your control as a manager.

Author: Julie Winkle Giulioni

Julie Winkle Giulioni is a champion for workplace growth and development and helps executives and leaders optimize talent and potential within their organizations. One of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 speakers
Julie is a regular columnist for Training Industry Magazine and SmartBrief and contributes articles on leadership, career development, and workplace trends to numerous publications including The Economist. 


  1. HR for Hybrid Working 

Many employees are looking for a mix of remote and office working. How can HR professionals adapt policies and practices to ensure hybrid working is effective for the workforce and the business?

HR for Hybrid Working covers everything that people professionals need to succeed in a hybrid working model and manage the transition to this new way of working. It shows why and how contractual documents, policies, pay and reward terms need to change, how to manage changing employee expectations and how to assess and communicate to staff what work can be done partially remotely and manage the impact on company culture. There is also insight on how to adapt learning and development (L&D) and wellbeing activities to ensure they support employee development.

Author: Gary Cookson

Gary is a leading expert in the design and delivery of online/virtual training programs, as well as an inspiring and entertaining keynote speaker and trainer on a range of leadership and HR issues. He was recognized in HR Most Influential: Movers and Shakers 2019, and is an HRD Connect Thought Leader.
His book, HR for Hybrid Working, is due to be published on 3 June 2022 by Kogan Page. 


  1. Elemental Change 

‘You never step in the same river twice.’ Our intensely interconnected world never stops evolving. Amid the chaos of intended and unexpected consequences we’re expected to lead a change initiative. We have to learn fast, as it has already started. This highly practical, human and humorous book shows us how to make complex change attainable – organizational, professional or personal – whether you have years of experience or are facing your first major challenge. It helps us think about what change is and means, how we prepare for it and what we do to make it successful. It may just be the most readable book about change yet.

The Elemental Workplace 

You may well be reading this at work. Look around you I am sure you will agree your workplace could be significantly better. Do you tolerate a mediocre, uninspiring, and dysfunctional environment, because that’s the way it’s always been? It doesn’t have to be. Everyone deserves a fantastic workplace, a positive environment in which to live, learn, grow, share and contribute. Yet it need not be difficult to create if you follow this simple and intuitive framework. An Elemental Workplace is a standard that everyone can attain, not an elite pipedream for the privileged few. 

Author: Neil Usher

With over 30 years in the industry as a property, workplace, and change leader, Neil has delivered innovative environments for organizations in a variety of sectors, all over the world including Warner Bros., Honeywell, Rio Tinto, and Sky. He is now Chief Workplace & Change Strategist at GoSpace AI, an innovator of the only dynamic and intelligent workspace management application available today. He is a sought-after conference and academic speaker, always bringing a fresh perspective while challenging assumptions and myths.


  1. Confessions of an HR Pro: Stories of Defeat & Triumph 

Are you an HR Professional with years of experience but losing motivation? Are you new to HR and trying to find your way? Are you new to leadership in HR navigating your seat at the table? Are you feeling disconnected from your HR community?

This book will help you to regain your HR mojo, find your community and gain clarity on your way forward. Based on real-life experiences from HR Professionals who felt just like you at some point in their careers, you will learn about our moments of defeat and triumph. A powerful collection of HR stories for beginners and professionals alike.

Author: Julie Turney

Julie Turney is a People Experience architect with over 15 years of experience in the Human Resources (HR) profession. Julie built her career from the bottom up and has worked in various industries in established companies, from startups to Fortune 500’s, working in cross-functional teams to support purposeful work and create meaningful cultures. 
Julie is the Founder and CEO of [email protected] Consulting Inc., a boutique coaching firm with a global client base, providing safe spaces for HR professionals to lean in, grow and thrive. A company birthed out of her second bout of HR burnout. Julie found creative ways to heal from her burnout experience and decided to share her coping mechanisms with her HR community, helping them do the same.


  1. The Robot-Proof Recruiter. A survival guide for recruitment & sourcing professionals! 

In a world of work where recruiters hear that their role is at risk from AI, robotics and chatbots, it has never been more important to effectively attract and recruit the right people. 

The Robot-Proof Recruiter enables you to become the recruiter that candidates trust and the one they want to talk to. It contains guidance on:
1. how to recruit without an existing online presence or reputation,

2. how to work effectively with hiring managers to improve the candidate experience, and

3. how to use technology to support the candidate’s journey from initial outreach, to application, to an employee, and through to alumnus.

