HR Insights

A Dozen Great Books You Need in Your HR Management Library


Recently, I received an email from the Sudan asking me for my recommendations on Top 3 books in HR.

I thought this was too good of an opportunity to pass up and open up to you, my readers, for a bit of crowdsourcing as well.

Below are some of favorite books in four categories. I’m lucky in that we have a bit of an informal book club at Globoforce where we share around books, which ultimately end up in our Globoforce library. These have crossed my desk sometime in the last few years, and I’ve found them quite valuable. What others would you recommend?


Company Culture

Recognition and Rewards

Employee Engagement

I’ve reviewed or written about most of these on Recognize This! over the years. A quick search in the blog will take you to my perspective on them.

What books would you recommend?

You can find more from Derek Irvine on his Recognize This! blog.

The VP of Client Strategy and Consulting at Globoforce (, Derek Irvine is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their organizations. As a renowned speaker and co-author of Winning with a Culture of Recognition, he teaches companies how to use recognition to proactively manage company culture. Contact him at
  • Cassie LP

    I would recommend two books by the same author on performance (though with very different slants):

    “Better” and “The Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande

    Fascinating reading.