Here at INSIDE, we specialize in working with HR, recruitment, communications (both internal and external), business practices and culture on a daily basis. We love what we do so much that we even spend our leisure time reading up on the industry, its thought leaders and its business strategies.
In no particular order, the following are my top recommended books for recruiters, HR and anyone interested in working with greater impact:
The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg – Cue. Routine. Reward. Using science, narratives and diagrams, Duhigg illuminates how, by harnessing the science and understanding of how we form habits, we can transform businesses, selves and communities. A New York Times Best Seller, among many other accolades, this book unveils a whole new understanding of human nature. A great, educational and entertaining read.
Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek – Looking to create a workforce that is empowered, feels trusted and returns those feelings with loyalty? Sinek, inspired by a conversation with a Marine Corps general, outlines how great leaders sacrifice their own comfort for the benefit of those in their care. This practice holds true in business culture as well, as Sinek explains. Full of true stories and fascinating insights, this New York Times Best seller is a must read.
How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie – This book will help you understand how to handle interactions, how to make people like you, and teach you to navigate difficult situations without creating conflict. Learn techniques for your business and personal success. A best-seller and surefire read for those starting out in a new organization or are new to the industry.
The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave, by Leigh Branham – Organizations work hard to keep employees, for business, cultural and recruitment reasons. But why is turnover so high? Using in-depth research, Branham explains the seven hidden reasons, motivators and causes employees leave their employer and how to re-engage and retain them. A great read for HR, managers and business professionals.
Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg – This international best seller highlights women in the workplace through Sandberg’s professional anecdotes, data and research. It also provides insights about negotiation techniques, mentorship and building a satisfying career. This book is not only a must read for women in the workplace, but it is also an important book for men, HR and business professionals to understand empowerment and supporting all employees.