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The Essential HR Handbook, 10th Anniversary Edition
A Quick and Handy Resource for Any Manager or HR Professional
Sharon Armstrong, and Barbara Mitchell
ISBN: 9781632651396
Book (Paperback)
Career Press
5 1/4 x 8 1/4
256 pages
January 1, 2019


"Since its publication in 2008, I have bookmarked or stuck post-it notes on the pages of The Essential HR Handbook I refer to most often. At this point, I might just as well have tagged every page! In my role as the singular HR person for multiple organizations over the last twenty years, I have found that a reliable and easy to use HR resource is an extremely valuable tool. The Essential HR Handbook covers the gamut of topics and issues that HR professionals face. The book covers HR issues from start to finish in a logical and easy to use format. This book is a 'must have' for all HR professionals, especially those who run a department of one." —Helen Elmore, SHRM-SCP, Director of Finance and Administration

"Your book is as timely today as when you wrote it 10 years ago. HR practitioners need it more than ever." —Rina Pennacchia, VP, HR, National Council on Aging

“An invaluable resource! This edition of The Essential HR Handbook, with the most current information about recruitment and selection, technology, performance management, and much more, is a must-have, handy reference for anyone who deals with human resource issues.” —Cornelia Gamlem, coauthor, The Big Book of HR, The Essential Workplace Conflict Handbook, The Conflict Resolution Phrase Book, and The Manager's Answer Book

“Sharon and Barbara have done it again! This new edition of The Essential HR Handbook has been completely updated to reflect the latest trends and realities in the workplace - from telework to employee wellness programs to how to use social media as part of your recruitment process. As with the first edition, this manual is filled with useful information and resources. It should be in your bookcase. I guarantee you will find it useful.” —Nancy Kelly, MHS, Executive Director, Health Volunteers Overseas

"The Essential HR Handbook should be a required book in every office. From those thrust into HR duties, to the manager who needs an occasional reference volume, this multipurpose handbook will guide the way. This second edition is a testament to the continued need for such a comprehensive resource to navigating the HR field.” —Christina Lambert, SHRM-CP, Manager of Human Resources and Administration, American Land Title Association

Since 2008, busy managers by the tens of thousands have turned to this best-selling book as a handy guide to the ins and outs of human resources. And no wonder! Because whether you’re a small business owner, a manager in a business without an HR department, or even a seasoned HR professional, The Essential HR Handbook will help you handle any personnel problem—from onboarding to outplacement—quickly and easily. This fully updated 10th anniversary edition is packed with information, tools, checklists, sample forms, and timely tips to guide you through the maze of personnel issues in today’s complex business environment.

In it you’ll find out how to:

  • Attract talented staff through social media recruiting
  • Identify legal pitfalls to avoid lawsuits and regulatory interference
  • Train a diverse and inclusive multigenerational workforce
  • Provide the compensation and benefits package that will make your organization an “employer of choice”
  • Streamline your orientation and onboarding practices so new employees hit the ground running

Whenever personnel problems arise, having The Essential HR Handbook on your bookshelf is like having a team of expert HR consultants at your beck and call!

Sharon Armstrong began her career in human resources in 1985 and held a number of progressively responsible in-house HR roles prior to starting her own consulting business in 1998. She now runs the Trainers & Consultants Network, brokering HR professionals. She is the author of The Essential Performance Review Handbook.
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Barbara Mitchell is an author, speaker, and management consultant. She is the coauthor of The Big Book of HR, The Essential Workplace Conflict Handbook, and The Conflict Resolution Phrase Book. After a long career with Marriott International, she is now managing partner of the Mitchell Group and works with a variety of clients to help them attract, develop, engage, and retain the best talent.
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