The Top 30 HR Blogs Every HR Professional Should Read in 2017
With so many amazing HR blogs out there, even choosing which ones to read can be a time consuming affair.
If you don’t have time, no big deal…we’ve picked some out for you!
While a few of the websites we listed might seem slightly outside the scope of HR, we decided to include critical topics like employee engagement and company culture. These areas are becoming so important to the expanded role of the modern HR pro and what we believe is missing from other top HR blog lists.
Here are the top HR Blogs that you’ll want to bookmark.
1) HR bartender
Favorite Post: The Difference Between Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
What it’s all about: Just like your favorite bartender, you know you’ll get only the best advice from this blog…a blog that’s as honest and practical about work as your favorite bartender is about your love life. You’ll find posts on anything from offshore assignments to office politics…all written with a refreshing candor you’re sure to appreciate and come back to time and time again.
2) Evil HR Lady
Favorite Post: Is it Possible to be Too Smart?
What it’s all about: The Evil HR Lady and her blog are on a mission: to demystify the HR department and clear up your most pressing questions about what goes on in Human Resources. From payroll to discrimination, the Evil HR lady candidly answers everything you might be curious about. She even takes questions via email.
Favorite Post: Five Weeeeeeeeird Tips for Great Meetings
What it’s all about: Out of all the other HR blogs on our list, this one deals the most with happiness…just as its name suggests. This blog will help you keep happiness at the forefront of your work, no matter what you do. You’ll learn things like how to keep your employees happy, how to overcome a fear of being fired, and even what the show, Parks and Recreation, can teach you about your workplace.
Favorite Post: 33 Amazing Employee Recognition Ideas You Need to Be Using
What it’s all about: Yes, we shamelessly included ourself in this list. But let us explain! This blog proves even “non-traditional HR blogs” can still be important ones for people who work in HR. The SnackNation blog helps companies improve culture, explore new workplace wellness ideas, and increase employee engagement. So if you’re trying to make your office an environment where people are happy and healthy, you’ve landed in the right place!
What it’s all about: This company culture blog’s topics include employee retention, recruitment strategies, reviews, organizational culture, remote work, and even more. As an added bonus, this blog has a sense of humor, makes fun popular culture references, and touches on some subjects other HR blogs might be afraid to cover, like strange co-workers.
What it’s all about: What separates this blog from others in the pack? Passion, a hyper-personal voice, and some kick-ass employee recognition ideas. As far as HR blogs go, this one is about as close as you can get to sharing a cup of coffee with an HR expert. Allison, the primary writer for the blog, has a passion for sharing everything she’s learned in over 20 years of working in offices…and it shines through all of her posts.
Favorite Post: Employee loyalty is not a given, it has to be earned
What it’s all about: Every list of HR blogs needs one that’s all about employees. The Get Hppy blog turns out employee-centric content from a fresh perspective, answering all of your most pressing questions about employee happiness and pumping out tons of amazing ideas you can easily implement in your office.
What it’s all about: The TriNet blog is dedicated to providing valuable and timely information to help SMBs stay compliant, competitive and on the cutting-edge of HR best practices. Articles include everything from how the Affordable Care Act, changing legislation and legal considerations impact on business, to attracting and retaining talent, effective leadership and the hottest trends in business. The blog aims to be practical, easy-to-understand and on topics important to business success.
What it’s all about: While other HR blogs are all strategy, this one gets specific. In fact, HR Capitalist writer, Kris Dunn, says:
“My eyes get glossy when HR people start talking about being strategic without being specific.”
And that’s one of the reasons he started HR capitalist—to build a community that turns strategic ideas into specific takeaways to benefit HR practitioners everywhere.
10) Talent Tribune
What it’s all about: Talent Tribune is a data-driven HR blog committed to serving HR professionals, and even job seekers, with information on workplace culture and our changing workforce. Talent Tribune likes posts that are all about data and hard facts, but also loves a good opinion post to get people thinking. And since this company is powered by a new Software search engine, you’ll find more posts about integrating technology into our workforce here than you will on many other blogs on this list.
