To help new managers of small and midsize businesses grow into great leaders, HR.com, the network of HR professionals dedicated to creating inspired and informed workforces, has published an inspirational toolkit offering practical guidance on managing the broad sweep of HR issues that they will need to navigate in today’s quickly-shifting workplace. The new book, “HR Fundamentals for Non-HR Managers,” written by HR.com chief learning officer, Heidi Scott, founder and CEO, Deb McGrath, and other HR.com experts, is drawn from insights and lessons shared by the organization’s close to 2 million HR leaders.
“HR executives today are navigating a swiftly-changing array of issues – from compensation to mental health to workplace culture. When managers understand compliance, leadership, training, and other key HR issues, they will be well-equipped to partner with HR to inspire teams, create healthy workplaces and great companies,” says McGrath.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs in August 2021. That’s roughly 3% of the American workforce. Burn-out and disconnect from corporate culture have been cited as reasons why. On leaders’ immediate “to-do” lists are to nurture employees as individuals, build positive workplace cultures and treat people fairly. The new book is designed to help get those conversations started, equip managers with the tools to inspire their workforce while helping them ensure compliance with legal and regulatory issues of workplace management.
The book uses short stories, exercises, and worksheets to help managers jump-start important conversations at work. Topics covered include:
- Strategic Leadership by articulating the difference between mission, vision, and values and helping new managers align their workforce to these values.
- Fostering DE&I by avoiding the “Landmine of Unfairness” through transparency and sensitivity to everyone
- How to “Show Me the Money” – A guide to talking about compensation and benefits aligned to individual employee values and compliance
- How to coach your team to greatness by going beyond formal learning with a bonus “Career Pathing Activity”
- Why it’s never a good idea to keep your good performers “all to yourself” and encourage them to move laterally and vertically within the organization
“Being a manager is challenging. And as new managers dive into their roles as mentors and leaders, they need to be set on a path to success. This includes setting direction for their teams that are consistent with the organization, being great at hiring the right people, developing and maintaining an inclusive culture, and, perhaps less intuitively, following the rules, which is where real problems can set in,” says Scott. “This book is designed to help.”
HR Fundamentals for Non-HR Managers is a companion book for a new course from HR.Com, HR for Non-HR Managers. It is geared towards new managers of SMBs and their HR counterparts. The book is available at HR.Com: HR Fundamentals for Non-HR Managers and is $24.99.
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