The First-Time Manager: HR

  • 8h 20m 7s
  • Paul Falcone
  • HarperCollins Leadership
  • 2024

The must-have resource for HR managers who want to lessen the learning curve, succeed in their role, and set themselves up for future growth.

The world of work continues to grow more complex with hybrid work, a shortage of talent, and a mandate for more inclusive environments where employees can do their very best work every day with peace of mind. These changes have created many exciting opportunities but also carry big risks for HR managers on the front lines in organizations in transition.

Bestselling author and Human Resources expert Paul Falcone breaks down the landscape for new managers to quickly get up to speed covering recruitment, employee relations, compensation and benefits, “HR Defense” legal and compliance strategies to keep your organization safe, as well as “HR Offense” strategies to help drive organizational strategy and performance. This one-of-a-kind guide will:

  • Round out your exposure to the full gamut of disciplines within the HR suite of services.
  • Share deeper-dive knowledge and insights into particular areas of the HR world to shortcut the natural learning curve.
  • Maximize certain features of HR programs and service offerings to help you attract, develop, and retain top talent.
  • Raise red flags in areas that could potentially expose you or your organization to unwanted legal liability.
  • Help you master the levels of HR so that you can perform agilely and skillfully across the full HR spectrum.

About the Author

Paul Falcone is principal of the Paul Falcone Workplace Leadership Consulting, LLC, specializing in management and leadership training, executive coaching, international keynote speaking, and facilitating corporate offsite retreats. He is the former CHRO of Nickelodeon and has held senior-level HR positions with Paramount Pictures, Time Warner, and City of Hope. He has extensive experience in entertainment, healthcare/biotech, and financial services, including in international, nonprofit, and union environments.

Paul is the author of a number of books, many of which have been ranked as #1 Amazon bestsellers in the categories of human resources management, business and organizational learning, labor and employment law, business mentoring and coaching, business conflict resolution and mediation, communication in management, and business decision-making and problem-solving. His books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Turkish.

Paul is a certified executive coach through the Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching program, a long-term columnist for and HR Magazine, and an adjunct faculty member in UCLA Extension’s School of Business and Management. He is an accomplished keynote presenter, in-house trainer, and webinar facilitator in the areas of talent and performance management, leadership development, and effective leadership communication.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Emerging Trends, Immediate Demographic Challenges, and the Future of Work
  • Chapter 2 - Strategic Sourcing, Recruitment, Selection, and Onboarding
  • Chapter 3 - Talent Retention—Designing and Implementing Compensation and Total Rewards Programs
  • Chapter 4 - Employee Benefits—Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck with State-of-the-Art Benefits Offerings
  • Chapter 5 - Performance Management, Appraisal, and Developing an Achievement Mindset
  • Chapter 6 - Employee and Labor Relations—Proactive HR Interventions to the Rescue
  • Chapter 7 - Learning and Development—Designing and Building a Learning Organization
  • Chapter 8 - Legal Aspects of HR Management—A Foundation and Starting Point
  • Chapter 9 - Leave of Absence Administration—FMLA, ADA, and Workers’ Compensation
  • Chapter 10 - Workplace Safety and Health, OSHA Regulations, and Employee Wellness and Well-Being
  • Chapter 11 - Workplace Investigations from Start to Finish—Employee Rights and Due Process
  • Chapter 12 - Wage and Hour Compliance, Rest and Meal Period Requirements, and Exempt/Nonexempt Worker Classification
  • Chapter 13 - HR DePartment of One—HR in Start-Ups and Small Firms
  • Chapter 14 - Preparing for Surveyors and Government Auditors—Your Essential Checklists
  • Chapter 15 - Strategic HR and Earning Your Proverbial “Seat at the Table”
  • Chapter 16 - Employee Development and Talent Management—Creating and Supporting a Coaching Culture
  • Chapter 17 - Managing the Unseen—Engaging the Remote Workforce
  • Chapter 18 - The ROI of DEI—A Mission-Critical Imperative for Developing a Diverse and Inclusive Talent Pool and Workplace Culture
  • Chapter 19 - HR Information Systems and HR’s Interface with Artificial Intelligence
  • Chapter 20 - Public Sector HR—Human Resource Management in Public Administration
  • Chapter 21 - Mergers and Acquisitions and International HR—Opportunities to Explore and Room to Run
  • Conclusion—An Elevated Discipline and Professional Role for Twenty-First-Century Business


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