Welcome to the wonderful world of Human Resources! There are so many topics you can dive into, from talent acquisition and employee onboarding, to benefits administration and compliance. Luckily, there is no shortage of HR resources available to guide you.

Everyone learns differently, so pick the mediums that work best for you. Podcasts are great to listen to on the way to the office, or while you’re out for a walk. Blog posts can give you quick insights, while webinars can be worthwhile if you have some more time to spare. Or, if you’d rather get offline, pick up a book and head somewhere comfortable to read.

The best HR resources include:

Industry websites

Industry websites are a great resource when you’re beginning your career in HR. Some of the most popular are:

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM): SHRM is one of the most well-known HR resources out there, and for good reason. They share thought leadership and news about HR, host events and conferences, and run a community of HR professionals who can learn from one another. They even have a certification program you can work toward.
  • HR Dive: HR Dive shares news and trends around topics including talent acquisition, employee development, diversity and inclusion, compensation, benefits, and onboarding.
  • Human Capital Institute (HCI): HCI offers training, a blog, a podcast, research, and tools for HR professionals.
  • TLNT: TLNT offers thought leadership on talent management and HR topics. It is part of the ERE Media family, offering additional resources around HR and recruiting. 

Business websites, like HuffPost and Inc, also cover relevant HR topics, as does Sapling’s blog.

Social media

In addition to using social media to follow industry websites, HR tech partners, and thought leaders, you might want to try:

  • Facebook groups: There are Facebook groups for nearly every topic, including HR Open Source - #HROS, Talent Brand Alliance, and Diversity: HR & Recruiting Best Practices.
  • LinkedIn groups: Similarly, there are LinkedIn groups for nearly every topic. Look for groups that correlate to your experience level, company location, and areas of interest. 
  • Twitter hashtags: Follow and engage with relevant hashtags, including #HR, #HRtech, #EmployeeEngagement, and #FutureOfWork.

Podcasts

Podcasts are becoming increasingly popular, as you can listen to them almost anywhere. Be sure to check out:

  • Chad and Cheese: Chad and Cheese is “HR’s most dangerous podcast.” Industry analysts Chad Sowash and Joel Cheesman cover everything from company culture, talent acquisition, and HR tech news.
  • HR Famous: HR Famous is run by industry thought leaders Tim Sackett, Jessica Lee, and Kris Dunn dishing about “ the real-life craziness HR pros deal with every day.”
  • Let’s Fix Work: Laurie Ruettimann runs the Let’s Fix Work podcast, where she chats with leaders, celebrities, politicians and human resources experts about the workplace. 

Events

HR events are a great way to immerse yourself in some visual learning, and virtual events are really taking off during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can choose to take 30-60 minutes for a webinar, or spend the day immersing yourself in learning at a virtual conference. Some resources to check out include:

  • HR Tech: HR Tech is going virtual this year, taking place October 27-30. Keynotes include How HR (and Technology) Can Address Workplace Health and Safety — Without Knowing All the Answers and Culture Matters: How to Interrupt Systemic Discrimination From the Top Down and Bottom Up. Registration is free. 
  • Resources for Humans Virtual Conference: Lattice is hosting a virtual summit, Resources for Humans Virtual Conference, People Strategy in the New World of Work. Speakers include HR leaders, alongside comedian Trevor Noah. This event takes place on September 16 and there’s no cost to attend. 
  • Empower Virtual Leadership Conference: 15Five is putting on a three-day virtual conference dedicated to helping business leaders uplevel their skills and create world-class workplaces. Empower Virtual Leadership Conference is free to attend, and takes place September 8-10.

Also be sure to check out Sapling’s webinars on People Operations.

Training courses

Take your self-guided learning a little deeper with HR training courses, including those from:

  • Josh Bersin Academy: Josh Bersin Academy leads online programs in small groups, so HR professionals can collaborate and learn from one another. Programs include The Strategic HR Business Partner and The Remote Work Bootcamp.
  • LinkedIn Learning: LinkedIn Learning offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced HR courses that take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours to complete. They also offer a free 30-day trial.
  • Udemy: Udemy also offers specific courses for varying levels of experience, including Learn HR Fundamentals for a Career in Human Resources and HR Analytics & People Analytics 101 - Beginner

Books

Finally, check out some books for longer-form content, or to get offline. Some options to consider are:

  • Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead: Google’s SVP of People Operations, Laszlo Bock, shares his blueprint for attracting and supporting great talent.
  • The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups: Daniel Coyle shares data, insights, and actionable ideas for building and sustaining a great team.
  • HR on Purpose: Developing Deliberate People Passion: Steve Browne encourages practitioners to drop the preconceptions of what HR should be, and shares his real-life examples, insights, and epiphanies around what HR could be. 

Final thoughts on HR Resources

The world of HR can change quickly. We went from a high competition, candidate-driven market to a high unemployment, employer-driven market almost overnight when COVID-19 hit. New federal, state, and local laws impacting employers are frequently introduced. And evolving industry best practices and trends can help you optimize your People programs to attract, engage, and retain the right people. It’s helpful to continue learning from these resources throughout your career so you can continue to grow professionally.


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