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4 Mar 2019

Who to Follow in the HR World: Our Top 20 Picks

If you recruit the right people and treat them good, you’re already on the road to success. But, we could all do with some inspiration now and again. So, here, we’re sharing with you our top 20 picks of some of the biggest and best influencers and bloggers in the HR world. And, what these top 20 influencers don’t know about about HR, simply isn’t worth knowing.

So, in no particular order, here we’ll share with you the biggest and best HR bloggers in the industry. They offer insight into everything from reward and recognition, right through to business trends which are sure to make an impact on the industry.

1 – Josh Bersin – Renowned Industry Analyst and Founder of Bersin by Deloitte

Twitter: @Josh_Bersin

Providing enlightening insights on corporate talent, learning, leadership, and HR technology, Josh Bersin is a global research analyst, public speaker and writer. He focuses on human resources, business trends, corporate culture and more. If you check out his website, you’ll certainly be glad you did. Check out this article he wrote on why it’s important to understand what makes your employees’ tick.

2 – Suzanne Lucas – Evil HR Lady


So, why should you bookmark the Evil HR Lady’s blog? With over a decade working in the HR industry, Suzanne Lucas’ blog offers an extensive library of HR blogs, all with the aim of ‘demystifying the human resources department’. The blogs are easily consumable, often humorous and always insightful. We love this recent blog titled about the 9 worst ways to manage people. Recognise anyone?

3 – Alexander Kjerulf – The Chief Happiness Officer, Woo Hoo Inc

@alexkjerulf ?

Want to ‘spread joy’ in your organisation? Meet Alexander, founder and Chief Happiness Officer at Woohoo Inc. Alexander is one of the world’s leading experts on workplace happiness. He is an author and speaker, presenting and conducting workshops on happiness at work at businesses and conferences in almost 50 countries. His work has been featured on CNN, The Times, BBC, The FT and the New York Times. Have a peek at his HR blog focusing on the 5 things you need to know before trying to motivate employees with money.

4 – Jon Ingham – HR Strategist and Author, Strategic Dynamics Consultancy Services


Based here in the UK, Jon Ingham is a HR consultant and author who has made a name for himself globally via his HR blog, Strategic HCM. He covers a whole host of subjects in his blog, including strategic HR, organisation design and innovation in recruitment. Have a look at this article from Jon focusing on reward gamification in talent management.

5 – Each Person


We couldn’t create this list without giving ourselves a shameless mention! In our blog, you’ll find insights and research on everything to do with recognition and reward. Each Person is a not for profit community interest company (CIC),  which helps businesses connect with employees in an authentic and engaging way. Employees can recognise their peers with ecards and they can attach the epoints currency to ecards as a special reward. When spending the epoints currency in our shop, employees get 10% off the retailer price of everything.

6 – Sharlyn Lauby – Editor and Primary Writer at HR Bartender


Sharlyn Lauby is a HR consultant who created the HR Bartender blog for people to have a friendly platform to discuss workplace issues. The blog focuses on everything relating to the workplace, from employee engagement right through to advice on how to be a better leader. Check out their recent blog about giving employees recognition and rewards that matter.  So, in their words ‘pull up a stool and order your favorite drink…the bar is always open.’

7 – Andy Headworth – Author of the Bestseller, Social Media Recruitment


Leading on recruitment and apprenticeships for HMRC, Andy Headworth is a multi-award-winning HR blogger. He speaks globally on the subject, too – and you can find his blogs on LinkedIn handle, where he discusses how to align and develop the strategic priorities for attracting, recruiting and retaining talent.

Check out this blog on Build Your Employer Brand With EGC – Employee Generated Content.

8 – Meghan M Biro – Founder and CEO of Talent Culture


The founder of the #WorkTrends podcast and Twitter chat, Meghan M Biro is also behind Talent Culture – a site dedicated to all things HR. We love this piece on work trends for 2019 – make sure you take a look here for some serious HR insight. The employee experience, HR technology and productivity are just some of the topics covered in the piece.

9 Rene Carayol – Inspired Leaders


As one of the world’s number foremost  leadership and business keynote speakers, Rene is an advisor to some of the leading FTSE500 companies CEOs and executive teams. He is also a TV presenter who has appeared a on BBC’s series ‘2 Years to Pay Your Mortgage’. He also has his own book called SPIKE: What are you great at. This man of many talents is primarily focused on his charismatic talks and inspirational messages about leadership delivered through his many seminars. He is a free spirited and open-minded speaker and covers a variety of topics within his books, videos and engaging #SPIKE podcasts. We recommend reading his latest blog post titled: Leading from the front.

10 – Trish McFarlane – HR Ringleader, Women of HR, HRevolution,


Trish McFarlane is author of the HR Ringleader blog, CEO of H3HR Advisors, pro speaker and Host of HR Happy Hour. Not only that, but she’s also co-founder of the HRevolution conference and the Women of HR blog. Topics covered include everything from the importance of trust in a company’s culture to how to work smarter and more agile.

