The Essential HR Handbook

  • by Sharon Armstrong, Barbara Mitchell
  • Narrated by Sheila Book
  • 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Whether you are a newly promoted manager, a seasoned business owner, or a human resources professional, knowing the ins and outs of dealing with HR issues is critical to your success.
The Essential HR Handbook is a quick reference guide that sheds light on the issues that keep managers up at night. It is filled with information, tools, tips, checklists, and road maps to guide managers and HR professionals through the maze of people and legal issues, from recruiting and retaining the best employees to terminating poor performers.
With this book, you'll learn how to effectively and efficiently:

Individually manage each employee, starting on his or her first day.
Manage a multi-generational workforce.
Appraise job performance.
Coach and counsel.
Provide equitable pay, benefits, and total rewards strategies.
Identify legal pitfalls and stay out of court.

The Essential HR Handbook is the one HR guide every manager needs on his or her desk!


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Would you listen to The Essential HR Handbook again? Why?

I would listen to it several times, as it includes very useful tips and advice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Recruitment questions were very deep and important

Have you listened to any of Sheila Book’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Shelia has done wonderful job

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

first chapters are very informative

Any additional comments?

Looking for more books from the authors

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- Sobhi Akbik

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What would have made The Essential HR Handbook better?

Just be in paper. There are a lot of checklists, repetition and boring. This is a lot of common sense and if you do not already know a lot of this then you should not be in HR or a Manager.

Laws are specific to the jurisdiction you are operating your business in, therefore it is good practice to consult legal counsel do not go by what a general book says.

What do you think your next listen will be?

A leadership book

Would you be willing to try another one of Sheila Book’s performances?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Essential HR Handbook?

A lot of the checklists and I would have made them available as reference material.

Any additional comments?

Common sense. Respect your employees, pay well and have open communication. Do not promote or create a work environment of two faced or stab in the back. Be consistent.

To attract and retain top talent, pay enough to live decently in the area your business is in.

I think managers are better off focusing on being good managers and have the print version on hand but focus on self development.

And above all, do not have the work environment threatening they employees will constantly get the ax. That is not going to make your employees feel good rather it will promote anxiety and resentment and you will have a high turnover.

Respect your employees and have healthy work boundaries and I also recommend Miss Manners Minds Your Business. That book has a lot of helpful information for businesses.

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- Lily LaRose "Lily"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-02-2013
  • Publisher: Career Press Inc.