Books for Bosses

There are many books on improving your boss skills. Here’s a website listing some top management books. One of the easiest management books for a boss to read and quickly apply, although dated, is The One Minute Manager.

An excellent source for books and other resources to help you be a better boss is the SHRM Store (Society for Human Resource Management). Below are the latest reviews from their best sellers. Another source for books which includes community reviews is

The HR Toolkit
Solving office problems before they escalate marks the difference between success and failure for any HR professional. This book offers simple, actionable techniques you can start using right away. [More] 

New Supervisor Training
This book helps up-and-coming supervisors make the transition from individual contributor to leader. Includes PowerPoint slides and electronic copies of supporting materials. [More]

The Social Media Management Handbook
This book provides a complete toolbox for defining and practicing a coherent social media strategy in your organization. [More]

Match: A Systematic, Sane Process for Hiring the Right Person Every Time
Based on the author’s experience with best practices from over a thousand companies, Match gives you a rock solid, practical process for hiring. [More]

The Manager’s Legal Handbook, 6th Edition
Need some information about overtime? Want some useful ideas on workplace policies? This one-of-a-kind book provides everything you need to stay within the bounds of the law. [More]

101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees
A practical, solution-oriented book that walks readers through some of the most common–as well as the most serious–employee problems they are likely to encounter. [More]

180 Ways to Spread Contagious Enthusiasm
Employee productivity is linked to happiness at work and home. This book gives you 180 morale-boosting ideas to help bring more enthusiasm to the workplace. [More]

 Your State and Federal Employment Law Manual
One of the SHRMStore’s most popular legal compliance products, Ceridian’s state-specific and federal employment law manuals are now available as a web-based service. [More]

Get Rid of the Performance Review!
The performance review is one of the most insidious, most damaging, and yet most ubiquitous of corporate activities. We all hate it. And yet nobody does anything about it. Until now. [More]

The best places to work are not only the most engaging work environments for employees—they are also the most efficient, productive and successful. Even in the toughest economic times. [More]

Successful Onboarding
Bringing a new employee on board can be the start of a rewarding relationship or the beginning of a missed opportunity. This book helps you make the most of each employee’s career starting on day one. [More]

Mandated Benefits 2012 Compliance Guide
This comprehensive and practical reference manual covers key federal regulatory issues that must be addressed by HR managers, benefits specialists and company executives in all industries. [More]

Got a Minute?
This book is designed to help HR professionals and people managers evaluate and deal with challenging employees and disciplinary problems in the workplace. [More]

HR Strategy, 2nd Edition
Focusing on HR as a key driver of competitive advantage and sustainable success, this book demonstrates how to create a winning human resource strategy. [More]

The Why of Work
This book helps you engage employees by creating meaning in the workplace to bring out the best in everyone, create value for your employees, your customers, your company and yourself. [More]

Employees First, Customers Second
One small idea can ignite a revolution. One such idea—putting employees first and customers second—sparked a revolution at HCL Technologies, the IT services giant. [More]

Winning with a Culture of Recognition
Employee engagement is the great, untapped resource of most organizations. Yet only 25 percent of employees are truly engaged in their work. This book shows how to increase engagement. [More]


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