After getting a great response when I asked people about their favorite HR books
, I decided to check in with the community about which HR blogs they love to read. So I posted the question on SHRM’s LinkedIn company page and group—and got quite an education from your responses! I learned all about HR bartenders, carnivals, ringleaders, cynics, punk rockers, capitalists, upstarts, minions, advisors and more. Altogether, you recommended more than 30 blogs. The common thread was that you like your HR blogs to be practical, funny, and, well, human—imagine that!
1. Evil HR Lady
on Twitter: Suzanne Lucas spent 10 years in corporate HR and is now devoting her time to demystifying a field that many write off as “evil” because they don’t understand what happens behind the scenes. She answers HR questions from her readers and explains complex issues in a straightforward—and often funny—way. “Evil HR Lady is probably my favorite for pragmatic advice delivered with humor,” wrote Judith Perkins, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, senior manager of HR for the Golden Rain Foundation.
2. Liz Ryan’s Human Workplace
on Twitter: Once a Fortune
500 Human Resources SVP, Liz Ryan now devotes herself to publishing, coaching and consulting on what she calls the “human workplace”—a vision of work that is people-centric. Colorful illustrations add to the site’s human touch. “Anything by Liz Ryan is phenomenal!” according to Jill Rowan, an HR generalist at Czarnowski. “She hits the nail on the head by bringing the ‘human’ into human resources!”
3. Fistful of Talent
on Twitter: This blog brings together “an all-star collection of HR and recruiting practitioners to provide daily insights with a trace of attitude and snark,” according to the site. It has 15 regular contributors who post about HR, performance, recruiting, digital interviewing, and other topics of interest. “I love Fistful of Talent. Great content, and it doesn't take itself (or the profession) too seriously--an important distinction in my mind,” wrote Kristen Stine, director of HR at PETA Foundation.
4. HR Bartender
on Twitter: HR-pro-turned-consultant Sharlyn Lauby created this blog so that “people would have a friendly place to discuss workplace issues.” "I enjoy HR Bartender by Sharlyn Lauby,” commented Michelle Baker, a corporate learning and onboarding strategist with phase(two)learning. “My go-to blogs are the informal sites that have progressive viewpoints and work to ‘humanize’ Human Resources!”
5. Laurie Ruettimann, @lruettimann on Twitter: Formerly the voice behind the Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR blogs, Laurie Ruettimann is now blogging as simply herself, with some great content based on her experience as an HR leader and consultant. “Laurie Ruettimann hands down,” wrote Sarah Wallace, a human resources coordinator at Community Health Care Inc.
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