11) Workology (formerly The Recruiter’s Lounge)
Favorite Post: How to USE SEO Best Practices to Deepen Your Talent Pool
What it’s all about: Some of the best HR blogs focus on one topic…to help you become an expert on it. This one is all about recruiting, whether it’s job searching, sourcing, tactics, or technology. Each post explores the nebulous and constantly changing world of recruiting, so you can expect something new every time you land on the blog.
Favorite Post: Open Office Environments Suck and HR Knows This
What it’s all about: Laurie Ruettimann isn’t afraid to share her expertise on HR, even if it’s not exactly what you want to hear. This blogger is always direct, fresh, and honest, and shares post that really get you thinking about the way you work. Plus, with the range of topics she posts about, you’ll never be bored. One day it’s interview questions and the next day it could be writing a performance improvement plan.
Favorite Post: Cheering Foul Balls—Sometimes Effort Shouldn’t Count
What it’s all about: This blog brings all of the HR experts you may read on other blogs together to write a blog that….well, leaves out what you might read about in other Human Resources blogs. When recounting how the blog got started, FOT recalls the words of the original founders:
“We want to hire you to create a Talent Management blog for our new website. Like the HR Capitalist, but without all the boring HR stuff like legal issues and employee relations tactics – just the sexy stuff.”
So basically, you’ll find lots of interesting insights and commentary on HR and workplace issues…but don’t expect to be bored.
14) The Good.Co Blog
Favorite Post: Workplace Horror Stories
What it’s all about: The company behind the blog has been called “the job-hunting lovechild of e-Harmony and LinkedIn.” Good.co guides people in finding career matches with quizzes and articles that use the company’s Proprietary Psychometric Algorithm. Because other blogs on this list don’t have access to Good.Co’s proprietary data, you won’t find posts like theirs on any other site. Using this data, their posts explore gender equality, personalities, companies, trends, and more.
15) The AnyPerk Blog
Favorite Post: What Companies Don’t Get About Work-Life Integration
What it’s all about: This blog covers the latest in employee happiness. The AnyPerk company is all about helping offices find ways to give their employees perks, and their blog naturally follows that progression with tons of ideas on employee happiness and engagement.
Favorite Post: Working Dead: The Cost Of Low Employee Engagement
What it’s all about: This blog is all about achieving those good office vibes that everybody wants, but are often so hard to find. It covers employee engagement, company culture, performance reviews, and everything and anything else that influences the vibe of your office…using awesome illustrations and share-ready infographics. With a company goal of making workplaces better places, this blog produces more highly-focused content than many other blogs out there.
Favorite Post: ADA and Accommodating Peanut Allergies at Work
What it’s all about: From accommodating peanut allergies to firing flatulent employees, this blog helps you navigate the legality of all of your tricky HR questions…and pushes the envelope. If you’re wondering what you legally may or may not do in sticky situations, this blog probably has an answer.
What it’s all about: This blog’s primary writer, Bob Sutton, is also author of the bestselling book, The No Asshole Rule, which tackles workplace negativity head-on. Just like his book, Sutton writes this blog for business and HR leaders who want to examine the deepest issues lurking in their offices, and more importantly, do something about them. While other HR focused blogs often revolve around the opinions of the writer, Sutton commits to an evidence-based approach to his advice.
Favorite Post: Fired Up
What it’s all about: In addition to the usual topics on HR, Christopher writes about overall self-improvement habits that carry over to the workplace, no matter what your profession. If your office’s HR team sent daily inspirational emails, they would probably sound a lot like Christopher’s posts.
20) Insperity Blog
What it’s all about: The Insperity blog has one main goal: to be a trusted provider of new ideas and business best practices for people creating, leading and transforming business. Their blog posts provide in-depth advice from Insperity’s experts whose authority comes from careful analysis, study and extensive industry experience. They cover a wide range of today’s most talked-about HR and business improvement topics and questions.