A human resource guide book for people who want to recruit the right people for their organization.

Author: Katrina Collier

Katrina Collier is on a mission to end the collaboration chaos that ruins recruitment and candidate experience; exacerbated by hybrid working. Her inclusive workshops help companies fix the real issues preventing successful talent acquisition, and her unique shared-learning Mastermind program develops the skills HR & recruiters need to partner effectively with the business and candidates. She is also a Mentor, Author of The Robot-Proof Recruiter, a global keynote speaker, and host of The Hiring Partner Perspective (Unedited) podcast.  


  1. The Human Resource Professional’s Guide to Change Management. Practical Tools and Techniques to Enact Meaningful and Lasting Organizational Change

The ability to help an organization effectively deal with change is a key competency that all HR professionals must possess. However, many people in the HR function have not received any formal training or instruction on how to fulfill this key role. Further, HR professionals are often paralyzed or frustrated by senior management attitudes and practices, thereby feeling left out of the change process entirely or powerless within it. This book provides HR professionals with key resources and concepts to successfully launch, implement and maintain change management initiatives within their organizations. Practical tools and explanations will illuminate critical change management competencies and processes thereby enabling HR professionals to take on strategic and active roles as they guide and lead employees, at all levels throughout an organization, to successfully deal with change.

Author: Melanie Peacock  PhD, MBA, FCPHR, SHRM-SCP

Dr. Melanie Peacock has over 30 years of experience as a Human Resources Management professional and is an Associate Professor at Mount Royal University and past president of the Faculty Association. Dr. Peacock was the first woman of color and the first woman in over 28 years to hold this position. As well, Dr. Peacock is the incoming president of Western University’s Alumni Board. Dr. Peacock has been extensively involved in professional HR initiatives as a senior manager, independent consultant, and educator. 


  1. Stop Collaborate and Listen!  Developing Impactful HR Partnerships through Collaboration 

Human resource departments have earned a negative reputation as reclusive information hoarders, the company “cleaners,” and the department of no. But opportunities exist for changing that narrative through collaborative partnerships. In Stop, Collaborate, and Listen, author Tina Marie Wohlfield shares strategies for transforming human resources work from mindless paper-pushing to a positive, employee-centered force for change in the workplace. As a twenty-five-year veteran in the field of HR, Wohlfield presents a call to action for sharing knowledge, data, and resources to effectively leverage internal relationships and earn trust and credibility as a strategic partner. She offers personal stories, insight, concrete success tips, and lessons taken straight from the trenches on maximizing the ability to listen and collaborate with stakeholders. The result? HR engagement has an impact on all levels of the organization.

Author: Tina Marie Wohfield

Tina Marie Wohlfield is the founder and Chief People Strategist at TIMAWO (pronounced Tee-ma-woe). She is a passionate champion of Human Resources, Leadership, and Talent Management with over 25+ years of experience in the Human Resources profession.
Tina Marie received her MBA with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Walsh College. In addition to holding both the SHRM-SCP and SPHR, HR professional certifications; she is a Neuroscience-based coach with a Certification in Applied Neuroscience by Key Change Institute (KCI).
Tina Marie is an active member of the HR community and a dedicated advocate for advancing the HR profession through collaboration, partnerships, and mentorship.


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

Traditional performance management processes are often ineffective in increasing workforce engagement and fostering a positive employer-employee relationship. The established method of annually scoring employees against a list of static objectives can make employees feel undervalued and frustrated and can hinder, rather than advance, staff development.

Unlocking High Performance shows you how to transform this process to get the best out of your workforce. It presents a new model for performance management based on the three components of planning, cultivation, and accountability, and situates this process within the wider aims of promoting work as a healthy relationship between employer and employee rather than a restrictive contract to be complied with.

Author: Jason Lauritsen 

Jason Lauritsen is transforming management as a keynote speaker, trainer, and author. He liberates managers from outdated and inhumane practices so they can cultivate human potential at work and improve people’s lives.
Jason’s advice and teachings are informed by decades of experience as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, and employee engagement researcher. His insights have been described as a “secret weapon” by leaders who strive to create a more engaging and human work experience for their people. 
His experience ranges from startup CEO to Fortune 1000 executive. He also spent several years leading the Best Places to Work program for an HR technology company, where he gained deep insight into some of the best workplaces in the world. 


