A Look Back at 2015's 'Great 8'!

By Desda Moss Jan 13, 2016
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By Andi Cale

Each January, the SHRMStore reflects back on the previous year and reviews its top-sellers. These books, DVDs, and software and Web-based products reveal what areas of human capital management the HR industry is focused on. Every year, the list features products in just about every category of HR, including compliance, employee relations, recruitment, strategy, harassment training and process improvement. We look at the eight top-selling products overall, as well as the eight top-selling SHRM-published books​, to hone in on what is most critical and top-of-mind for HR professionals.

Two areas that stood out in this year’s "Great 8" list included labor law posters and HR competencies. The SHRMStore added all 50 states’ labor law posters in 2015, and customers responded with a hearty thumbs-up. But it was items that address the eight behavioral competencies in the SHRM Competency Model that stole the spotlight. For example, books specific to the Leadership & Navigation competency generated more interest than in past years. This indicates that a growing number of HR practitioners are advancing their abilities to direct and contribute to initiatives and processes within their organizations.
Other topics of significant interest to SHRMStore customers include:
  • State and federal employment labor law compliance.
  • FMLA management.
  • Emotional intelligence.
  • Harassment training.
  • Workplace investigations.
  • Employee retention.
Many of the items that made the Great 8 list are approved for recertification credit​, including for 
SHRM Certification.

And now, without further ado, is the full list:
  1. State and Federal Labor Law Posters provide up-to-date employment law information for every state. 
  2. Auditing Your Human Resources Department, 2nd Edition by John H. McConnell (AMACOM, 2011) walks readers through an in-depth self-assessment process.
  3. Essentials of Employment Law: Your A to Z Guide to HR Compliance (J.J. Keller) covers more than 100 vital HR topics, including the FMLA, HIPAA, the ADA and more. 
  4. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves (TalentSmart, 2009) reveals proven strategies for increasing emotional intelligence. 
  5. FMLA Manager Online Edition (J.J. Keller) is an online service that makes it easier to track leave and comply with federal and state regulations. 
  6. The HR Answer Book, 2nd Edi​tion by Shawn Smith and Rebecca Mazin (AMACOM, 2011) addresses more than 200 questions that every employer needs to deal with, from recruiting and hiring to discipline and downsizing.
  7. Sexual Harassment: Training for a Harassment-Free Workplace (Kantola, 2015) provides study guides for managers, employees and trainers.
  8. Nine Minutes on Monday by James Robbins (McGraw-Hill Education, 2012) offers a simple system to help you raise productivity, boost morale and increase employee engagement by turning managers into leaders.
Andi Cale is manager of e-commerce and bookstore operations for the SHRMStore​.

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