The 20 best HR blogs and resources online

by Staff Writer

Employees are the life blood of any good company.  Keeping them happy, safe, and motivated is the key to managing a successful business or project.  And while Human Resources departments sometimes get a bad rap, it's a vital role for any company big or small, and it's not an easy one.  The following list is intended to help give anyone from small business owners of a few employees to a HR department head of a large corporation the best resources for keeping up-to-date on the current trends, news, tips, and tools in HR.   In no particular order they are:

  1. Systematic HRThe intersection between HR Strategy and HR Technology.  This blog is a treasure trove of information for both Managers and Human Resources personnel alike.  With a focus on technology and tools of the trade, "Dubs" makes advanced HR ideas accessible to just about everyone in a very intelligent blog.
  2. All Things WorkplaceTeaching smart people practical ways to become extraordinary.  Steve Roesler writes this wonderful blog that focuses primarily on fostering and developing talent in the workplace.  Less for the HR people but a must read for the managers out there.
  3. HR MinionBecause even minions have opinions…and giggles.  This blog is for the HR people out there.  Shauna Moerke blogs about experiences, stories, and lessons from working in the HR field.  A refreshing and honest perspective.
  4. Never Mind the ManagerPromotes Good Employees Into Great – by sharing knowledge, leadership thoughts and experience.  Another wonderful blog for managers who might struggle with leadership and inspiring motivation.  A fun blog with an abundance of great advice for managers.
  5. George's Employment BlawgWorkplace News & Views.  This blog has been put together by St. Louis Labor & Employment Lawyer George Lenard and covers a wide spectrum of labor and workplace issues.  If you're looking for a one-stop-blog for keeping yourself "in the know" on anything related to the workplace, this is for you.
  6. HR BartenderWork responsibly.  Sharlyn Lauby, SPHR, CPLP – is an HR pro turned consultant who has put this blog together as a place to discuss workplace issues.  Like a good Bartender, she serves as a catalyst for discussion, and what great discussions they are.
  7. Ask A ManagerAnd if you dont, I'll tell you anyway.  This blog was started in 2007 by Alison Green and is a haven for a refreshing no BS style of management.  This quote pretty much sums it up: "I believe the whole point of managing is to get things done. Everything else follows from there."  Managers: take notes.
  8. HR Daily AdvisorPractical human resources tips, news & advice.  Updated Daily.  What more is there to say.  If you do any kind of HR activity check it out for yourself…then put it on your daily reading.
  9. Texas Employment Law BlogEmployment Law and discrimination issues.  Don't let the "Texas" focus fool you, this blog has something for everyone in a HR or Management position.  It takes on the highly sensitive topic of discrimination issues in the workplace and does it so well, they earned a spot on this list.
  10. Evil HR LadyWhy am I evil? Well, I'm not, but that's the perception of all of us in HR.  This blog is simply one of the best on the topic of Human resources.  It's smart, professional, and certainly not without a welcome level of personality.  Bookmark this one.
  11. Labor Law Center – Anyone who manages people or works in HR needs to keep up-to-date with the rapidly changing labor laws; and that's the sole purpose of this blog.  With a tremendous cast of writers and researchers, this blog never misses a beat.  Be sure you don't either.
  12. Human Resource Blog – This is a tremendously helpful Q&A website for HR issues of all kinds.  Run by the same group who does the Labor Law Center (above), this blog allows you to ask questions or browse answers in a smart format.
  13. Integrity HR Human Resources Blog – A company known for their HR consulting services has put together this wonderful blog that covers some general and all too common issues in HR.  With well thought out and fantastically helpful content, there's a lot to like about Integrity HR's contributions.
  14. Upstart HR – If you haven't read this blog yet, start here.  Ben puts a nice twist on HR topics that he covers which are generally for those newer to the industry.  Still, that doesn't mean there's nothing here for the seasoned veteran.
  15. The Human Race HorsesBusiness tools for the 21st century.  A modern perspective of the HR industry and it's challenges in the age of the internet and information boom of the 21st century.  Very good reading.
  16. Women of HRWe've got your back.  Don't let the name or tagline fool you, this isn't a blog just for women.  It's one of the most intelligent HR blogs out there for ANYONE involved in human resources.  It just so happens to be written (mostly) by women.
  17. Effortless HRYour human resources experts.  A wonderfully formatted blog that takes important HR topics and makes them simple and easy to understand.  Anyone who is new to HR or management or is (perhaps) struggling with it needs to read this blog…today.
  18. Gruntled EmployeesDisgruntled employees sue their employees, it's better to have gruntled employees.  We couldn't have said it better ourselves, and this blog does a lot of that.  If you don't think having happy employees and ex-employees is important, you can skip this blog at your own risk.   We don't usually like to pick favorites, but I definitely think this blog is in our top 3.
  19. Omega HR SolutionsUses creative human resource solutions to provide answers to time, money and service issues with employers and their employees.  This is an HR blog written primarily for managers or small business owners looking for general advice.  And it doesn't disappoint.
  20. HR Web CafeA workplace weblog about employment issues, people matters, and work trends sponsored by the EAP.  Every post here is a tremendous resource for HR, business owners, and managers alike.  Perhaps last, but certainly not least.

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