Learn the Basics of Human Resources with these books

Learn the Basics of Human Resources with these books

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Learning HR is not something that you can learn with just some theory and a lot of books or videos about leadership (It helps, don’t get us wrong, that is why we write this blog). But, it takes that theory and a lot of practice to really understand why best practices in HR are good for your company and to foreseen problems before they happen. We can not give you the practice, but we compiled a list of books that give you examples of things that have worked and that haven’t worked in the past, so you can learn the Basics of Human Resources with them.

Take them as examples or thoughts from other people. Obviously, these examples might not be applicable to your company, but they might give you ideas.

At HR for SMEs we understand that Human Resources is mostly common sense. So, our advice when you read them is that you specially take advise from the mistakes other people have done.

If you are planning your own training program as Entrepeneur and you want to improve your Human Resources knowledge and skills, you have come to the right place. We write simple and from the experience of real HR professionals.

Keep reading our blog to have more examples of best practices and situations to avoid. On the meantime, start reading this list, and let us know if you have any suggestion on HR books that could help other entrepeneurs like you.

List of Human Resources Books for entrepeneurs

How Google works

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

We are not going to say a lot about it. This book is just something that you need to read. You don’t need to implement what they are doing, obviously. This book leaves you with an enthusiasm about doing everything better. We are sure things at google are not perfect, but, it is a good and relax read that could really help your company. A few ideas about employe engagement, recruitment and training. ENJOY!

First time Manager

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a fantastic manual to go over when hiring your first employee. Being a manager is not as easy as giving instructions and you will need some help if you haven’t done it before. This is an easy reading for those of you coming to the difficult life of being a manager

HR for Small Business for Dummies – UK Edition

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a practical book that will be able to help you as a first approach to HR and as a to do list on the things that you have to consider when creating a company and hiring employees for the first time.

 When Cultures Collide: Leading accross Cultures – 4th Edition

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This is an irreverent book, with a very British humour that explains wonderfully why the world work like it does. How every culture is different and how that affect business.

Everyone working in business training or anyone willing to do international business should read this book.

Our personal recommendation: Read it with a perspective look, not from your nationality. wherever you were born, you could get offended. It doesn’t have to be true, but it is how the others see you, and that definetely affects how others speak and do business with you.

The Coaching Manual

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Coaching is becoming more and more relevant.  There are thousands of new personal and executive coaches that help you to achieve your objectives. You don’t need to become a certified coach, but this book will change the way you speak to your team or how to interact with people in any environment.

The Coaching Manual is not exactly about HR, but it will help you to change things and help you avoiding you problems. However, we want to emphasize that coaching is in our daily lives, not just when we meet with a “Coach”

It is a way of leading teams and to get closer with other people. This fantastic manual from Julie Starr helps the reader to afront conversations in a very different way. Helps you to learn how to make open questions and to get the information you need, not the one you want to hear or the one you believe to know. Does it ring the bell?

Through the book she gives multiple examples of how conversations can go wrong and good just by changing sentences. The good thing, they are real life examples.

It is an essential manual to everyone who is leading a team or related to HR in someway.

The 4-Hour Work Week

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A Best seller that you have most probably heard off. Why are we including it on this list then?

Mainly because our obsession is that you learn how to use your Human Resources, that is your team, in the most effective way. With this in mind, this book speaks about how the most effective way of increasing your productivity is to delegate in your team.

How much does it cost your time? Even if you have read it already, we recommend you review it and make further notes!

Hello Laziness!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It is one of those books that makes you laugh at the same time you keep highlighting and making notes, specially if you own a company or work in HR.

Attacks everything prestablished with some irony. Criticises big corporations and their complicated language that make very difficult the access to an external.

The author constantly repites how she asks her kids not to work for others. Why?

Maier explains it in this fantastic book. You can agree or not whith her thoughts. However, she provides a great perspective on big corporations and how to survive them.

The power of habit

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Within the list of HR books for SME owners, this is an essential book for everyone that wishes to implement any change in their team. Specially if you want to see changes happening in the way that your team works.

It will not give you tricks or steps to follow to directly implement in your Company, but it will help you to better understand how change management works in a simple and entretaining way.

It gives excellent examples of great athlets who changed their life through habit, but also of big organisations who moved from a toxic culture to promote gratitude and improved their company culture just by implementing small habits.

Human Resources Practice

Rating: 5 out of 5.

If you need to Learn the Basics of Human Resources with these books, and you could only chose one of them, this is the geme in the crown. Is the book that students use for their level 3 CIPD certification. It is a fantastic summary to learn all the basics that someone starting as a HR practicioner should know.

Obviously it doesn’t give you the strategic point of view, but it gives you a good guideline to follow when starting with your learning of HR and a good handbook where to go if you have no idea of what Human resources is and involves.

Make sure you let us know your thoughts on them and feel free to share any other books related to HR that could help Entrepeneurs.


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