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The Big Book of HR -10th Anniversary Edition

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The complete guide to human resources processes, issues, and best practices by two of the most seasoned and respected HR professionals.

Managing people is the biggest challenge any organization faces. It’s a challenge that has grown even more difficult over the past decade. Since The Big Book of HR was first published, we’ve seen dramatic changes in the workplace and the workforce.

This 10th anniversary edition incorporates discussions and reflections on these changes and examines new and emerging trends useful for any business owner, manager, or HR professional, with the most current information to get the most from their talent from strategic HR-related issues to the smallest tactical details of managing people.


  • The Big Book of HR, 10th Anniversary Edition includes up-to-date information about:
  • The challenges of remote and distributed workforces
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Workplace harassment and its prevention
  • Changing technology and its impact on every facet of people management
  • Pay equity and its effect on transparency in compensation
  • Benefits that meet the needs of a multigenerational workforce
  • State and local laws that are addressing societal changes
  • Gamification and other training strategies


“In this comprehensive book, the authors provide readers with a wealth of information, stories, resources and discussion questions to guide you though the wonderful world of human resources. Mitchell and Gamlem are respected experts in HR and have generously shared their knowledge and experiences in this valuable new book.”–Sharon Armstrong, author of The Essential Performance Review Handbook, The Essential HR Handbook, and Stress Free Performance Appraisals

“Justifiably considered to be the ‘bible’ of sound HR management policies and practices, this expanded and updated 10th anniversary edition of ‘The Big Book of HR’ must be considered an essential and core instructional reference and manual for professional, community, corporate, college, and university library Business Management & Ethics collections.”– “Midwest Book Review”

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The Big Book of HR is a great HR reference book that covers virtually all areas of the human resources field–a one source of relevant information. The chapters include everything from the legal aspects of the employment relationship to the core function of HR which is attracting and developing talent for the organization. It is a practical guide which is easy to follow and provides solid recommendations on how to lead an HR organization for the benefit of the enterprise it supports. If I could only have one HR book on my shelf, this would be the one.”–Gus Siekierka, retired VP and chief HR officer, CSC.


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About the Author

A writing partnership was born with the first edition of The Big Book of HR. Since that time, Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem have gone on to write The Essential Workplace Conflict Handbook, The Conflict Resolution Phrase Book, and the award-winning The Managers Answer Book. Giving back and being active in the communities in which they live and work is important to both authors. They are influencers to the HR and business communities through their speaking, writing, and volunteering. Barbara Mitchell is the founder and managing partner of the Mitchell Group, a management consulting practice. Cornelia Gamlem is the founder of the Gems Group, a management consulting firm offering clients solutions to HR and business issues.


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