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Best of HR books: January 2023

We delve into new book releases to find out what HR has been reading.


Author: Josh Bersin

Publisher: Ideapress Publishing

Price: £17.15

In Irresistible, HR analyst Josh Bersin distils the seven principles of employee-focused management that he believes make leading organisations so compelling to work for. Principles cover new takes on organisational design, focusing on employee engagement and development, and the importance of a collective mindset, looking at businesses as networks rather than hierarchies.


Don’t Fix Women

Author: Joy Burnford

Publisher: Practical Inspiration Publishing

Price: £14.54

Examining the gender imbalance that permeates through working culture Joy Burnford, founder and CEO of training and coaching provider Encompass Equality, provides recommendations on how to create more balanced and inclusive working environments for women in a system that is weighted against them.


DEI Deconstructed

Author: Lily Zheng

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Price: £22.75

DEI Deconstructed looks at how current methods of achieving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at work can leave certain groups feeling marginalised. Strategist Lily Zheng examines how companies can implement a top-to-bottom reinvention of their workplace to make the environment more comfortable for those within it.


The Brain-Friendly Workplace

Author: Friederike Fabritius

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Price: £19.99

With talent attraction and retention an ongoing problem, neuroscientist Friederike Fabritius shows the value of taking a scientific approach to retention. The Brain-Friendly Workplace offers a simple step-by-step programme showing companies how small changes can lead to better employee performance, increased job satisfaction, and eventually better talent retention. 


It Pays to Play

Author: Kristi Herold

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

Price: £15.58

It’s impossible for workplaces to be 100% serious 100% of the time, and It Pays to Play shows the benefits of bringing joy into work. Kristi Herold shares helpful resources which aid employee morale, development and mental health, benefitting a company’s long-term goals in the process.


Reverse Mentoring 

Author: Patrice Gordon

Publisher: Piatkus

Price: £9.99

Executive coach Patrice Gordon shares her blueprint for senior leaders learning from junior employees. Reverse Mentoring examines topics such as how to navigate awkward dynamics, giving a voice to underrepresented employees, and senior leaders showing a more vulnerable side in order to foster a culture of learning and development.


The full piece of the above appears in the November/December 2022 print issue. Subscribe today to have all our latest articles delivered right to your desk.