Oct 19, 2006

Reading for HR people

These days a recurring email, IM or phone conversation that I have with youngsters who are beginning their HR careers is the answer to their question "What can I read to be a better HR professional?"

Well there is a lot of things you could read that would add to your conceptual knowledge, but HR skills are applied skills. The things that matter most for a beginner is process compliance and empathy with employees (even though a lot of times these can be contradictory).

However when pushed against the wall by them, I finally give in and tell them that Organizational Behavior is absolutely imperative to be studied, if one does not have a formal education in MBA/HR.

OB is the foundation of Human Resources, and one needs to understand how individuals, teams and organizations behave to be an effective HR person.