HR Book Club
SilkRoad is focused on providing powerful HR software to help drive strong, efficient HR departments. In addition to software, continued education assists human resource professionals in using HR best practices and software systems. Download HR books at SilkRoad’s Book Club for HR professionals—sample free chapters from books covering popular human resources topics and best practices below:
Coaching Conversations That Turn Every Employee Into a Star Player
Say the phrase "performance review" to anyone in HR, any manager, or any employee and you'll probably be met with more than a few eye rolls. But it doesn't have to be this way! SilkRoad’s October book club selection, Fearless Performance Reviews, offers a new approach to take the grumbling out of the annual review. The result—a truly positive performance partnership that makes the grumbling go away. Download your complimentary chapter today.
A New Way of Doing Business
While there is still debate on whether it is better to be in a brick-and-mortar office, there is no doubting that the virtual workforce, or those working remotely, is here to stay. Technology advances and the growing influence of Millennials in the workforce, managers are tasked with adapting their strategies to keep remote employees engaged and productive. That is the basis of Kevin Sheridan's book The Virtual Manager, and the subject of this month's chapter. Read this chapter and learn, "what is a virtual worker?" and "when is a virtual staff the best option?".
Prologue: Attract, Retain, Repel
In The Cultural Fit Factor, Liz Pellet outlines the importance of understanding an organization's culture. In the prologue, featured here as this month's book club, Pellet outlines three principles of how company culture can impact an organization, particularly when it comes to their employees. Those three principles of Attract, Retain, and Repel the right employees in the context of culture are given an in-depth look that will help any organization understand and improve the ROI of their recruitment and retention efforts.
Chapter 4: How Acknowledging People Produces Great Results At Work
In this month's book club selection, Umlas explains the extraordinary effect the simple act of acknowledgement can have not only on those being acknowledged, but the person doing the acknowledging. It is a beautiful idea that Umlas relates through a series of well told anecdotes. Download Chapter 4 of the Power of Acknowledgement, and learn the impact acknowledgement can have on the workplace.
Chapter 2: What inspires people? Passion
How Great leaders Use Passion, Purpose, and Principles to Unlock Incredible Growth, is this month’s book club and the title pretty much explains it all! Download chapter 2 of Jeremy Kingsley’s best selling book and discover how injecting passion into the workplace can transform an organization and inspire employees.
Chapter 2: Engagement Is A Two-Way Street: Eight Steps for Creating An Environment of Shared Engagement
In this month's book club chapter, Engagement Is A Two-Way Street: Eight Steps for Creating An Environment of Shared Engagement, Kevin Sheridan walks readers through eight methods employers can use to build a culture that puts engagement in the hands of employees.
Chapter 33: Using Onboarding as A Talent Management Tool
In this insightful and engaging chapter, David Lee, Principal at HumanNature@Work, takes a strong look at the requirements and benefits of successful onboarding while also taking a look at the consequences of a negative onboarding experience. Lee points out that the stakes are high and organizations can't afford the high price of employee turnover and the lowered productivity of disengaged workers.
Chapter 14: All Aboard! Onboarding Techniques to Foster Engagment
SilkRoad is proud to announce the newest work from our friend and trusted adviser, Bob Kelleher, Employee Engagement for Dummies. Bob is an award winning author, thought leader, keynote speaker and AEC industry expert and consultant, and travels the globe sharing his insights on employee engagement, leadership, and workforce trends.
Chapter 1: Next Generation HR
Can HR Deliver value to "the business"? Of course it can, and it must. HR departments have to start operating as a part of the business, instead of solely in support of it. This outside in approach will change the way HR functions as a whole. This book is filled with tips for guiding and empowering HR professionals — and entire departments — so that HR might bring benefits of a different kind to everyone in the organization.
Chapter 3: Leadership Development and the ROI Methodology
Leadership development is one of the driving forces behind strong organizational performance. However, when executives look to run their organizations leaner, they view it as a luxury. Now, Measuring Leadership Development gives talent managers a full toolkit for presenting their leadership development programs in terms of identifiable business benefits, including—for the first time—an accurate bottom line for return on investment in the program.