Favorite Post: EEOC Weighs in on Employer Wellness Programs
What it’s all about: While some of the other blogs mentioned here like to keep you entertained, The Labor and Employment Law blog just wants to make sure you’re well informed about new laws and how they affect your work. But in the process of informing you, this blog is vastly entertaining, as it condenses the legal information you need to know into snackable blog posts. It’s hard to keep track of fast changes in laws, statutes and regulations, but this blog makes it easier for you.
22) The Tim Sackett Project
Favorite Post: Hiring Is About To Get Really Difficult!
What it’s all about: Tim, who was kind enough to share some wisdom on employee engagement with us, is a 20 year HR pro currently serving as President of HRU Technical Resources. He’s insanely knowledgable on recruiting and his writing style is very genuine. Plus he’s a pretty funny guy (he claims to be the “World’s foremost expert on Hugging” on his twitter bio). This is one blog you MUST bookmark if you’re serious about HR.
23) Tiny Buddha
Favorite Post: A Simple Process to Turn Fear into Power
What it’s all about: The Tiny Buddha blog is not specific to HR, but it makes it onto our list for one very good reason: every HR manager (and every person really) could use a little more zen and positive thinking in their lives. This blog gives readers a fabulous dose of mindful positive thinking…just what they need to manage a positive workforce.
What it’s all about: Dr. Nguyen’s blog digs deep into psychology to help readers understand and deal with what happens in their offices every day. The blog is split into three main focus areas:
- Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and how new theories can be applied in the workplace
- Occupational Health Psychology, and the general well-being of workers
- Organizational Behavior, namely how people behave at work
They separate themselves from other HR blogs through their commitment to presenting scholarly information, and their promise to only cite the most credible sources.
Favorite Post: 23 employee motivation statistics to silence naysayers
What it’s all about: engage has a serious passion for employee engagement. So much so that their posts aim to make everyone else as passionate about employee engagement as they are. They cover benefits and perks, HR trends, wellness, and more.
Favorite Post: How to Measure Recruiting Performance
What it’s all about: The tagline for upstartHR is “making HR better, one HR pro at a time,” and that’s exactly what every post aims to do. This blog covers ideas, tips, best practices, and even book reviews, and the author hopes that both new HR professionals and HR veterans will have plenty to take away from his blog. In short, each post will inspire you to keep your passion for HR going strong.
Favorite Post: Avoid These Trust Diminishing Potholes at Work
What it’s all about: People skills are at the top of any HR manager’s skill set, and that’s why the Psychology Today blog lands on our list. Skip straight to the work section to find a treasure trove of posts that help you digest the latest psychological research, and use it to help get a little insight into why the people in your office do what they do.
28) The tribeHR Blog
Favorite Post: 6 Tips for Talent Acquisition with Limited HR Resources
What it’s all about: The tribeHR blog actually has an entire section dedicated to Worst Practices. They post about things companies often get wrong, from communicating layoffs to employee turnover. With so many articles on how to do things right, a post about what you might be doing wrong is both insightful and refreshing.
Favorite Post: Great culture? Look to the cows
What it’s all about: The chic, user-friendly design of the posts make this one of the glossiest HR blogs out there. And in addition to looking like your favorite magazine, ‘a’ Magazine produces consistently amazing HR content as well. The blog’s goal, in their own words, is to:
“Help anyone in any role be an a-player, contribute to an a-team and bring their a-game.”
In blog content speak, this translates to great articles on leadership, engagement, insights, and more.
Favorite Post: Yes, Short-Termism Really is a Problem
What it’s all about: While HBR isn’t technically a blog, it is a website publishing expert posts that anyone in business should read. This non-blog ended up on our best human resources blogs list because it epitomizes intelligent online discussions about business, including HR topics like generational issues and leadership development.
To become a master of your craft, it pays to read from industry experts. These 30 HR blogs will help you stay on top of everything you need to know to be an HR rockstar.
Let us know which HR blogs you end up bookmarking (or already bookmark) in the comments below.