The HR Toolkit: An Indispensible Resource for Being a Credible Activist

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Resolve any HR issue in a snap!

Solving office problems before they escalate marks the difference between success and failure

for any HR professional. The HR Toolkit provides what you need to resolve every imaginable challenge—

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Overview

Resolve any HR issue in a snap!

Solving office problems before they escalate marks the difference between success and failure

for any HR professional. The HR Toolkit provides what you need to resolve every imaginable challenge—

saving your company time and money.

With a handy indexed listing of the most common workplace conflicts and solutions, The HR Toolkit offers

simple, actionable techniques you can start using right away. In no time, you’ll be an expert on every issue

and situation you face, including:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Performance management
  • Job design
  • Employee selection
  • Workplace culture
  • Codes of ethics
  • Medical leave
  • Fair labor standards
  • Workplace Violence and Bullying
  • Competitive Corporate Governance

The HR Toolkit packs everything you need into one handy volume to help you increase both productivity

and your company’s bottom line by solving problems with diplomacy and skill.

Praise for The HR Toolkit

"Dozens of sample memos, policies, training aids, exercises, checklists and more that readers can use immediately for a wide range of HR tasks. Author Denise A. Romano, an HR professional for more than 14 years, does more than offer sample documents and review laws relevant to HR. She urges HR professionals to be “credible activists” who are willing—and well-trained enough—to point out when their companies are violating laws or just handling things improperly through inadvertent errors. She also addresses HR professionals’ worries—including advising them on coping with workplaces that devalue HR. "

—SHRM/HR Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071700818
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/19/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 501,108
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise A. Romano has more than 14 years of experience working in the Human Resources and Organizational

Development (HR/OD) field in government, nonprofit, and for-profit companies, and she has built

two different HR/OD departments from the ground up.

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  • Posted September 15, 2010

    A business book with a practical conscience!

    THE HR TOOLKIT by Denise Romano
    Denise Romano's THE HR TOOLKIT (McGraw Hill-Professional) is both a call for a modern HR professional (the vanguard of a new wave of enlightened corporate activity) and a practical handbook for HR professionals. Too often, when HR is considered "fluff" by lawyers and other suits in organizations and companies flounder. Romano, who spent 14 years in HR and OD development, knows the importance of HR's knowledge and how companies flaunting the rules have paid not just with profitability lost but even. She also realizes how unwelcome HR can be, when it points out the risks of corporate behavior.
    Using Seinfield's joke about the difference between regular people and lawyers, "who read the rules in the lid of the monopoly box," she explains how the information HR professionals have is powerful. But with it comes the obligation to politely but firmly set the line of the rule of law. In the HR Toolkit, she gives real life cases, from bullying in the workplace and, job discrimination, to threats to public safety or other malfeasance through a company's actions or avoidance of action.
    With over a hundred templates, sample memos and checklists, Romano explains how conflict resolution, action plans, and job design can be implemented. For experienced professionals, the book is an eye-opener for ways to assert HR prerogatives, including whistle blowing, with maximal effectiveness and minimal personal risk. And for the HR novice, she uses a variety of typical employee situations to demonstrate the art of pointing out policy to superiors with tact and credibility. One of my favorites is the new dad penalized for asking for leave he's entitled to, or a grandmother raising two kids, who is relieved of responsibility she preferred.
    I especially liked her look at humor that heals or hurts. Laughing with others, as opposed to laughing at people, feelings or issues, sums up much of the evil repartee of the workplace--the subtle backstabbing at watercoolers. But the heart of this book is about more than casual workplace cruelty. Romano's advice is especially valuable for the troubled HR people, who wring their hands in private for fear of losing their jobs.
    For the ethical HR professional who might feel like Cassandra, Romano offers the grounded role of credible professional. She shows how to guard your back, while bravely soldiering on in complete knowledge. Her modern professional is committed to change in a job too often seen as a corporate flunky. Emotional intelligence is a powerful HR tool that can be wielded to implement codes of ethics, fair labor standards, eliminate workplace violence, and create a dynamic workplace culture.
    I suggest this book to modern HR professionals and their colleagues, who will certainly experience a jolt of recognition. Romano's techniques are calculated to give HR back the credibility too often denied in corporate culture. And, in the process nudge business toward the enlightened more profitable workplace we all desire.
    Susan Weinstein

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A Business Book with a conscience!