Chapter 4: The Labels We Secretly Assign You
Senior Recruiter and author, Alysse Metzler, guides candidates through the inner-workings of the recruiting and interview process. In The Recruiting Snitch, Alysse shares the opinions of 101 recruiters across the United States and gives job seekers tips and tricks to land their dream job. Learn what others in the industry are saying and determine whether your corporate and personal recruiting processes are helping or hurting candidates. While intended for job seekers, this inside look at recruiting is enlightening for those inside and outside the industry. SilkRoad is pleased to offer a complimentary copy of Chapter 4, The Labels We Secretly Assign You. Download yours today!
Chapter 13: Future of Global HR: What's Next?
In Global HR Competencies, HR thought leader and author, Dave Ulrich, takes a deep dive into best practices of leading-edge HR practitioners around the world. SilkRoad is offering a complimentary copy of Chapter 13, "Future of Global HR: What's Next?" Download your complimentary chapter today!
Chapter 1: Discover Your Brown Shorts
Author Mark Murphy challenges a popular misconception that most people fail at their jobs due to a lack of skills. After evaluating over 20,000 new hires over a 3 year period, Mark discovered that over the first 18 months, 46% of those new hires failed (got fired, received poor performance reviews, etc.) and what's even more shocking is that only 11% of those failed due to a lack of skills. In his book, Hiring for Attitude, Mark dives into why hiring for attitude, not skills, is what recruiters and companies should be focusing on. SilkRoad is pleased to offer a complimentary copy of Chapter 1, Discover Your Brown Shorts. Download today!
Chapter 1: Sustainable Growth for Employees, Organizations, and the Local Economy
The Career Lattice, by Joanne Cleaver, gives practical advice and insight on how to "combat brain drain, improve company, culture, and attract top talent." This book discusses strategies and tactics that successful employees and HR managers are using to navigate their jobs into fulfilling and stable careers despite economic uncertainty. SilkRoad is happy to offer a peek into this book with a complimentary copy of Chapter 1, Sustainable Growth for Employees, Organizations, and the Local Economy. Download yours today!
Chapter 5: Rewriting the Rules of Management
Millenials are shaking up the workplace! Many of them are entering management roles now and they're communicating differently, tearing down the corporate ladder, and bringing a fresh approach to work. Manager 3.0 by Brad Karsh and Courtney Templin is geared toward millennial managers but everyone can benefit from the insight the authors provide, especially HR, as we navigate how to make our organizations most effective with this generation. Download a complimentary chapter of Manager 3.0 to get a snapshot of how this unique generation is rewriting the rules of management.
Chapter 4: Linking Motivation to Performance
Most organizations realize that they can't completely control or change certain factors that affect employee performance, engagement, and enthusiasm for their jobs. Many things are out of the company (and manager's) control but it's critical to understand that there's a solid link between performance and motivation. Management needs to have solid techniques for linking these two and Chapter 4 of A Manager's Guide to Motivating Employees provides just that. Download your free copy today.
CHAPTER 2: Stone's Measurement and ROI Process: A View from Above
Take your training ROI to a new level of credibility! With The Real Value of Training, you have everything you need to verify that your training solution is directly aligned with business strategy and to determine and communicate its ultimate value to the organization.
Chapter 5: Team Playing: There's no "I" in Team (or Culture)
Likeable Business by Dave Kerpen covers 11 strategies that organizations of all sizes, in all industries, must take to spur growth, profits, and overall business success. You'll learn the return on investment of principles that you probably don't think about every day like listening, responsiveness, and adaptability. Download a complimentary copy of Chapter 5, "Team Playing: There's No "I" in Team (Or Culture)" and get a sneak peek at key strategies for taking your business to the next level.
Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior ResultsChapter 3: Bringing Acknowledgment - and its Benefits - to Your Workplace
Chapter 4: The 5 Cs: The Acknowledgment Practice That Works Miracles
When employees are engaged, they are passionate and feel a deeper connection to their work. Grateful Leadership is an essential approach for leaders who want to achieve the bottom line and foster a value driven workforce to build stronger professional relationships with customers, stakeholders, and employees. It is our great pleasure to share with you a FREE copy of chapters 3, "Bringing Acknowledgment - and its Benefits - to Your Workplace" and chapter 4, "The 5 Cs: The Acknowledgment Practice That Works Miracles". We hope you find as much value in Judy's principles as we have!
Chapter 1: Your Decisions Reveal Who You Are and What You Value
Beloved companies—where people love how they feel as a customer or employee—create a powerful bond. This is the topic of Jeanne Bliss' book I Love You More Than My Dog which covers five decisions that drive extreme customer (and employee!) loyalty. Download your complimentary copy of Chapter One, "Your Decisions Reveal Who You Are and What You Value" today and learn how to make company-love as deep as pet-love!