  1. “The Talent Fix: A Leader’s Guide to Recruiting Great Talent”

The Talent Fix is a book I wrote to answer the question, what would I do if your CEO came in and asked me to take over Talent Acquisition at your company. Actually, from how I would interview for that job all the way through how I would build the process and tech stack. 

Author: Tim Sackett 

Tim Sackett, SHRM-SCP is the CEO of HRUTech.com a leading tech staffing firm headquartered in Lansing, MI. Tim has over 20 years of combined Executive HR and Talent Acquisition experience, working for Fortune 500 companies and he has his master’s degree in HR Management. Tim is a highly sought-after international speaker on leadership, HR & TA Tech, talent acquisition and HR execution. Tim is currently a Senior Faculty member with the Josh Bersin Academy. 


  1. Redefining HR 

In these times of change and disruption, HR must adapt, fast. But how can HR professionals critically assess their current processes and activities to identify what areas they need to think differently about in order to drive business results? This book provides the answers to enable all aspects of the people’s functions to perform to their full potential.

Redefining HR is a refreshing take on the evolution of the field of Human Resources and People Operations. It’s an in-depth guide to the fundamental components of modern HR and provides a tangible framework of progressive ideas and practices for HR practitioners, people leaders, and business executives. This is not a theoretical examination of HR. This is a book for practitioners, with insights from people professionals at the leading edge of HR’s transformation from companies including Hubspot, Reddit, Stripe, Mastercard, Eventbrite, VaynerMedia, and Asana.

Author: Lars Schmidt

Lars Schmidt is the Founder of Amplify, a boutique firm that helps companies and HR leaders navigate the new world of work through HR executive search and the Amplify Accelerator program. He’s spent over 20 years in the industry building a range of leading global companies. He’s a writer for Fast Company, author of the bestselling Redefining HR book, co-author of Employer Branding for Dummies, and Host of the Redefining HR podcast. 


  1. Full Stack Recruiter: The Ultimate Edition

Whether you are already working in recruitment, new to the industry, or just hoping to begin your career as a recruiter, there are essential strategies used by successful recruiters that will help you accelerate your career. Of course, no one is born knowing these things; they come from years of experience in the field. That’s exactly what this book is: years of practical, real-world experience distilled into one comprehensive guide to succeeding in your recruiting career in the digital era.

This book is designed to help recruiters gain a broad understanding of the industry while expanding and deepening the knowledge of more senior professionals. Whether you belong in the first category or the second, this book will help you take your career to the next level.

Author: Jan Tegze

Jan Tegze, author of the book Full Stack Recruiter, results-oriented Talent Acquisition Leader with extensive experience in full life cycle recruiting, and broad knowledge in international recruiting, sourcing, recruitment branding, recruitment marketing, and proactive innovative sourcing techniques. Author of the Sourcing.Games, and blogger who believes that recruitment is a great field and he is constantly trying to make it better.


  1. Recognition Rebooted, A Smarter Approach to Employee Recognition

Employee Recognition as we know it gets rebooted! For Managers and HR professionals.What if most employee recognition best practices are wrong? What if it’s not the gift card, anniversary award, or the mug that’s making the difference? Many organizations assume they are doing fine with their approach to employee recognition, but most employees don’t agree. More than 65% of employees feel under-recognized, which matters because they are twice as likely to quit in the next year. With good intentions, traditional recognition approaches often undermine your organization and end up making it harder for leaders and costly to the business.

What’s more, Recognition Rebooted requires no transformation of your organization or program, nor buy-in from other busy leaders. It’s just you and your team. If those other things do happen—and they will—that’s an added bonus.

Whether or not you have an existing recognition program, make your job easier and let Recognition Rebooted come to the rescue!

Author: Sam Jenniges, M.S.

Sam Jenniges, M.S., grew up on a farm in southwestern Minnesota as the fourth of eight children in her family. Farm life helped her learn quickly that a little appreciation for work well done can bring out best thinking and best work no matter how unappealing the job is! She has endless enthusiasm for helping individuals and organizations reach their full potential. This includes many Organizational Development and Leadership efforts, including teaching leaders how to get good at employee recognition to bring out their best effort and reduce job-hopping.
Sam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA degree in Scientific and Technical Communications and from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with an MS degree in Organizational Development and Leadership.


