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Best of HR books: March 2022

What's HR been reading this month?

Beat Stress at Work

Author: Mark Simmonds

Publisher: Welbeck Publishing Group

Price: £12.99

Beat Stress at Work strikes at the heart of many of our shared anxieties of the past two years. Since 2020, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported a 30% increase in new workplace-related stress cases, affecting an estimated 451,000 people nationwide. In this book, Simmonds provides tools and advice to help alleviate this pressure, touching on issues of mental resilience.


Humans at Work

Authors: Anna Tavis and Stela Lupushor

Publisher: Kogan Page

Price: £24.99

Scheduled for publication in March 2022, Tavis and Lupushor aim to give businesses guidance on the art and practice on creating a hybrid workforce. It looks at four aspects of the ‘new normal’: the digitisation of work, distributed workplaces, organisational redesign and changing workforce, giving case studies from start-ups and established companies.


How to Talk to Your Boss about Race

Author: Y-Vonne Hutchinson

Publisher: Portfolio Penguin

Price: £17.21

From D&I strategist Y-Vonne Hutchinson, How to Talk to Your Boss about Race is written as a toolkit for helping employees encourage anti-racist action from leadership. Described as a “crucial handbook to moving beyond fear,” Hutchinson advocates that anyone, no matter their level in an organisation, or what power they have, can create change.



Authors: Ryan Jenkins and Steven Van Cohen

Publisher: McGraw Hill

Price: £21.99

Is hybrid working making us lonelier? Steven Van Cohen and Ryan Jenkins tackle the issue of worker isolation in Connectable, revealing their method for identifying loneliness, how inclusion affects it, and steps that can be taken to increase belonging, engagement, and performance. The authors have included a practical four-step framework that readers can adopt to help others and themselves.


Deep Purpose

Author: Ranjay Gulati

Publisher: Penguin Business

Price: £20

Harvard Business School professor Ranjay Gulati argues that purpose is now a business ‘must-have’ rather than a ‘nice-to-have’. Too often businesses conflate it with mission, vision or values. Learning from successful, purpose-oriented businesses such as Etsy, Lego and Microsoft, Gulati reveals the fatal mistakes leaders make when attempting to instil purpose, and explains how to embed it at a much deeper level.


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