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 authors 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 Read for Recertification program, which offers members and readers the opportunity to earn SHRM Recertification professional development credits (PDCs) by reading an approved book and passing a short quiz. All Certificates of Achievement will be automatically uploaded to the SHRM Certification Portal.

To learn more about SHRM BOOKS, please contact


Browse the SHRM Books collection in the SHRMStore

New and Notable Books from SHRM!

Your No-BS playbook to empowering your HR career.

"Insightful, refreshing, motivating and entertaining! I didn't put it down until I read every single page." –Allison Cox, SVP, Talent Management, Simmons Bank

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

Actualized Leadership: Meeting Your Shadow & Maximizing Your Potential by William L. Sparks

Practical strategies and steps for actualizing your leadership potential.

"This is the leadership book I've been waiting for. Sparks helps us reach our potential as leaders and human beings." –Jonathan S. Halkyard, President and CEO, Extended Stay America

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

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

Rekindle your passion for a field that is vibrant and vital

“The most insightful book on HR ever written.” –John Jorgensen, SHRM-SCP
Investing in People: Financial Impact of Human Resource Initiatives, Third Edition by Wayne F. Cascio, John W. Boudreau, and Alexis A. Fink

Measure the effect of HR initiatives on organization performance

“Easy to understand and apply, Investing In People is a must-have textbook for anyone in or seeking to be in HR." –University of California

What really prevents harassment in the workplace ... and what does not

“A critical book at a critical time, and not to be missed.” –Mark Stevens, CEO and author, The Square and the Triangle Coaching & HR Consulting, Inc.
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, author of The YOU Plan

Conflict resolution distilled into three simple moves

“Warrick transforms theories about workplace conflict into real-world practice and delivers the tools to incorporate it into all you do.” –Steve Browne, SHRM-SCP, VP of Human Resources, LaRosa’s, Inc., and author of HR on Purpose!!

Read for Recertification

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

Choose a Book

More than 100 books on a range of HR, management, and business topics are currently approved for credit. Browse the entire list and choose books that best enhance your expertise and competencies.

Submit a Book

SHRM Books invites you to submit your book for consideration if it is suitable for the Recertification Credit Program. Please review the selection criteria below and then submit an application to have your book evaluated.

SHRM Books selects English-language books that:

  • Cover topics as defined by the SHRM BoCK™.
  • Offer practical or strategic value to HR professionals and people managers.
  • Provide timely, relevant, well-researched and accurate content.
  • Demonstrate expertise and thought leadership on the topic.
  • Feature the length (30,000 – 100,000+ words) and standards (copyedited, indexed, typeset, etc.) typical of professionally-published business books.
  • Are readily available for sale through Amazon and/or other book resellers. The Amazon listing can represent direct fulfillment or inventory sold by a third party.
If your book is accepted, you will be asked to provide a brief biography, a JPG image file of your book cover, and a 20-question multiple-choice quiz with answer key.

Program FAQs

Q. How many credits can I earn using the program?

You can earn three professional development credits (PDCs) toward recertification by reading an approved book then correctly answering quiz questions on the SHRM eLearning platform.

You can earn all 60 recertification credit hours in a three-year certification cycle by reading books and passing the related quizzes. The credits will be for the year in which you take and pass the quiz. 

This self-paced activity is described under the “Advance Your Education” category in the SHRM Recertification Requirements Handbook.

Q. Do I have to buy the book from the SHRMStore?

No, you can obtain the book from anywhere, including your local library.

Q. Can I read the e-book and still receive the credit?

Yes. If you receive a passing score on the quiz, you will receive credit for reading the book in any format.

Q. I finished reading the book. Where are the instructions to take my quiz for recertification credit?

Find the book on then follow instructions in the product description to access the free quiz on SHRM's eLearning platform.

Q. If I fail the quiz, can I retake it?

Yes, you can retake the quiz so if you do not receive 70% or better the first time, you can try again.

Q. How do I report my recertification credits?

After you pass the quiz, the activity ID is automatically loaded into the SHRM recertification portal every two weeks. However, if you would like to submit an item sooner, the activity ID can be submitted in the SHRM Certification Portal.

All Certificates of Achievement will be stored in your transcript and the activity ID is located above the SHRM logo in the bottom-right corner of your certificate. Log into the eLearning platform to find your certificate.

Q. How do I report technical problems?

To report problems with the quiz or eLearning platform, please contact us at or 800.283.SHRM (7476), option 6. 

Q. What if I have more questions?

To ask additional questions about the program, please contact us at

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). 

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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 author 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. Authors 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 author'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 author 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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