15 Human Resources Blogs All Serious HR Professionals Should Know
Keeping up to date on human resources (HR) trends and topics is no small task. You juggle hiring and managing employees, negotiate pay and incentives and handle a laundry list of questions and concerns from employees every day. While the day-to-day tasks tend to take over, you might feel like you’re missing out on the big picture.
Plugging into the news relating to your industry can keep you inspired, in the know, and at the top of your game. Don’t let new policies, trends with software and political debates involving HR catch you by surprise. Human resources blogs are an excellent way to keep yourself informed and entertained as you navigate the industry. We compiled this list of human resources-related blogs to help you find a few new bookmark-worthy sites to check regularly.
15 Human Resources blogs to keep you in the know
1. Monster’s Career Advice blog
This blog from the job-board giant has the largest Twitter following of 2017 compared to other HR blogs, with 200,000 followers and growing. It speaks to both HR departments and job candidates alike with conversational postings. Their regular “Ask Vicki” question-and-answer column provides is a great resource for both HR professionals and job-seekers looking for answers to some of the toughest questions found in the hiring process.
2. HR Bartender
HR Bartender has a fresh twist and the motto, “Work Responsibly.” Author Sharlyn Lauby posts frequently about how to gain and keep quality employees and how to advocate for them. While you might raise an eyebrow at the name of this blog—there’s a good explanation. Lauby describes her time as an HR professional as similar to that of a neighborhood bartender—the “friendly face that’s there when you need them. After a long day at the office, they listen, laugh with you, occasionally offer advice and, when you need it, give you the encouragement to go out and make stuff happen.”
As you might expect, this blog offers plenty of candid and reasonable advice for professionals facing common HR challenges.
3. HRE Online
This blog, from the publishers of Human Resources Executive magazine, dives into ethical issues, politics and statistics. The authors tackle tough topics in the news related to HR professionals almost daily so there’s no shortage of insightful reading to do. It’s also a great place to start, with links to many other HR news sites available as well.
4. Evil HR Lady
Want some reading with comic relief? Read this blog’s satirical approach to answering tough HR questions. Suzanne Lucas writes candid responses to emails she receives, posting an average of five times per week.
5. Talent Culture
If you want to not only hear, but be heard, visit Talent Culture and join the conversation. It is a community of HR professionals exploring everything in the world of work. Community is a big focus for Talent Culture, with regular Twitter chats, podcasts and multiple social media communities where HR professionals can share their thoughts on the issues facing the industry.
Workology is a fantastic resource for HR professionals. This blog features new posts daily from over 20 experts in the field. Workology also features webcasts, podcasts and white-paper resources that may be used for certification credit with human resources professional organizations.
7. Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Given that Society for Human Resource Management’s standing as a premier professional organization for HR professionals, the SHRM blog is a must-follow. It is easy to navigate, with recent and relevant articles posted with photo links on the front page. You can also browse specific topics such as politics, communication, management tips and labor-relation cases in court.
8. HR Morning
HR Morning covers anything and everything in the latest HR news, updating readers a minimum of biweekly. The front page organizes the website with the top article and the latest news next to it for quick navigation. This site contains HR event updates and a page devoted to developments within the field of employment law (such as discrimination, Family Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act).
9. HR Examiner
Are you an auditory learner? Or someone with a lengthy commute? This website contains an HR radio with podcasts lasting approximately 30 minutes. Checking here will keep you up-to-date on latest technology with HR and important figures in the HR world.
10. Impraise blog
Trends and tips abound in this easy-to-read, well-rounded human resources blog. They have fast summary reads such as “5 Biggest HR Trends of 2017,” creative solutions for connecting with employees such as “Translating People Analytics into Human Stories” and popular specific-case articles such as “Why Adobe Got Rid of Performance Reviews.”
11. Cake HR blog
The Cake HR blog is an offshoot of an intriguing human resources mobile application of the same name. Most, but not all, of this blog’s focus is on the importance of HR productivity, and the ways technology can be used to improve or guide HR processes.
12. Entrepreneur HR blog
Entrepreneur Magazine's HR blog is a fine balance of articles that will keep you following links. This blog not only has tips but inspiration articles to improve the quality of everyone’s work lives.
13. HR Zone
HR Zone is an excellent, thought-provoking blog that covers important topics ranging from news to trends. They’re not afraid to tackle the tough topics like workforce diversity issues, the gender pay gap and how HR professionals handle mental health issues in the workplace.
14. Get Five
Get Five—formerly known as The Five O’Clock Club—is an HR organization with a blog dedicated to a variety of pressing and important HR and career topics. Maybe you need advice for how to handle negotiating relocation benefits or dealing with the unpleasant work of letting an employee go—no matter the HR issue, you should be able to find well-written articles tackling the subject here.
15. Spark Hire HR Blog
Spark Hire is a video interview software platform—and its accompanying blog does an excellent job of covering recruiting, hiring and interview-related topics. This blog features plenty of expert advice for HR professions—especially if you’re looking to make the most of video conferencing technology.
Never stop learning
The world of human resources is always evolving. Keeping a pulse on news and trends in the industry is an essential role for any HR professional, and these blogs will give you a great start. But a broad understanding of the issues and news facing the field only goes so far if you're looking to climb the corporate ladder. If you're serious about advancing your career, you might also want to consider advancing your education. If you'd like to learn more, visit Rasmussen College's Human Resources Management Master's degree page.