For large and small businesses alike, human resources plays an essential role in developing a company’s strategy and handling most employee-related activities.

HR professionals need to stay up-to-date on industry policies, technological and digital changes, marketing strategies, and employee management skills. Below is a list of six must-read HR blogs that professionals in the industry can follow for information, resources, and support.

1. HR Bartender by Sharlyn Lauby

Lauby is a human resource consultant and the president of ITM Group, Inc., a training company that develops programs to retain and engage workplace talent. She created the HR Bartender blog so people would have a friendly place to discuss workplace issues.

The blog focuses on topics that relate to the workplace, not just human resources. Some of the most popular subjects deal with leadership development, employee engagement, and career advice. Lauby often answers reader questions about everything from what happens during an employee investigation to providing job references during interviews.

Featured post: Lauby brings a new perspective to the performance review process in 5 Ways to Keep Performance Reviews from Becoming Boring.

For more from Sharlyn Lauby, check out 3 Ways to Develop Your HR Competency.

2. The HR Capitalist by Kris Dunn

Dunn is the chief human resources officer for Kinetix, a recruitment process outsourcing firm for growth companies. His interests sit at the intersection of HR practice, technology, and business results, and he focuses on a variety of areas including recruiting and performance management.

Dunn started the HR Capitalist blog with the goal of building a community of HR professionals that he could learn from.

Featured post: Dunn shares how to prepare your managers for employees who bring them pay data from a third-party site in 4 Things You Can Say When An Employee Prints Out Salary Data From the Interwebs.

3. Fistful of Talent by Kris Dunn

Also authored and moderated by Dunn, Fistful of Talent began as a space to provide daily HR insights without any “boring HR stuff.” The blog, now partnered with, features essays, podcasts, and videos from some of the most talented professionals in the field. It has become a leading resource for talent management content.

Featured post: How to find fresh talent in a world dominated by social media in Finding Social Ghosts In Today’s Recruiting World.

4. Unbridled Talent by Jennifer McClure

McClure is a speaker and business advisor who offers practical strategies to help leaders increase their impact, grow their influence, and deliver results in their careers and in their organizations. Her engaging and entertaining style is a mix of inspiration, how-to, and strategic discussion drawing upon over 25 years of studying best practices and partnering with senior executives and their HR teams.

Unbridled Talent has been named a “Top 10 Business & HR Blog Worth Reading” by the Society for Human Resource Management and a “Top 10 Employment Blogger to Follow” by Monster.

Featured post: McClure shares a roundup of some of her favorite HR podcasts in 11 Podcasts To Fuel Personal Growth and Leadership Development.

5. HR Ringleader by Trish McFarlane

McFarlane is an HR director and strategist, as well as a sought-after speaker and consultant (and co-host of the HR Happy Hour podcast listed below). She is the co-founder of HREvolution and In addition to being listed as one of the Top 100 Influencers in HR, McFarlane is known for her online networking, organizational development, and working excellence in the profession.

The blog covers the latest developments related to HR technology and human capital management, as well as insights on how to be a better manager or HR professional.

Featured post: McFarlane talks about becoming known for going the extra mile at work in How to Surpass what Your Job Title Says About You.

6. HR Happy Hour by Steve Boese

While it is not a blog, HR Happy Hour is the longest-running and top-downloaded HR podcast focusing on human resources, management, leadership, and workforce technology. The show is co-hosted by McFarlane (see #5) and Steve Boese, co-chair of the HR Technology Conference. They regularly feature other industry professionals as guests to chat about related topics.

Featured post:  Boese interviews Nate Randall, president and founder of Ursa Major Consulting, about trends in employee benefits: Big Ideas for Employee Benefits in 2016.

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