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The Great 8!

By Andi Cale
Each January the SHRMStore reflects back on the previous year and reviews the top sellers in the SHRMStore. These books, DVDs, software and web-based products reveal what areas the HR industry is focused on. Each year we find top sellers in just about every aspect of HR including compliance, employee relations, recruiting, strategy, harassment training, and auditing. However, we look at the top selling eight (8) items to hone in on what is most critical and top of mind for HR professionals. Though it isn’t purely coincidence that ‘eight’ rhymes with Great!

We also separate out the top-selling SHRM-published books and spotlight them in their own Great 8 list. The top sellers are tallied using SHRMStore sales plus sales through other book selling channels.

On both lists, this year we saw the exit of some of the items that had been on the lists for years. And we saw some new items make their debut on the lists. Plus, we saw some old friends that have made the lists for several years running.

Changes from 2013 to 2014:

  • Health care reform products did not make the Great 8
  • Global harmonized system (GHS) products did not make the Great 8
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) tracking management not only made the list but TOPPED the list
  • State-specific and federal compliance products had an increased showing on the Great 8
  • Products on phrases for performance reviews did not make the Great 8

What did make the list reveals what is most critical to HR professionals. The topics include:

  • State and federal employment labor law compliance
  • FMLA management
  • Employee performance Issues
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Harassment training
  • Managing the HR department
  • Workplace investigations
  • Employee retention

 So with that introduction, queue the drum roll, here are 2014’s Great 8!

 The Great 8

 The Great 8 SHRM-Published


 Many of the items that made the lists are also approved for recertification credit  for the new SHRM certification.

 Visit the SHRMStore for the best selection of HR products! And help us start growing the Great 8 for 2015 list!

 Listen to Andi’s conversation about the Great 8 on DriveThruHR.