Chapter 1: Purpose
Creativeship by Bob Kelleher is a uniquely written story that presents a roadmap that all businesses must follow in order to thrive. According to Kelleher, "leadership has necessarily morphed into Creativeship – the need to build sustainable businesses and cultures." Presented from the perspective of Joe, a fictitious character, Creativeship illustrates real experiences, lessons and recommendations for companies of all sizes and industries. SilkRoad is happy to offer a FREE copy of Chapter one, Purpose which sets the stage Joe's journey!
Chapter 9: Achieve Long-Term Retention - Combat Wandering Eyes by Motivating People to Stick Around
“Success for Hire: Simple Strategies to Find and Keep Outstanding Employees,” outlines proven strategies for employee retention that result in numerous gains for your business. The benefits of high retention are not only seen at the organizational level, but at an employee level as well. With a focus on retention, talent replacement costs will drop drastically, while employee morale, engagement, and productivity will rise. SilkRoad is pleased to offer a FREE copy of chapter 9, "Achieve Long-Term Retention: Combat Wandering Eyes by Motivating People to Stick Around," which outlines specific strategies to get you on your way to happy employees that stick around for the long haul.
The Collaborative Organization: A Strategic Guide to Solving Your Internal Business Challenges Using Emerging Social & Collaborative ToolsChapter 5: Control the Center (What Is It and What Pieces Do You Need?)
The Collaborative Organization, by Jacob Morgan, will show you just how to embrace social and collaborative technologies and strategies to transform your organization. Learn to solve business problems, unearth new opportunities, and drive innovation with a solid framework for using social and collaborative software in your company. When you put these strategies and technologies into place you'll learn how to get all employees on board and ignite engagement and innovation with collaboration & content
SilkRoad is pleased to offer a FREE copy of chapter five, "Control the Center (What Is It and What Pieces Do You Need?)," which shows who in the organization and what pieces need to be in place to roll out a successful and dynamic collaboration strategy.
Chapter 1: Transforming An Impossible Situation
The Three Laws of Performance will show you how companies, both large and small, in different countries and industries, are achieving breakthrough performance both at individual and corporate levels. When you apply The Three Laws of Performance, you can learn to rewrite your and the organization's future, elevating employee performance and employee performance management to unprecedented levels.
SilkRoad is pleased to offer a FREE copy of chapter one, "Transforming an Impossible Solution," which demonstrates how performance and how a situation occurs are always perfectly matched. By becoming aware of this and crafting the way you and your employees respond to one another, you can realize immense positive culture and performance changes.
Chapter 1: The Business Case for Onboarding by: Mark Stein & Lilith Christiansen
Successful Onboarding: Strategies to Unlock Hidden Value Within Your Organization, enables you to build a business case for onboarding that will result in numerous gains for your business. Benefits from possessing a strategic onboarding program are not only seen at the organizational level, but at an employee level as well. With a structured onboarding management program, employees will be more fulfilled, which will increase engagement, retention and productivity.
SilkRoad is pleased to offer a FREE copy of chapter one, "The Business Case for Onboarding," which builds a quantitative business case for the way organizations bring new hires into the fold.
Employee Engagement: A Roadmap for Creating Profits, Optimizing Performance, and Increasing Loyalty by Brad FedermanChapter 1: The Case for Employee Engagement: Connections Versus Transactions
Employee Engagement outlines a comprehensive framework, language, and process that connect your company’s business strategy with its people strategy. Written by Brad Federman—a leading expert in the field of performance improvement—this research-based book clearly shows how top-level executives and HR management professionals can work together to enhance employee performance & employee performance management and ultimately help their organization reach its goals.
SilkRoad is pleased to offer a FREE copy of chapter one, "The Case for Employee Engagement: Connections Versus Transactions," which pinpoints areas where your company may need to improve upon its engagement efforts.
Michael Moskowitz - A Practical Guide to Training and Development: Assess, Design, Deliver, and EvaluateChapter 1: In the Beginning
In A Practical Guide to Training and Development, author Michael Moskowitz provides a solid foundation of the entire training process through a comprehensive look at effective processes and best practices.
