Summer is a great time to catch up on some reading. Why not spend your time reading something inspirational that will help you shape a productive and positive work environment? We compiled a list of books that we believe every modern HR professional should read.

The one about trusting your employees

Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock: Laszlo Bock, Google’s Head of People Operations, shares how Google’s philosophy of attracting great talent ensures its success.

What can you learn from this book: How to trust your employees, how to design your recruiting and feedback processes, and how to structure remuneration and benefits.

The one about the future of HR

The 2020 Workplace by Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd: Although the book dates back to 2010, it will help you understand how the work environment has changed and how much more change is still to come.

What can you learn from this book: Adaptiveness is key. The authors also share examples of how companies used innovative ideas to stay ahead of technological changes.

The one about employee development

The Alliance by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh: If you follow the reading order of this list, you have learnt how Google organizes its people and what to expect in the future work environment. The authors of the Alliance explain how to create an adaptive employer-employee relationship that can flourish in an environment of continuous change.

What can you learn from this book: How to treat your employees like your allies in a win-win scenario of mutual investment and benefit. How exactly? Well, read to find out!

The one about employee motivation

Drive by Daniel Pink: You’re also probably thinking: “How do I motivate my employees to engage in all this?” You’d be surprised - it’s not money. Pink presents the results from four decades of research on what motivates us.

What can you learn from this book: We all need autonomy, mastery and purpose. You can really change your company by following Pink’s rules.

The one about company culture

Corporate Brand Personality by Lesley Everett: This book is for companies of all sizes that want to focus on trust, respect and authenticity.

What can you learn from this book: How companies deliver a genuine customer experience by having all employees living and breathing the company culture.

At Honeypot we read one book per month as a team. Let us know your feedback and maybe your suggestion will end up on our book club list!

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Ewe Grajko

Ewe Grajko

Ewelina is an Account Manager at Honeypot. She is from Poland and before moving to Berlin, she lived in Copenhagen. She loves Scandinavian languages, tries to read a book a month and is addicted to Friends.