  1. “Don’t Feed the Elephants! Overcoming the Art of Avoidance to Build Powerful Partnerships”

You see the giant footprints the moment you walk through the door. The conference room is a swirling mess of tension, heaviness, anxiety, and peanut shells. Something is very wrong with your team. Everybody knows it, but nobody is talking about it.

It’s obvious there’s an elephant in the room. Is it an Avoidephant, feeding off the fears of retaliation and exclusion? Perhaps it’s a Blamephant—whom we love to feed because it makes us feel better about ourselves. Or is it one of the other five types of elephants?

No matter what type you’re dealing with, executive coach Sarah Noll Wilson knows your elephant is not there by accident. It was created, and someone has been feeding it. Is it you?

In Don’t Feed the Elephants!, Sarah explores how you can address the true elephant in the room: avoidance. She shares tips for having conversations you may be avoiding, invites you to get curious instead of furious, and shows how to own your role rather than passing blame. You’ll come away with a shared language to free the elephants you see—and the confidence to do so.

Author:   Sarah Noll Wilson

Sarah Noll Wilson is an executive coach and leadership development consultant who’s been freeing elephants for fifteen years. Sarah works with leaders to develop more powerful partnerships and helps teams spot patterns that are keeping them from higher performance. An in-demand keynote speaker, Sarah leads workshops and team retreats for leaders and HR professionals. She holds several coaching certifications and has a master’s in leadership development from Drake University.


  1. Colonels of Wisdom Vol 1 – A Daughter’s Reflection on Leadership

This study guide is intended as a compliment to the book, Colonels of Wisdom – A Daughter’s Reflection on Leadership, not as a replacement. The Colonel’s quotes are listed here. The commentary on the quotes is not. There are 52 quotes, which allows you to process once a week for a year-long study.

Colonels of Wisdom Vol 2 – A Daughter’s Reflection on Significance

As the daughter of a career Air Force officer, Lauren Schieffer, CSP, gained profound independence and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. The lessons she learned have helped her make smart decisions and overcome adversity with humility and a sense of humor. In this Volume II, Lauren combines quotes from “The Colonel” with heartfelt and engaging stories, highlighting the subtle, but crucial difference between mere success and true significance.

Author: Lauren Schieffer, CSP

Lauren’s passion is helping organizations build their next generation of leaders. She uses Nine Essentials of Significant Leadership™ to transform the way managers think, make decisions & act toward the people they lead. She brings a fresh new perspective, & a street-smart approach to what works and what doesn’t, helping speed transformation in three critical areas: knowledge, skills, and relationships. As a result, your people will be more focused on what matters every day. They’ll lead with compassion and integrity, and they’ll model standards of excellence that others will aspire to and follow – all centered behind a common goal and vision. That’s what SIGNIFICANT leadership is.


16. The Enjoyable Company: Making Work Work in a Post-Pandemic World

theLivingCore has released a publication called The Enjoyable Company: Making Work Work in a Post-Pandemic World. In it, they claim we should use the opportunity given to us by the global pandemic, to radically reshape our organizations. The goal is simple: to make work truly enjoyable. But to do that, we first need to understand what joy really is, and what steps leaders can take to make it work for their people. The Enjoyable Company provides this information and guides leaders through questions and exercises to put them into action.

“When your employees truly enjoy their work and feel they are a genuine part of your organization, they bring their full, authentic selves to the workplace. And with them, their full potential, dedicated to the common goals of your organization. Joy is the most fundamental thing we, as people, want to experience. We claim that companies exist to fulfill this purpose. Successful business developments and innovations will follow. And with them, financial success. We made this guide for the owners, leaders, and courageous individuals who want to make this vision a reality.” -The Enjoyable Company

About the Authors

theLivingCore is a multidisciplinary team consisting of cognitive scientists, psychologists, business consultants, facilitators, and designers with 20 years of experience in working with organizations of all kinds and sizes. Their work as knowledge and innovation architects is all about the vitality and authenticity of organizations and the people who work there.


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