11 – Kris Dunn – Fistful of Talent & The HR Capitalist


Kris has an impressive background having led HR practice in Fortune 500s and venture capital-held start-ups. Kris’ view on the key to getting great business results is: get great people, then do ‘cool stuff to maximise their motivation, performance and effectiveness’. Kris is the founder of not one but two successful HR blogs: The HR Capitalist and Fistful of Talent. Get stuck into this piece on how tech can accelerate your workplace.

12 – Karin Volo – Chief Joy Bringer and Director, Evoloshen


In her own words, Karin’s purpose is to ‘bring joy to the world’ – and she does this by way of writing, speaking and via her training programmes. Her personal blog is inspirational and insightful, covering topics such as the importance of showing appreciation. She is a co-author of the international best selling book, Engage! Have a look at this article over at the Evoloshen blog about how to fix a company that doesn’t have a high performance culture.  

13 – Matt Charney – Executive Editor for Recruiting Daily


An expert when it comes to talent and technology, Matt Charney is the Executive Editor at Recruiting Daily. It’s one of the world’s best platforms for content sharing and networking for recruitment professionals. The site is packed with useful blogs; we enjoyed this one, especially, which looks at the best workplaces in terms of culture. Isn’t it about time you too created an environment your team will be happy to work in?

14 – Tim Pointer – Founder of Starboard Thinking


With 20 years’ leadership experience, Tim Pointer of Starboard Thinking has bagged a number of industry awards. Take a look at this ‘Why you need to nurture your culture’ piece for some tips you can put into practice in your own company. Tim also holds the position of leading Global People strategy for CAA-GBG Global Brand Management Group, one of the world’s largest licensing and brand management company. He is also a judge for the CIPD and EE Awards, as well as a steering group member for the Engage for Success Task Force and the Strategic HR Task Force.

15 – Lewis Garrad – Mercer, I/O Psychologist and Contributor


Lewis Garrad is practice lead for Mercer, Employee Experience Solutions, International Region. Trained in organisational psychology, Lewis is on the board as a committee member of the Institute for Human Resource Professionals in Singapore. Prior to Mercer, Lewis was involved with a number of large companies working in global engagement programs specialising in employee attitude assessments. He has an extensive list of huge corporations on his CV including: Shell, Lenovo, Rolls-Royce, Skype and National Grid.

16 – Jenny Roper – HR Magazine editor


The word-savvy feminist’s engaging writing makes her articles an enjoyable read. Her style is chatty, relatable and it builds a rapport that only certain kinds of people have an ability to do. She is an editor for HR magazine Be sure to check out our favourite articles of hers.

17 – Jamie lawrence – Editor of HR zone


Jamie is editor-in-chief of HR zone and  is one of our picks to look out for. He is committed to driving forward the HR agenda and making sure that HR directors have the knowledge and insight necessary to make a positive impact on the whole organisation. He has worked as a journalist, editor and even an author of a children’s novel. Check out our favourite selection from his series titled Book review: Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters by Anthony Tjan.

18 – Kavitha Sivasubramaniam – Employee Benefits editor


Kavitha is editor of Employee Benefits and is one of our favourite HR and employee engagement writers. She is passionate about the health of employees (holistically as well as financially). Her writing is informative and tackles the controversial and hard-hitting areas surrounding employee satisfaction and wellbeing. She discusses these issues in her ‘Kavitha’s keynote’ series. Take a peep a our favourite article in this particular series titled: Kavitha’s keynote: Are employees’ changing expectations unrealistic?

19 – Perry Timms – Founder and Chief Energy Officer – PTHR at People and Transformational HR Ltd


Perry timms, founder, CEO, Author and people expert is a powerhouse in the HR field. His passion for workplace benefits and employee’s financial and holistic well being is unparalleled. This is heavily demonstrated in his blogs where you can clearly see his desire to pioneer change for employees to get people to enjoy their work. His style is chatty yet high-brow and informing. We recommend you go and have a look at our favourite post of his titled: Connect: Create: Change #FFS. You won’t regret it.

20 – Megan Reitz – Megan Reitz is professor of leadership and dialogue at Ashridge Executive Education, Hult International Business School


Professor, author, and HR and leadership expert, we recommend taking a look at Megan Reitz. She is an established author in leadership psychology. Check out her Ted X Talk about how power can often silence truth. Megan is listed as one of the Thinkers50 Radar of global audience management thinkers and on the 2018 HR Most Influential list of thinkers. We recommend looking at her blog where she carefully dissects topics and picks apart the theories embedded in controversial issues. Take a look at her blog ‘Speaking truth to power in organisations…from fantasy to reality’.

Enjoy this blog? Perhaps you know of a HR influencer or blogger who we simply shouldn’t have missed off the list. If so, be sure to leave us a comment.


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