Enjoy your free chapter from Michael's book, “In the Beginning," where you’ll be introduced to the foundation of training and development and gain valuable insight on how to evaluate your company’s current efforts, things you can do to improve your training processes & employee learning management, and guidelines for creating an effective training and development environment to maximize employee performance!
Download your free chapter today!
Chapter 2: What Is Performance Management?
In his book, Best Practices in Planning and Performance Management David A. J. Axson provides a complete framework for building best practice management processes. Fully updated to reflect the events of the global economic crisis, this book takes a serious look at the way companies plan and manage performance-from the role of accounting to the skills needed to be an effective manager-including new technologies, techniques and real time management processes.
Enjoy your free chapter from David’s book, "What is Performance Management," which takes an in-depth look at the elements of employee performance management and how you can better suit your practices to accommodate our ever-changing business environment.
Chapter 9: Do What It Takes to Make Your New Employee Ready, Eager, and Able to Do Real Work on Day One
Authors George B. Bradt and Mary Vonnegut understand the difficulty of getting new employees up to speed quickly. Failure can lead to unfulfilled needs, unhappy recruits, and, ultimately, the failure to meet vital business goals. In this free chapter, the authors cover the logistics needed to make your new employees productive from the start in addition to helpful time-savers, such as using an online onboarding management portal to automate administrative paperwork. This dynamic chapter is full of helpful, real-life examples, graphs and notes. Download today to take away key steps to accommodate a successful new hire onboarding process in two parts: through their work needs and their personal needs. Its easier than you might think!
Chapter 11: Leading, Managing, and Following
Please enjoy this complimentary chapter of Edward E. Lawler III and Christopher G. Worley's book "Management Reset." Management experts Edward E. Lawler and Christopher G. Worley have developed a set of management principles that enable organizations to be both successful and responsible. In Management Reset the authors state that existing command & control and high-involvement management styles depend too much on stable conditions and focus too narrowly on economic outcomes. The chapter also suggests innovative ways to improve employee performance management within an organization.
Chapter 2 - Essential #2: Commit
Please enjoy this complimentary chapter of Libby Sartain and Mark Schumann's book "Brand From the Inside." In Brand from the Inside authors Libby Sartain and Mark Schumann bring years of experience and success to this game-changing guide to effectively branding your company, starting with your company's employees.The chapter also illustrates how branding from the inside can have a positive impact on recruiting and employee engagement.
Chapter 4: Rewarding the Things That Matter
Please enjoy this complimentary chapter of Sherri's book "Ties to Tattoos." Her book offers innovative ways to recruit, reward, manage, motivate, train, and retain, all within a generationally diverse workplace. Sherri also suggests that adding an effective reward and incentive program can drastically improve employee performance.
Chapter 4: Managing Talent
Please enjoy this complimentary chapter of Edward E. Lawler's book, "Talent: Making People Your Competitive Advantage." We hope his valuable insight into the importance of a strong organizational focus on talent management and employee engagement resonates with you and provides you with the tools you need to start effectively attracting, retaining and managing your company's talent.
Chapter 8: Next Steps for Companies and The "Glass House Generation"
We are pleased to offer you a complimentary chapter of Socialnomics, where Erik Qualman elaborates on his ideas and shows how companies can take action and capitalize on social media while adapting to an ever-changing environment, and how that environment is shaping and improving job searching and recruiting practices. In the section of the chapter titled "You Don't Find A Job, It Finds You" Erik reveals the importance of social recruiting and how utilizing social media and social recruiting software in your talent acquisition efforts will continue to become a major driving force behind recruitment strategies.
Chapter 9: Recruiting in Cyberspace
In a world where our business environment is constantly evolving, SilkRoad understands the impact it has on your business and the importance of keeping up with those changes. We are pleased to offer you a complimentary chapter of Ron Alsop's book The Trophy Kids Grow Up, where Ron describes how many of these changes, such as social recruiting practices have influenced the approach that companies must take towards recruiting a new generation of professionals.
Chapter 4: Communication - The Cornerstone of an Engaged Culture
SilkRoad technology has partnered with award winning speaker and thought leader Bob Kelleher, CEO of The Employee Engagement Group, to bring you a complimentary chapter of his newly released book, Louder than Words — 10 Practical Employee Engagement Steps That Drive Results, outlining ten practical steps to help companies maximize employee engagement. In this complimentary chapter you'll learn key strategies to improve communication, at all levels, the foundation for employee engagement.