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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Your HR Ally: Kickstart Your Human Resources Career by Melissa Hume is a non-fiction self-help guide encompassing all things HR. More than that, though, it is the multifaceted lens through which anyone may look as it will provide those on the other side of the table, who are on the hunt for employment, with an insider's manual on how human resources actually works. Hume covers a massive number of topics and provides practical, streamlined advice over the course of ten chapters. These include but are certainly not limited to areas such as recruiting, safety, and a comprehensive look at different forms of leave, payroll matters, negotiating factors, employee relations, and reporting, among many other elements of the role.
My crash course in human resources came as I prepared to hire staff for a brick-and-mortar shop. I had completely overlooked that I was, first and foremost, an HR manager. My gosh, how I wish Melissa Hume had written Your HR Ally in 2007. But for the rest of you who are in the here and now, what a great fortune it is to have a wealth of information right at your fingertips. The most interesting topic was workplace culture, matching what a company embodies and, the part I most enjoyed, its commitment to diversity. The assumption that everyone is on the same page is a naïve point of view and building the framework with clear boundaries that leave no room for interpretation is key. This is a fantastic book with so much to offer and am sure others who pick it up will feel the same.