15 for 2015: SHRM Published Best-Selling Books

By Desda Moss Feb 3, 2016
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By Christopher Anzalone

Last week, my colleague posted the SHRMStore’s “Great 8"—the top-selling books sold through the SHRMStore in 2015. This week, I am posting the best-selling SHRM-published books available through the SHRMStore; sold at SHRM conferences and events; sold by retail chains and other resellers; purchased by public and academic libraries and for college courses; and purchased in bulk by organizations for in-house professional development.

1. The Power of Stay Interviews for Engagement and Retention (Society for Human Resource Management, 2012) by Richard Finnegan. This has been SHRM’s best-selling book four years in a row. The fact that HR professionals from a wide array of industries and company sizes are purchasing this book is a clear indication of the growing interest in stay interviews. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Communication, Consultation, Ethical Practice and Relationship Management. The title is also available as an e-book.

2. 101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems: A Guide to Progressive Discipline & Termination, 2nd edition (Society for Human Resource Management/AMACOM, 2010) by Paul Falcone. This perennial best-seller is an excellent resource for proactively addressing performance and behavioral problems in the workplace. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Communication, Consultation, Ethical Practice and Relationship Management.

3. From Hello to Goodbye: Proactive Tips for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations (Society for Human Resource Management, 2011) by Christine Walters. This book has been a “Great 8” best-seller four years in a row. It has been approved for recertification credit. It is also available as an e-book. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Communication, Ethical Practice and Relationship Management.
 
4. The Essential Guide to Workplace Investigations: How to Handle Employee Complaints & Problems, 3rd edition (Society for Human Resource Management/NOLO, 2013) by Lisa Guerin. This book provides 10 essential steps to legally and successfully investigate and resolve any type of workplace complaint or problem. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Communication, Consultation, Ethical Practice and Relationship Management.
 
5. Defining HR Success: 9 Critical Competencies for HR Professionals (Society for Human Resource Management, 2015) by Kari Strobel, James Kurtessis, Debra Cohen and Alexander Alonso. This indispensable career development resource provides an in-depth review of the nine critical HR competencies practitioners (from entry level to executive level) need to be successful within the field of HR and as leaders of their organizations. This book supports all of the SHRM HR Competencies. It is also available as an e-book.
 
6. The Manager’s Guide to HR: Hiring, Firing, Performance Evaluations, Documentation, Benefits, and Everything Else You Need to Know, 2nd edition (Society for Human Resource Management/AMACOM, 2013) by Max Muller. This is an excellent resource for HR generalists and line managers as it provides step-by-step instructions for documenting everything and keeping records. It has been approved for recertification credit. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Communication, Consultation, Ethical Practice and Relationship Management.
 
7. Business-Focused HR: 11 Processes to Drive Results (Society for Human Resource Management, 2011) by Scott Mondore, Shane Douthitt and Marisa Carson. This book links “big data” analysis with crucial HR functions. It is also available as an e-book. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Business Acumen, Critical Evaluation, Leadership and Navigation, and Relationship Management.
 
8. Got a Minute? The 9 Lessons Every HR Professional Must Learn to Be Successful (Society for Human Resource Management, 2011) by Dale Dwyer and Sheri Caldwell. This is a fun and intriguing analysis of how HR professionals deal with challenging employees in the workplace. It is also available as an e-book. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Communication, Ethical Practice and Relationship Management.
 
9. Proving the Value of HR: How and Why to Measure ROI, 2nd edition (Society for Human Resource Management, 2012) by Jack Phillips and Patricia Pulliam Phillips. This book presents the ROI model in a step-by-step process. It has been approved for recertification credit. It is also available as an e-book. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Business Acumen and Critical Evaluation.
 
10. 97 Frequently Asked Questions About Compensation: With Answers from SHRM’s Knowledge Advisors (Society for Human Resource Management, 2014) by Margaret Fiester. This book covers the most frequently asked employee compensation questions related to bonuses, paid leave, tax compliance, wage and hour regulations, and much more. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Business Acumen, Communication and Relationship Management. Other books in the SHRM Q&A Series include57 Frequently Asked Questions About Workplace Safety and Security (2014), 107 Frequently Asked Questions About Staffing Management (2015) and 47 Frequently Asked Questions about the Family and Medical Leave Act (coming out this year).
 
11. Solving the Compensation Puzzle: Putting Together a Complete Pay and Performance System (Society for Human Resource Management, 2008) by Sharon Koss. Checklists, practical tips, sample policies, training materials and forms will help you design a pay-for-performance system for your organizationwhether you are starting from scratch or trying to improve part of the current system. This title is also available as an e-book. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Communication, Critical Evaluation, Leadership and Navigation, and Relationship Management.
 
12. Perils and Pitfalls of California Employment Law: A Guide for HR Professionals (Society for Human Resource Management, 2014) by Matthew Effland. Written primarily for HR professionals outside the state who manage a workforce inside the state, this book explores the differences between California employment law and federal employment law. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Consultation, Ethical Practice and Relationship Management.
 
13. The EQ Interview: Finding Employees with High Emotional Intelligence (Society for Human Resource Management/AMACOM, 2008)  by Adele Lynn. A great deal has been written about the positive contributions of a high EQ workplace. This book provides guidance for strengthening HR professionals’ and hiring managers’ skills in interviewing for emotional intelligence. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Consultation, Ethical Practice, Global and Cultural Effectiveness, and Relationship Management.
 
14. Repurposing HR: From a Cost Center to a Business Accelerator (Society for Human Resource Management, 2015) by Carol E.M. Anderson. HR has traditionally organized itself in silos, as professionals in compensation, recruiting, employee relations, and learning and development, rather than as businesspeople whose purpose is to improve the bottom line of our organizations. This book helps break down the silos by using a process to generate and foster collective thinking. This book supports all of the SHRM HR Competencies.
 
15. Human Capital Benchmarking: 6 Industries, 5 Geographic Regions, and 4 Employee Sizes by the Society for Human Resource Management. This annual resource covers more than 40 metrics about human capital, evaluating such critical issues as cost-per-hire, HR expenses, HR-to-employee ratio, succession plans, time-to-fill and turnover rate. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Business Acumen, Critical Evaluation, and Leadership and Navigation. NOTE: The 2015-2016 edition will be available in the SHRMStore​ next month.
 
Christopher Anzalone, @SHRMBooks on Twitter, is SHRM's manager, book publishing.

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