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As many of us have embraced work from home – reluctantly or otherwise – due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, some of the time saved on commuting could be spent in catching up on some of the year’s best HR publications.

Here are 10 of the most worthwhile HR reads for 2020.

#1 Unleashing Capacity: The Hidden Human Resources
By Rita Trehan
HR pros are always on the lookout for ways to enhance their own skills and careers. When HR is enabled by taking on new leadership challenges, they can improve the skills, roles, and processes within their organisations. The author shares first-hand knowledge in easy-to-read chapters that help HR professionals at all levels move up the corporate ladder.


#2 Fundamentals of HR Analytics: A Manual on Becoming HR Analytical
By Fermin Diez, Mark Bussin, and Venessa Lee
This book sets the building blocks for HR professionals to boost their knowledge of analytics and data and help improve the business’s overall performance. It covers practical aspects such as data-analytic thinking, data management, data collection, applying HR analytics and tools to the workforce, as well as planning, recruiting, training, and turnover analysis.


#3 Humanity Works: Merging Technologies and People for the Workforce of the Future
By Alexandra Levit
With consideration of AI and an automation-driven workplace, the author examines how mankind’s most important behavioural traits – empathy, creativity, sensitivity, morality, judgment – will be ‘the glue’ to hold these many forces together. Full of thought-provoking case studies, Humanity Works makes us rethink how the ‘H’ in HR could really make a difference.


#4 Technology Made Simple for the Technical Recruiter
By Obi Ogbanufe
As recruiters negotiate the fast-changing and rapidly-expanding tech landscape, the various tools/technologies they have at their disposal can sometimes feel daunting. This book succinctly covers Big Data vocabulary, network lingo, and tech acronyms – providing an informative guide that covers this dense terrain with deceptive simplicity and precision.


#5 We Can’t Talk about That at Work!
By Mary-Frances Winters
HR must now be able to deal with a number of thorny conversations. From diversity & inclusion, sexual harassment, politics and mental health – HR teams have to handhold employees across several sensitive areas. Winters’ new work sheds light on understanding the nuts and bolts of effective communication, and how the right culture in any organisation is that vital agent of change.


#6 Financial Analysis for HR Managers: Tools for Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
By Steven Director
Chockfull of illustrative examples, a breakdown of financial numbers into easy-to-understand chunks, and a step-by-step primer towards designing a financial roadmap or HR, this is an ideal read for those looking to gain whole-hearted buy-in from CFOs.


#7 Generation Z: A Century in the Making
By Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace
Through comprehending how Gen Z sees the world, HR teams can create work environments that encourage them to thrive and effectively manage generational diversity in the workforce. Generation Z takes a look at the lives of individuals in this demographic, shedding light on their career aspirations, attitude to money, relationship values, educational preferences and more.


#8 Rituals for Work: 50 Ways to Create Engagement, Shared Purpose, and a Culture That Can Adapt to Change
By Kursat Ozenc and Margaret Hagan
At a time when HR is renewing its focus on employee experience, books like this are an invaluable resource. Its appeal is threefold, providing: 1) a variety of case studies demarcating best practices, crises, and errors in judgment. 2) a visually rich and creative breakdown of HR essentials to help you design a plan for engagement. 3) a fresh take on core HR concepts.


#9 Belonging at Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take to Cultivate an Inclusive Organisation
By Rhodes Perry, MPA
This book will help readers understand what it means to belong, why belonging matters to the future of work, and how leaders can positively impact workplace culture. It also provides concrete strategies to connect with a culture change thought leaders and how to be the catalyst of change in the workplace.


#10 Staying Power: Why Your Employees Leave and How to Keep Them Longer
By Cara Silletto and Leah Brown (contributor)
High employee turnover holds back your company from reaching its full potential. If you have a revolving door of employees, then productivity and profitability can drop significantly. This books shares a treasure trove of tips and practical advice on how to improve connections with employees to keep them around longer.