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Human Resources: A Practical Guide

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Language:  English
Full of pragmatic advice and straightforward recommendations derived from their own careers, this book is a guide to doing good people stuff.
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This ebook provides a practical look at Human Resources, written by two experienced HR generalists and bloggers. Drawing on their own careers, it is full of pragmatic advice and straightforward recommendations about how to implement effective Human Resources, and doing good people stuff.

The book includes a look at what makes great Human Resources and great Human Resources professionals, the unique challenges of the HR profession and how to overcome them, through to simple advice on how to create people plans and business cases.

Covering every aspect of the employee lifecycle, along with topics such as social media, employee experience and employee data along with a handy jargon buster, this book is a practical guide to putting into practice straightforward and valued added Human Resources activity.

  1. The elephant in the room
  2. Great Human Resources
  3. Putting the people plan together
  4. Employee Engagement
  5. Employee Experience
  6. Data – big and small
  7. Recruitment
  8. Induction
  9. People Policies
  10. Employee Engagement. To survey or not to survey?
  11. Performance Reviews
  12. Family Stuff
  13. Caring and Carers
  14. Absence Management
  15. Reward
  16. Recognition
  17. Learning and Development
  18. Wellbeing
  19. The difficult stuff
  20. Redundancy
  21. Grievance
  22. Discipline
  23. Leadership Development
  24. Exit
  25. Non Value Adding Work
  26. HR Information Systems
  27. HR and Best Practice
  28. The Role of the Line Manager
  29. Making the HR business case
  30. Social Media
  31. Ideas, Tips and Random Thoughts
  32. And finally...
About the Authors

Tim Scott

Tim is a UK HR professional and Chartered Fellow of the CIPD with over twenty years of generalist experience in roles across the private, public and voluntary sectors. Alongside his “day jobs”, he has co-written a number of books about HR and management, including the successful “Putting Social Media to Work” series. A self-confessed social media convert, Tim is active on Twitter (as @TimScottHR) and also writes for a number of publications and sites.  

 Tim is currently People Director at Fletchers Solicitors, a leading law firm in the North West of England. He has previously worked as an independent HR consultant and been Head of People & Organisational Development for a national UK charity, where his team won the Charity Times’ prestigious “HR Management” award.

Throughout his career he has worked closely on people and productivity issues with senior managers and developed people-focused HR teams. A firm believer that there is no such thing as best practice in people management, he has focused on designing and implementing business-appropriate practices, often in organisations which previously had little or no dedicated HR leadership. He says his career aim is simple: to improve people’s experience at work.


Gemma Dale

Gemma is an experienced HR professional, a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Fellow of the HEA and a regular speaker and writer on a variety of HR topics including employee engagement, flexible working and wellbeing. She is also a qualified coach and mediator.

Gemma is a lecturer in the Business School at Liverpool John Moores University where she teaches employment law and professional development skills. She also runs her own business, The Work Consultancy where she focuses on policy development, flexible and hybrid working and wellbeing.

You can find Gemma on Twitter @HR_Gem and her blog at