Influential HR Thought Leaders to Follow and Read

Influential leaders

When it comes to HR strategy, listening to what has worked for other firms (and crucially, what hasn’t) can be a productive way to shape your own policies and principles. Luckily, there’s no shortage of experienced, eloquent experts online who share their HR wisdom across platforms including Twitter, LinkedIn and personal blogs. Human resources management is an ever-changing and evolving industry, with modern companies employing ever more experimental ideas to boost staff loyalty and productivity.
Here are five HR thought leaders (with their Twitter handles, where applicable) to inspire:

Evil HR Lady (@RealEvilHRLady)
Don’t be concerned about the name – it’s actually the title of Suzanne Lucas’ blog, which seeks to debunk the idea that HR is full of ‘evil’ people and offer blunt, witty advice to both employers and jobseekers about how HR works and why it’s important. Recent topics include introverted employees, ’10 things you should never ask your employees to do’ and flexible working. Lucas also writes agony aunt-style entries where she replies to workplace concerns emailed to her blog.

Liz Ryan (@humanworkplace)
Previously a HR Senior Vice President of a Fortune 500 company, Liz Ryan is now one of the most influential voices in the world of HR, writing regularly for the Huffington Post, Business Week, LinkedIn, the Harvard Business Review, the Denver Post and Forbes.com. Liz also leads the worldwide Human Workplace movement, a publishing, coaching and consulting firm whose mission is to reinvent work for people.

Steve Boese (@steveboese)
Writer, author and teacher Steve Boese co-chairs the HR Technology Conference, with the next event due to take place in Las Vegas next October. Boese is an industry expert you can not only read but listen to – he hosts a weekly HR Happy Hour podcast, free to download. He also contributes to the Fistful of Talent blog, giving you a myriad of options from which to hear his HR wisdom!

Shawn Murphy (@theshawnmurphy)
Switch and Shift CEO and co-founder Shawn Murphy has created a platform for not just his own writing, but a network of HR writers who share their own thoughts and strategies related to the human side of the business world. Social media, employee experiences and peer-to-peer learning are just some of the topics approached – Murphy also runs a podcast titled Work That Matters.

Laszlo Bock (@laszlobock2718)
Romanian-born Laszlo Bock has delivered a wealth of HR kudos to Google since joining the company in 2006. As Senior Vice President of People Operations, he’s led the technology firm to the accolade of Best Company to Work For over 30 times and bagged Google more than 100 awards as a leading employer. Bock’s first book, Work Rules!, came out last year and made both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

Of course, these are just a few of the influential HR leaders sharing their wisdom and expertise online and via social media. The wealth of online writing offers a vital – and free – resource to employers and HR leaders wanting to learn from the best, with a never-ending list of topics and issues covered. As the old saying goes: knowledge is power – and there’s masses of it out there for you to absorb.

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