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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (November 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118422899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118422892
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Set up and implement successful HR practices
  • Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your HRfunction
  • Navigate today's heavily regulated HR environment

CD includes dozens of helpful policies, forms, and contracts

Align HR practices with your objectives and keep your companycompetitive

Looking to stay on top of today's complex HR management tasks?This practical guide provides the tools you need to keep your HRadministration running smoothly. You get up-to-the-minuteinformation on evaluating resumes, measuring performance, firing orlaying off employees, developing training programs, and more.

  • Human Resources 101 — grasp the key issues affecting thehuman resources field today and the various technology tools thatcan benefit even the smallest HR shop
  • Get down to brass tacks — get the 4-1-1 on hiring,recruiting, interviewing, selecting employees, and engagingcontingent workers, who are pivotal in growing your business
  • Put your best foot forward — take a tour of compensation,benefits, training, and establishing a culture that can give yourcompany a reputation as a great place to work
  • Make special note — discover how to offer training andcareer development opportunities that can help your people growprofessionally
  • Legal matters — get to know the legal challenges of hiringand managing your employees

CD Includes

Dozens of helpful policies, forms, and contracts to help younavigate the legal waters surrounding the hiring and managing ofemployees.

Open the book and find:

  • Policies that can enhance (or stand in the way of) your abilityto retain talent
  • Proven ways to measure employee performance
  • Ways to deal with grievances, layoffs, dismissals, and sexualharassment
  • Legal and policy considerations
  • Advice for staying ahead with HR software
  • Tips on compensation structures and benefits packages
  • Ways to create an employee-friendly work environment

About the Author

Max Messmer is chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, the world's largest specialized staffing firm. He is one of the leading experts on human resources and employment issues.


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Customer Reviews

Dummy books are always easy to read and full of valuable information.
Kimberly A. Latona
The book explains how to plan your workforce, write a job description, recruit and interview candidates, and how to make an offer.
Joel Avrunin
Human Resources Kit For Dummies is a great starter book to understand HR functions and the importance of HR in a company.
Sidarta Tanu

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Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Most of my reviews on Amazon are for "entertainment related" items but - as a CPA and a CFO - I certainly understand finance and business books. This particular title was sent to me by Amazon as part of their "Vine Reviewer" program in which they send selected books to a selected group of reviewers.
The "Dummies" series has sure grown since 1991 when Dan Gookin authored "DOS for Dummies". There are now over 1800 (!) "... for Dummies" titles.
I've used - and reviewed - quite a few of these books - especially business related and accounting volumes. I found this volume one of the better ones. In fact, if you are a small business operator , or an administrator who was just handled the responsibility of HR, this is an excellent book for you.
The author, Max Messmer is Chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, the world's largest staffing firm. He's been there 35 years (all this from his bio at the front of the book). This is the THIRD Edition of this book and has been updated with both new laws and to cover new benefit and HR issues such as benefits for same-sex couples and President Obama's Health Reform Act. (But as Messmer points out VERY CLEARLY throughout the book, things are changing all the time and this is not a "legal advice" book. He constantly refers you to your own attorney or state labor law website.

I'm not sure how much of the text was actually written by Messmer (after all the guy is busy running HIS company!), but he does acknowledge a group of knowledgeable people, so I feel comfortable with that. And, personally, I like his tone of "voice" and attitude. He doesn't talk down to reader as the author of another "for Dummies" book that recently reviewed.
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Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Human Resources Kit For Dummies is a great starter book to understand HR functions and the importance of HR in a company. This book will help people who works in HR department as well as people who interacts with HR. People will learn and understand why HR behave/respond the way they do to your questions and situations.

This books covers topics such as:
- Recruiting process
- Developing employees
- Keeping your best people
- Compensation and benefits
- Firing and layoffs
- Regulation on hiring and managing
- Handling difficult situations

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The author of this "For Dummies" book sought to explain the basics of human resources to those for whom human resources is not their primary job. He geared the book towards business owners and managers who need additional exposure to the many realities of HR, with the acknowledgement that his book could also be a convenient reference to those who tackle HR full time. Indeed, for many small business owners, just reading the myriad of issues presented in this book could convince them of the importance of adding a full-time HR person to their staff (depending on the size of the business).

Of course, many HR functions go well beyond the scope of a book. This book focuses on the HR functions a manager might require understanding, mostly involving the hiring and career development process. The book explains how to plan your workforce, write a job description, recruit and interview candidates, and how to make an offer. Once hired, the book explains retention of key employees, including benefits, compensation, and work environment. Development of key employees and succession plans are both addressed, as are methods of dealing with difficulties with employees who do not perform. Obviously, legal issues abound especially when it comes to firing and layoffs. Hopefully no business owner would rely on a "For Dummies" book for making these difficult decisions. If anything, the book will open your eyes to issues you might not have considered, and lead you to realize the importance of outside professional help for these common human resource issues.

As with all For Dummies books, the organization is clear and the book is easily accessible. You can quickly look up good interview questions or methods for creating career plans. It's a 5 star book and an excellent addition to your business library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark B TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 8, 2013
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I am an upper-level manager and have decent familiarity with HR topics. This is a very good primer for non-HR professionals, or for entrepreneurs who need to get up to speed on all things HR. Human Resources is a tough area in business. So while this book gives a good introduction into a complex area, it is not substitute for formal/legal HR training. Topics covered include recruiting, reviewing candidates, employee retention, employee development, and some legal aspects regarding employment. So it introduces some very complex topics in a high-level manner. You could write an entire book on each of these topics, so the author has attempted to distill each area down to a very basic introduction. Things like Creating a Benefits Package, Developing an Employee Handbook, Avoiding Discrimination, Evaluating Applicants, and Choosing an HR Record-keeping system are examples of specific topics covered, but are each bigger topics than a "for Dummies" book can handle with nay depth. So, I rate this book 4 stars because the author has done a great job identifying key topics and summarizing them. It really is valuable if you have little exposure to key HR challenges and topics and you are not an HR pro.
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