Books that have been your best friends for ages prove to be much more than pals. At times they have been your emotional dosage and at times a serving of inspiration. Sometimes you just picked one up for leisure, while at others you just let them sit pretty on the dusty shelf. The best thing about them is that there is at least one for everyone. While every book offers a great amount of learning, CareerBuilder India lists five that are particularly enriching for HR personnel.

1. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity: Witten by David Allen, the book, as the title suggests, is a guide on managing people and oneself in a stressful yet productive manner. Every HR person requires some tact. It isn’t necessary that the methods of management that they deploy are always people-friendly. Nonetheless, the practices should be such that they don’t go against the work culture of the company, as a result of which employees are not a happy lot every time. The book lists some interesting ways of increasing employee productivity without making them feel the pressure. It is certainly worth knowing how.

2. Man’s Search for Meaning: Authored by Viktor Frankl, the book is a concoction of Frankl’s different views on life. You may ask what is so managerial about it. The book is a treasure of learning. After all it is life that unleashes various aspects of management. Revolving around the concept of “logotherapy” the book takes you into the profound world of human psychology. The motto – there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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3. The Alchemist: It’s truly “a fable about following your dreams”. Written by Paulo Coelho it reinforces in you the belief that the journey is not about destinations but about the travel, company and learning. It is about highs and lows, failing morals, new values and the art of coming out strong. As a career counsellor, the book teaches you how to enjoy your work and follow your aspirations, whether you are an engineer or a photographer.

4. The Road Less Travelled: There are no easy ways to fulfil your dreams. And this book opens up straight to this fact. Unlike most of the other books that talk about motivation in five easy steps or success in a week, M. Scott Peck’s “The Road Less Travelled” will show you that there is nothing dreamy about achieving success. There has to be work – a lot of it.

5. Freedom from the Known: A wonderful book on self-actualization and self-love, “Freedom from the Known” is about getting to know yourself. It is tough to know yourself inside out; however, once you crack the trick, life becomes easier and decision-making becomes smoother.

There is a lot that life and experience teach us about the art of management. Books, however, give plenty of insight into aspects that go far beyond the obvious. It’s amazing how the same book can teach you so many different things if you read it over and over again. If you are an HR personnel reading at least one or two of the books listed above can make you a better manager. Perhaps it’s time that you pick your pals from the list!

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