It's about the stuff you learn when you've worked for a boss you'd swear jumped out of a Dilbert cartoon; worked in a business whose performance careened up and down like a runaway clown car; faced legal or ethical problems that needed the wisdom of Solomon to sort out while they roiled your guts at night; and sat on the stand across from some third-rate Perry Mason or tried to be one yourself. It's about what you learn when you've knocked yourself out to put measurable six-figure savings back on the company's bottom line; or when an employee pleads for her job with tears in her eyes as she lies through her teeth to your face; or when you've faced down an employee who was spoiling for any chance he could get to sue your organization crippled; or maybe when you've dealt with the employee who told his supervisor he's going to shoot himself.
Like most everyone else, whenever I've cleaned up some HR mess - or made one of my own - I would learn something that I tucked in my back pocket, to pull out as needed when something similar popped up. Some people call this their bag of tricks, or wisdom. I've always thought of it as my little black book.
©2015 Barry Wolfe (P)2015 The Expressive Press
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"A great Book"
This 'little' book is big on insight into the real workings of the HR function as told by an accomplished executive. Business students, beginning HR professionals, and seasoned managers will benefit from reading it and absorbing its wisdom.
"Worth the read."
I was looking for a book to give me insight into employee management and HR duties as a small business owner. The most helpful part was the chapter regarding evaluation reports, but it was all good information to know and consider.
"Amazing book for an overview of HR!!!!!"
Amazing book for an overview of HR. He also provides books to look up. He's also very blunt so if you can handle the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, don't buy it.
This is a good introduction to HR. helps you to see what yiu need to improve on.
"Wish it was longer"
Useful content, but it was short. I would have liked if there was more information offered.
"nice book and great reader."
The book is well organized and useful practices. the reader look like to tell the story. i love it.
"The HR Book that makes the most sense."
This little book is applicable and useful. It has within the best real outlook on the reality of this world and what it takes.
"Will listen to over and over again!"
I would highly recommend this book to college students going into the hr field, new graduates, or any one starting out in an hr role.
Though I highly disagree about the portion about winning a UC with a tribunal or for performance issues, most of the book is filled with gold nuggets of wisdom!
"A non-HR person's opinion"
Picked up the book because I was interested in a entry level HR position at my job. I have no prior experience in anything HR related and expected to have to push through this book. It was actually very entertaining, and even though it didn't cover everything specific to my unique needs (obviously not management) it was such a great book. It gave really great HR fundamental advice even for someone not going into HR Management. I found myself looking forward to the next time I'd be able to hear some more.
"realistic view if HR best practices"
I fully enjoyed this book and at time found myself laughing in agreement to the situation that happen in HR on a daily basis. The use of personal experience was great and i learn a lot and will probably read again and again. I will be remembering this to all my HR fiends.
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