5 must-read books for reward and benefit professionals

Emma Budd

04/08/2015
Categories: Industry, HR

Plus 5 bonus books! 

1. HR in the Boardroom: The HR Professional's Guide to Earning a Place in the C-Suite by Lance Wright
"This book addresses the skill set needed to transition from a senior specialist in HR to a senior executive with broader corporate management responsibility and strategic impact."

It’s never been so important for HR professionals to take a strategic approach and with “global case studies based on first-hand experience, plus interviews with HR professionals from a range of industries”, this book will aid your transition.

2. Employee Engagement (HR Fundamentals) by Emma Bridger 
"Achieving employee engagement is crucial to the success and continued high performance of any organization. But with budgets tighter than ever before, economic struggles and an increasingly stressful workplace for staff, it has become an increasingly difficult task. This book provides a practical resource for understanding, measuring and building engagement."

It also includes case studies from British Gas, Capital One, Asda, Ministry of Justice, Mace and RSA.

3. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink 
"Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people - at work, at school, at home." This suggestion by Benefex CEO and Founder, Matt Macri-Waller, will explain "the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today's world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world." Along the way, author Daniel H. Pink takes us to companies that are "enlisting new approaches to motivation, and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward."

4. Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier 

“We're just starting to reap the benefits: tracking vital signs to foresee deadly infections, predicting building fires, anticipating the best moment to buy a plane ticket, seeing inflation in real time and monitoring social media in order to identify trends. But there is a dark side to big data. In this ground-breaking and fascinating book, two of the world's most-respected data experts reveal the reality of a big data world and outline clear and actionable steps that will equip the reader with the tools needed for this next phase of human evolution.”

5. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek
"Why are some people and organisations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others? And why are they able to repeat their success again and again?" This book analyses leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Steve Jobs and discovers that they all think in the same way - they all started with why.

"Simon Sinek explains the framework needed for businesses to move past knowing what they do to how they do it, and then to ask the more important question-WHY?

Why do we do what we do? Why do we exist? Learning to ask these questions can unlock the secret to inspirational business. Sinek explains what it truly takes to lead and inspire and how anyone can learn how to do it."

6. The Rise of the Naked Economy: How to Benefit from the Changing Workplace by Ryan Coonerty and Jeremy Neuner 

7. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

8. Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug 

9. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

10. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

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