    THE HR TOOLKIT by Denise RomanoDenise Romano's THE HR TOOLKIT (McGraw Hill-Professional) is both a call for a modern HR professional (the vanguard of a new wave of enlightened corporate activity) and a practical handbook for HR professionals. Too often, when HR is considered "fluff" by lawyers and other suits in organizations and companies flounder. Romano, who spent 14 years in HR and OD development, knows the importance of HR's knowledge and how companies flaunting the rules have paid not just with profitability lost but even. She also realizes how unwelcome HR can be, when it points out the risks of corporate behavior.Using Seinfield's joke about the difference between regular people and lawyers, "who read the rules in the lid of the monopoly box," she explains how the information HR professionals have is powerful. But with it comes the obligation to politely but firmly set the line of the rule of law. In the HR Toolkit, she gives real life cases, from bullying in the workplace and, job discrimination, to threats to public safety or other malfeasance through a company's actions or avoidance of action.With over a hundred templates, sample memos and checklists, Romano explains how conflict resolution, action plans, and job design can be implemented. For experienced professionals, the book is an eye-opener for ways to assert HR prerogatives, including whistle blowing, with maximal effectiveness and minimal personal risk. And for the HR novice, she uses a variety of typical employee situations to demonstrate the art of pointing out policy to superiors with tact and credibility. One of my favorites is the new dad penalized for asking for leave he's entitled to, or a grandmother raising two kids, who is relieved of responsibility she preferred.I especially liked her look at humor that heals or hurts. Laughing with others, as opposed to laughing at people, feelings or issues, sums up much of the evil repartee of the workplace--the subtle backstabbing at watercoolers. But the heart of this book is about more than casual workplace cruelty. Romano's advice is especially valuable for the troubled HR people, who wring their hands in private for fear of losing their jobs.For the ethical HR professional who might feel like Cassandra, Romano offers the grounded role of credible professional. She shows how to guard your back, while bravely soldiering on in complete knowledge. Her modern professional is committed to change in a job too often seen as a corporate flunky. Emotional intelligence is a powerful HR tool that can be wielded to implement codes of ethics, fair labor standards, eliminate workplace violence, and create a dynamic workplace culture.I suggest this book to modern HR professionals and their colleagues, who will certainly experience a jolt of recognition. Romano's techniques are calculated to give HR back the credibility too often denied in corporate culture. And, in the process nudge business toward the enlightened more profitable workplace we all desire.Susan Weinstein

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    An Amazingly Thorough Volume that Every HR Professional Should Read!

    The HR Toolkit should be purchased and used in every workplace. It will create a more fair, innovative and productive work environment for managers, HR professionals and workers who want to grow professionally. This book is authoritive and comprehensive. It is well organized and very nicely written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2010

    A Great Book!

    I found this book to be extremely useful and comprehensive. There is no other book like this one for human resource professionals. Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in creating and maintaining a healthy workplace environment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

    PERFECT FOR ANY BUSINESS OWNER OR HR PERSON- YOU MUST GET THIS

    Reading this book, has extrodinarily opened my eyes to the future, when I decide to hire employees. I'm self-employed, and as a business person, and I'm to assume as an HR person, this really tells you what you need to know about HR procedures. It makes you think of things, situations, possible ones, that you couldn't even think of,so I HIGHLY recommend getting this book, if you are self-employed, a business owner with employees, or an HR person. It's thorough. It's a must in your HR library, to refer back to.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    Terrible

    Poorly written, lots of incorrect facts.

    This does a reader more harm than good and will only cause them problems

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Buyer Beware

    I would caution against purchasing anything written by this author. Her writings are widely available online and have been exposed multiple times for many inaccuracies.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 19, 2011

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