Start Here:  Your Essential HR Resources

Here’s a curated list of HR content organized by topic.  We put it together for you, so that you can learn the essentials of HR without paying top dollar for expensive training.  It starts with our own material, and continues with other resources organized by topic.  All resources are either free or very affordable.

My Books on Amazon (Bill Gottlin)

7 Best Practices of Effective Human Resource Management  

I wrote this book to help you develop the best practices in human resource management to protect and grow your company.  In my experience as the owner of my own HR consulting business, I have learned that one of the secrets to a continually growing company is a great internal “organization.” Great employee teams do not come about by chance. Behind them is a well-organized system of identifying, hiring, training and developing talented people, at all levels of the company. Company systems and legal protections are carefully written down in employee policies, reflected in the Employee Handbook, and the organization itself understands and communicates its compliance to Federal and state laws covering the employment relationship.

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13 Most Difficult Conversations With Employees  

I wrote this book to help managers develop skills and confidence in mastering employee issues and difficult situations.  Anyone who handles difficult conversations, or wants to have more productive employee communications, will benefit from this book.  Chapters cover the following “difficult conversations”:

  • Body Odor
  • Performance Problem
  • Chronic Lateness
  • Office Romance
  • Feuding Employees
  • Transitioning from Buddy to Manager
  • Sexual Harassment Claim
  • Managing Up
  • Social Media Rant
  • Fired for Misconduct
  • You Are Not Getting a Raise
  • Are You on Drugs?
  • Dress Code

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Transform Your HR: 7-Day Challenge

The complete 7-Day Transform Your HR course.  In three lessons, you will learn how to hire better employees, create an effective performance management system, and create policies to protect your business.  Includes action plans, tools and checklists.  $5.00.

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Effective Discipline and Termination

No one enjoys disciplining and terminating employees, but if it is necessary, do it the right way and protect yourself from lawsuits!  Many examples and templates are included.   $9.00

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How to Find and Hire Great Employees

Everything you need to know to level up your hiring practices from average to best in class.  This guide takes you step by step through the hiring process, focusing on the ASC (“ask”) system:  Attracting the right candidates, expertly Screening them, and finally, Choosing the best candidate for your company.  Bonus:  Over 100 effective interview questions.  $9.00

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Our Most Helpful HR Guides

Each of these short guides is focused on solving an important HR issue.  Just click on the topic you are interested in and the guide will download.

7 Ways to Manage Legal Risk

How to Motivate Employees

Six Ways to Improve Your Hiring

Do These Laws Apply to Me 

Federal and State-by-State Guide to Overtime Law

Guide to Defining Employees vs. Independent Contractors

Are Your Handbook Policies Up to Date?

Download “14 Must Have Policies For Your Employee Handbook”

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