SHRM Books

SHRM Books



SHRM BOOKS develops and publishes resources on the topics that matter most to HR professionals, people managers, and students.  

The strength of our program lies in the expertise and thought leadership of our s to educate, empower, elevate, and inspire readers around the world. 

Each year SHRM BOOKS publishes 12-15 new titles covering contemporary and core Human Resource Management issues such as Talent Management, Employment Law, and Technology, as well as general workplace topics such as Burnout, Decision Making, and Conflict Resolution. 

With more than 100 books available in print, digital, and audio formats, SHRM BOOKS are available at most online book retailers, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as our own online SHRMStore and SHRM Events.

SHRM BOOKS also includes the SHRM approved book and completing the related activity. All Certificates of Achievement will be automatically uploaded to the SHRM Certification Portal.

To learn more about SHRM BOOKS, please contact


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New and Notable Books from SHRM!

Ace Your SHRM Certification Exam: A Guide to Success on the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Exams edited by Nancy A. Woolever

Demystify the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification exams

"Succinct and practical, Ace Your SHRM Certification Exam includes everything you need to know to be at your best on exam day!" –J. Frances McDermott, HR Manager, BFP

California Employment Law: An Employer's Guide – Revised & Updated for 2020 by James J. McDonald, Jr.

Essential for avoiding many hazards and traps California employers face

“Jim McDonald nails it! California employment law simplified.” –Ann Huston, SHRM-SCP, HR Manager, National Church Residences

Clocking Out: A Stress-Free Guide To Career Transitions by Raymond Lee

Ten fascinating stories bring to life the key components of effective career transition

“You'll walk away not only feeling incredibly inspired, but with the necessary mindset to make your career dream a reality." –Dr. Dawn Graham, of Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers and Seize Success

The Essential HR Guide For Small Businesses And Startups: Best Practices, Tools, Examples, And Online Resources by Marie Carasco and William J. Rothwell

The nuts and bolts of HR for small businesses and startups

“A complete blueprint for strategically aligning and integrating HR best practices within any small business or startup.” –Louis M. Laguardia, Ph.D.

Extinguish Burnout: A Practical Guide To Prevention And Recovery by Rob & Terri Bogue

Transform your understanding of burnout and the strategies to beat it

“Extinguish Burnout helps us understand how the demands we place on ourselves originate, and empower us to lead to happier, more fulfilling lives." –Jennifer Currence, SHRM-SCP, President, The Currence Group
HR on Purpose!!: Developing Deliberate People Passion by Steve Browne

Rekindle your passion for a field that is vibrant and vital

“The most insightful book on HR ever written.” –John Jorgensen, SHRM-SCP

HR Rising!!: From Ownership To Leadership by Steve Browne
Encourages HR to put people at the very center of everything we do

“Steve shows us it isn’t just about what to do; it’s about who to become.” –Kyra Matkovich, SHRM-CP 

Performance Conversations: How To Use Questions To Coach Employees, Improve Productivity, And Boost Confidence (Without Appraisals!) by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D.

Novel framework and tool for enhancing staff performance

“A must-read for all managers and organization leaders who are truly invested in their employees." –Mary E. Hagood

The Price Of Pettiness: Bad Behavior In The Workplace And How To Stomp It Out by Alex Alonso
Proven tools anyone can use to spot pettiness and deal with it directly

“The perfect antidote to the unprecedented level of pettiness that has taken hold in our society.” –Michael Woodward, PhD, of The YOU Plan

Unquittable: Finding & Keeping The Talent You Need by Jim Bitterle
From-the-trenches guide for attracting, developing, and retaining talent

“Read this book now to successfully navigate your organization through any transition.” –Jim Helms

Read for Recertification Credit

Notice: Beginning January 1, 2021, the program's book quizzes will be replaced with a short-essay format for which SHRM-certified professionals can earn three PDCs per book. If you prefer to take an existing quiz for the book(s) you have read, please do so before December 31, 2020.

The SHRM Books Read-for-Recertification Credit program is a great way to broaden knowledge and earn SHRM-CP/SCP professional development credits (PDCs) along the way. Learn more

Order Info



SHRM Books are distributed by Independent Publishers Group

814 N. Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610

Phone: 800-888-4741




SHRM Books makes available for translation a robust selection of new and recent titles plus a curated list of perennial bestsellers. 

Browse the SHRM 2020 Rights Guide then please contact for information about translation rights and sales.

Bulk Order Discounts ... The More You Buy, the More You Save!

Non-Returnable Bulk Order Discounts

10–24 copies: 20% discount

25–99 copies: 30% discount

100–499 copies: 40% discount

500+ copies: 50% discount

Returnable Bulk Order Discounts 
Books must be returned no more than 60 days after shipped.

25–99 copies: 20% discount

100–499 copies: 30% discount

500+ copies: 40% discount

Purchase Terms
Offer is valid for print orders only.
Total order cost will include shipping/handling fee and sales tax (if applicable). 

Please contact to place your bulk order and save!



Got a great idea for a book?

We're always looking for smart, forward-thinking books to advance HR thought leadership and help HR professionals and people managers solve problems, improve skills, implement new processes, and or understand and apply new information.

For more information about how to submit a proposal, please review the FAQ below.

For more information about how to write a proposal, please review our Book Proposal Guidelines.

Book Proposal FAQs

Please note each book published by SHRM requires a fully executed publishing agreement between the and SHRM. The terms, rights, and obligations provided in any specific agreement supersede any information provided in this FAQ.

Q: Will writing a book give me preferential treatment when selecting conference/workshop speakers? 

No. s submit the standard information to the appropriate teams at SHRM and go through the same selection process as other submitters.


Q: Does SHRM publish e-books?

Yes, all new titles are converted into the three main ebook formats: Mobi (Kindle), ePUB, and PDF.


Q: Does SHRM sell books beyond the U.S. market?

Yes, we reach academic and international markets for most of our books through our trade distributor.


Q: Does SHRM co-publish books with other publishers?

SHRM evaluates co-publishing opportunities on a case-by-case basis.


Q: How does SHRM Books decide what to publish?

Criteria for book publishing includes:

  • Suitability for SHRM's audience
  • Quality, timeliness, and originality of topic and treatment
  • Addresses a demonstrable market need
  • Reflects and advances the SHRM Competency Model
  • The 's ability to promote the book


Q: What are the timelines?

It takes about a month for SHRM to assess a book proposal. The final manuscript is usually due 4-8 months from the date of an executed Publishing Agreement between the and SHRM. Once the final manuscript is submitted to SHRM, it takes between 4-6 months to edit, design, and publish a book.


Q: What if I have additional questions about SHRM's book publishing program?

Please contact us at


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