As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, there’s no better way to spend a winter evening than curled up by the fireplace with a good book. Why not take the opportunity to sharpen up your recruiting chops while you’re at it? Get your hot cocoa (or egg nog) ready, because we’ve put together the essential winter reading list for recruiters in 2019.
The Future Workplace Experience: 10 Rules For Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees, by Jeanne Meister and Kevin Mulcahy
Jeanne Meister and Kevin Mulcahy’s The Future Workplace Experience is a must-read for all recruiters eager to stay abreast of the ever changing world of work. From the rise of the gig economy to disruptive technologies ushering in the era of data-driven recruiting, this book provides an actionable framework for meeting today’s toughest business disruptions head-on. Jeanne and Kevin outline ten rules to live by to not only recruit top talent but retain them with an engaging workplace experience.
Why we like it: The ability to predict recruiting trends AND act on them appropriately will set you apart from your competition - this book will show you how to do it.
Google's Head of People Ops, Lazlo Bock, takes readers inside one of the most explosively successful businesses in the world to reveal why Google is consistently rated one of the best places to work in the world, distilling 15 years of intensive worker R & D into delightfully counterintuitive principles that are easy to put into action whether you're a team of one or a team of thousands.
Why we like it: Company culture and talent acquisition go hand-in-hand: No matter how talented or sophisticated your recruiting team, a bad company culture will keep you from attracting the best. Bock reveals actionable ways to improve talent acquisition from within the four walls of our organization.
The Talent Delusion: Why Data, Not Intuition, Is the Key To Unlocking Human Potential, by Tomas Chamarro-Premuzic
Bridging the gap between the psychological science of talent and common real-world talent practices, The Talent Delusion aims to educate HR practitioners and leaders on how to measure, predict and manage talent. It provides readers with data-driven solution to the common problems around employee selection, development and engagement; how to define and evaluate talent; how to detect and inhibit toxic employee behaviours; and how to identify and harness leadership potential.
Why we like it: Recruiting is a science and an art - but if we aren't careful, it's easy to lean to heavily on our intuition and forgo the cold hard facts of data. The Talent Delusion is a reality check, helping us to be more strategic, and data-driven, in order to better attract, retain, and manage talent.
There are simple fixes, organizational designs, and technology that can turn around the success of an organization’s ability to recruit almost overnight. Piece by piece and step by step, with real-world examples and stories about how innovative organizations and top talent acquisition leaders are successfully recruiting today, The Talent Fix presents a proven, practical, and scalable recruiting model for talent acquisition leaders and practitioners and shows how organizations can build and sustain a great talent acquisition function.
Why we like it: Every broken process and bottleneck in recruitment has a corresponding solution. Tim Sackett quickly diagnoses your issues and – whether it's a simple fix, a new technology, or a strategy overhaul – prescribes exactly what you need.
Improving the performance of your employees involves one of the hardest challenges in the known universe: changing the way they think. In constant demand as a coach, speaker, and consultant to companies around the world, David Rock has proven that the secret to leading people (and living and working with them) is found in the space between their ears. "If people are being paid to think," he writes, "isn't it time the business world found out what the thing doing the work, the brain, is all about?" Supported by the latest groundbreaking research, Quiet Leadership provides a brain-based approach that will help busy leaders, executives, and managers improve their own and their colleagues' performance. Rock offers a practical, six-step guide to making permanent workplace performance change by unleashing higher productivity, new levels of morale, and greater job satisfaction.
Why we like it: A good read for managers and practitioners alike, Quiet Leadership gives you an understanding of the psychology of work and motivation - providing actionable insights to help improve work performance within your organization.
While not strictly a recruiting read, there is much to be gleaned from Malcolm Gladwell's Talking To Strangers - a powerful examination of our interactions with people we don't know. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of strangers. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.
Pro tip: Don't overlook the audiobook edition of Talking To Strangers, which was an instant number-one best seller and one of the most pre-ordered audiobooks in history. It seamlessly marries audiobooks and podcasts, creating a completely new and real listening experience.
What’s made it onto your reading list this winter? We’d love to hear your recommendations!