How are your reading goals for 2018? Are you on target? Do you feel good about how you’re spending your downtime? How are your professional goals coming along? Are you ready to read a couple of HR books?
That’s a lot of questions.
Welcome to September’s #HRBookClub of the month, a place where HR leaders come together and read a book or two. This month, we have two selections. One of them is controversial, the other is long overdue.
Book #1: ‘Bullshit Jobs’
The first book is “Bullshit Jobs: A Theory” by David Graeber. I know you hate the name, but this is the best HR book I’ve read in 2018. You have to trust me on this one.
If you’ve taken the SHRM-SCP test or any of the HRCI certification exams, you know that the future of work is changing. We’re in the fourth industrial revolution, and human resources professionals are leading the charge. But what if the jobs we have today — office workers, lawyers, and even HR professionals — are garbage jobs without purpose or meaning?
“Bullshit Jobs” aims to define the jobs that are pointless and tells us why they suck. But, beyond the negative aspects the book, the author help readers focus on a new goal at work: helping align people with their talents, regardless of salary.
Book #2: ‘The Talent Fix’
Book number two is “The Talent Fix: A Leader’s Guide to Recruiting Great Talent” by Tim Sackett. This book is from SHRM Press, and it’s a blueprint for how to make recruiting great again.
Why are you hiring consultants to fix your talent acquisition programs and strategies? This book is a guide for business leaders and HR professionals to do the work themselves and save money. Hire faster, hire smarter, and see better results with this book.
I read the book, and it’s easy to digest. “The Talent Fix” reminded me of how far HR professionals have strayed from the idea of hiring the best person for the job and treating them well. Instead, we have dumb processes and blame other people when we can’t fill jobs. It’s not that hard to fix recruiting and make it easier on the HR process. This book will show you how to do it.
Join Us for the September #HRBookClub
So, there you have it. Two great books from two people who are passionate about fixing the world of HR. Hop on over to our Facebook group and let us know what you think. We’ll be discussing our book club picks all month on Facebook, so make sure you join us there.
Also, start brainstorming for October books. We have National Hispanic Heritage Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Lots of things to read, many choices, and I’ll announce our October selections at the end of the month.