18 Must-Read Articles for Disruptive HR Leaders: Your Back-to-Work Reading List

Summer is (sadly) now behind us. School is back in session. Work life is back in full swing. To help you gear up for the fast pace of Fall, here are 18 of the most-shared HR articles. Their common theme? HR that doesn’t just execute, but leads and drives meaningful change.

Consider the female CHROs profiled in the January/February issue of Workforce Magazine: The CHRO of a leading strategy firm changed the company’s perception of turnover based on a holistic assessment of the market situation. Another from an insurance company focused on changing the gender status quo to improve diversity.

In addition to profiles of disruptive HR leaders, many of the articles we found contain how-to advice and research geared towards reinventing HR. We also found commentary on hot button topics like the highly publicized Uber scandal, which remind us of HR’s vital role.

If you are looking to shift gears and dive into a busy Fall season, check out these widely-shared pieces on subjects ranging from recruitment and engagement to performance management:


Talent Acquisition: Operating Expense or Source of Revenue?, by Scott Macfarlane, vice president, client development, Korn Ferry Futurestep, LinkedIn.com

Recruitment vs Talent Acquisition, by Euan McNair, talent acquisition & employer brand consultant, Standard Life Aberdeen, LinkedIn.com

The Candidate as Customer: The New Dynamics of Talent Acquisition, by Arthur Mazor, principal, Deloitte, LinkedIn.com

Employee Engagement

How Managers Drive Results and Employee Engagement at the Same Time, by Jack Zenger, CEO of Zenger/Folkman, and Joseph Folkman, president of Zenger/Folkman, HBR.org

Why the Millions We Spend on Employee Engagement Buy Us So Little, by Jacob Morgan, keynote speaker and futurist, HBR.org

Research: How Incentive Pay Affects Employee Engagement, Satisfaction, and Trust, by  Chidiebere Ogbonnaya, Eastern ARC Research Fellow in Quantitative Social Science, et al., HBR.org

Learning and Development

Learning and Development Today: Microsized, Personalized and Really, Really Short by Sarah Fister Gale, contributor, Workforce Management

Everything I know about Learning and Development by Didier Elzinga, CEO of Culture Amp, LinkedIn.com

5 Learning and Development Questions You Can’t Answer Without Analytics, by Ian Cook, head of workforce solutions, Visier.com

HR Leadership

The Awesome Influence of Women in HR, by Andie Burjek and Michelle V. Rafter, contributors, Workforce Magazine

Uber’s Toxic Culture Highlights the Need for Strategic, Courageous HR, by Pam Ross, business consultant, Blue Rebel Works, LinkedIn.com

HR Manager Evolves Into a Strategic Business Role, by Emma Jacobs, columnist, Financial Times

Performance Management

The Future Of Performance Management: How AI And Big Data Combat Workplace Bias, by Bernard Marr, big data expert and speaker, Forbes.com

3 Signs That Managers, Not Employees, Are the Problem With Performance Management, by Andre Lavoie, CEO and co-founder, ClearCompany, Entrepreneur.com

The Benefits of Integrating Workplace Wellbeing Into Performance Management, by Charlotte Rogers, senior writer, Marketing Week

Data-Driven HR

Analytics on HR Analytics: What Really Works, by Dave Ulrich, HR and leadership expert,  LinkedIn.com

The Disconnect Between People and Business Strategy, by John Schwarz, CEO and co-founder, Visier.com

Six Powerful Ways Your HR Team Can Leverage Big Data, Forbes Human Resources Council, Forbes.com

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With a background in Product Management, Business Development, and Marketing for technology start ups, Josie understands that market requirements – in the form of business problems – should drive technology. Experienced at market development, Josie has been an active thought leader for most of her career. When Josie’s not busy handling marketing for Visier, she enjoys travelling with her family, with a particular love for Italian beaches -- walk up espresso bars on the sand, who can beat that?