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With many of our in-person engagements still being curtailed in 2021 so far due to the impact of the pandemic dragging on, there’s no better way to catch up on a little professional development than setting aside some time with a good book.

Here are 10 of the best HR reads for 2021.

#1Routledge Handbook of Human Resource Management in Asia
Edited by Fang Lee Cooke & Sunghoon Kim
This handbook provides an up-to-date and intellectually engaging overview of HRM in the Asian context. Distinctive in its comprehensive coverage of traditional as well as emerging topics of HRM, it analyses important themes, such as the regulatory framework for work and employment, family business and gender – and highlights the unique features of each jurisdiction’s attitudes to HRM.
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#2 Fundamentals of Human Resource Management: People, data and analytics
By Talya Bauer, Berrin Erdogan, David Caughlin, & Donald Truxillo
Provides a current, succinct and fascinating introduction to the world of HRM with a special emphasis on how data can help managers make better decisions about the people in their organisations. The authors use cutting-edge case studies and contemporary examples to illustrate key concepts and trends.
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#3 High-Impact Tools for Teams
By Stefano Mastrogiacomo & Alexander Osterwalder
Beautifully presented with illuminating illustrations, High-Impact Tools for Teams will make you better prepared as a team leader or team member to plan effectively, reduce risks and collaborate with others. Your team will be accountable and ready to deliver results.
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 #4 On Reinventing HR
By Harvard Business Review
If you read nothing else on reinventing human resources, read these 10 articles. The editors have combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones on how HR leaders can partner with the C-suite, drive change throughout the organisation – and develop the workforce of the future.
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#5 The Inclusive Leader’s Guide to Healthy Workplace Culture
By Meredith Holley
Inclusive leaders can prevent toxic work environments. But statistics show that harassment and discrimination occur at very high rates, and good companies are not immune. The Inclusive Leader’s Guide to Healthy Workplace Culture is a cheat sheet for acing that test and creating cultural health in your company.
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 #6 How Effective is Your Recruiting Process?
By Patricia Kyei Kennedy
The objective of the book is to encourage human resources, recruitment, and especially leadership teams to review their current recruitment strategy and determine if it has negatively impacted the satisfaction of employees who have attempted to go through the internal recruitment process.
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 #7 Accelerating Organisation Culture Change
By Jaclyn Lee

This book introduces an innovative new digital approach to speed up cultural change in organisations and reduce failure rates through use of the Culture Acceleration Tool and Methodology (CATM). Including real-life case studies, it provides practitioners with a clear roadmap on how to develop their own culture transformation journey.
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 #8 Workplace Jazz: 9 Steps to Creating High-Performing Agile Teams
By Gerald J. Leonard

Riffing playfully on a musical theme, Workplace Jazz offers a step-by-step process, enhanced with stories, neuroscience research, case studies, metaphors, and a strategic blueprint for developing connected and high-performing project teams based on the author’s experiences as a professional musician, life coach and business consultant.
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 #9 Investing in People: Financial Impact of Human Resource Initiatives
By John Boudreau, Wayne Cascio & Alexis Fink
Practitioners will master crucial principles such as risk, return, and economies of scale and use them to evaluate investments objectively in everything from work/life programmes to training. Also included are powerful ways to integrate HR with enterprise strategy and budgeting and gain decision buy-in from business leaders outside HR.
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 #10 Managing Human Resources in Asia-Pacific (Second Edition)
Edited by Arup Varma & Pawan S. Budhwar
Readers of this volume will learn the differences (and similarities) across HR systems in this high-growth and strategically important region of the world. The editors have assembled experts who provide valuable insights on the most significant issues affecting talent management in their respective jurisdictions – including Hong Kong, Singapore, mainland China and Malaysia.
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