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Top 100+ Online HR Tools & Resources for HR Professionals

Vedika Nathani
January 9, 2014

If you are one of our kind (that is to say, a human resources manager) or if you are a newborn (just stepping into the HR world), then perhaps you have a huge load of work on your plate and lots and lots of queries.

Because of the gamut of talent among the workforce due to digital transformation, HR has upgraded its position from backend operations to a frontier function. Business leaders are thus realizing the importance of retaining quality candidates for the success of their business.

Since sound judgment may have a sidestep, you can always use an abundance of HR tools available at your disposal for business processes. These tools will not only help you become a master in your field but also save your time and energy.

So, if there are times when you feel the need for a third umpire or an agony aunt, or a reporter on the current happenings in the HR world, or simply a fellow kinsman to chat with, then be sure to lay your eyes upon this “rescue” list.

Listed here are some useful online HR tools and online resources for everyone having anything to do with HR:

A. The TOP Websites for every HR:

1) CiteHR

A site for all the HR people to share, advise, ask, and read everything related to human resources. If you are looking for a medium to reach out to a massive urban population, this is the right platform for you.

2) HR World

A resource and community for HR professionals working in a startup, midsize businesses, or an MNC, providing them with in-depth content. They believe in the logic of simplifying the equation of your most valuable asset: your people.

3) Workers Compensation

A centre for regulatory and compliance information for the worker’s compensation industry. it has been in the industry since 1999, simplifying workforce management.

4) CompareHRIS

It is a web application with an SQL database that contains in-depth information about the unique features and options of human resource software applications on the market.

5) LawLogix

Through its electronic I-9 compliance, E-verify, and immigration case management, lawlogix has been able to benefit millions of people in human resource management.

6) Bersin Lexicon

If you are confused about the basic terms and processes in the HR domain, the Bersin lexicon platform is the perfect solution for you.

7) HR Knowledge Base

This forum is for finding answers, solving HR queries, legal compliances, customized HR products, free and low-cost resources, etc.

8) HRM Asia

With their print magazine, digital content, and world-class events, they provide a platform of thought-leading HR discussions and information of varied types.

9) Leadersdirect

This platform redefines the definition of leadership where it can be bottom-up as well as top-down.

10) Metro Nirvana

A wellness provider catering to organizations and individuals aiming to bring wellness to the company culture.

11) Labour Law Reporter

A monthly journal for human resource professionals where articles, notes, and comments are published on recent cases.

12) BLR

Business and learning resources (BLR) provides contemporary education solutions designed to aid organizational development by providing training to improve employee performance.

13) Entrepreneur

An HR guide for entrepreneurs with tips on training the employee, for employee engagement, manage, and hire employees.

Associations /Societies HR Professionals Must Join

14) The HR Club

With more than 7 years of experience, this club aims at providing HR-related information to the hr managers and helps the job seekers find the job they are looking for.

15) National HRD

It aims to supplement knowledge and skills relevant to human resource professionals.

16) HRindiaonline.com

The first government recognized online media providing business-critical information, analysis, expert views, etc.

17) India HR Forum

If you are looking for modern HR professional information, the India HR forum is the perfect place for you.

18) Management Paradise

It is one of the biggest communities for management students to find like-minded people from similar educational programs o accomplish self goals.  

19) American Society For Training And Development

Providing CPLP certification, it is a leading association for leadership development enhancing their skills and techniques.

20) International Society for Performance Improvement

Offering CPT certification, it is a non-profit membership organization that uses evidence-based performance improvement research for career development in all sectors.

21) SHRM

One of the largest associations in the world for HR (with 250,000+ members) that offers everything related to HR along with chapters to leadership and career development, managerial, decision making, and public speaking skills.

22) International Public Management Association for Human Resources

Since 1906, they have been a constant resource of timely updates of all news related to the HR industry.

23) FedEE

A support organization for HR professionals in MNCs that also provides employment law data, labour market trends, HR professional development guides, and an advice line.

24) North American Human Resource Management Association

With over 300,000 members, this association facilitates the interests of HR professionals by improving the quality and effectiveness of the current employee workforce.

25) World Federation of People Management Associations

A global organization aimed at bringing HR professionals together from various national associations.

26) ASHHRA

It is the nation's only membership organization catering to the interests of healthcare HR professionals.

27) Business Intelligence

It Provides reports and business analysis to various organizations on critical business projects.

Tools/Services HR Professionals Must Use

28. sumHR:

sumHR is an HRMS Software which transforms an HR representative into an HR hero. sumHR helps Small and Medium businesses to move past paperwork, spreadsheets, and outdated software. With sumHR's HR Software, HR's can create a tasteful employee experience, track attendance, and leaves, define and manage goals, generate and schedule reports, and so much more.

29) HR Certification Institute

Offering HR certification in PHR, SPHR, GPHR, and SPHR-CA, it is a credited learning organization for human resource professionals.

30) CIPD

An independent and not-for-profit organization for HR professionals and people development. It is the only body in the world that can award Chartered status to HR and L&D professionals.

31) Janta Khoj

The job of background checks of candidates becomes easier with this medium which uses technology to solve complex problems related to background checks.

32) KnowledgeStorm

A top-ranked online search resource for technology solutions and information.

33) Businessballs.com

It is home to all factors related to leadership, management, and personal effectiveness aiming to make you more efficient as a person.

34) United States Department Of Labor

If you have any labour law-related queries or you need information regarding jobs, safety or any workforce-related information, this forum is the best solution.

35) FindTheBest

It helps in comparing various services offering background checks.

36) Free Management Library

A free library that provides online articles for individuals, groups, and organizations.

37) KPI Library

It is a crowd-sourced repository of key performance indicator definitions.

38) J.J. Keller

They aim at providing safety and human resources products and services.

39) Free Plan Templates

They help in planning templates for just about every HR function.

40) HR Learning Centre

It is a human resource consulting firm that provides employment law training, human resource training, etc including laws related to unlawful or sexual harassment in the workplace.

41) National Labor Relations Board

It is a forum that is responsible for the administrations of law governing regulations between unions and employers in the private sector.

42) Vector Group

A global management consulting firm (focuses on identifying and resolving challenges faced by SMBs and MNCs across many industries) that provides free resources.

43) HR.com

A job board for all HR professionals to meet and network where guidance and tools are available to help HR professionals.

Blogs/Articles HR Professionals Must Read

44) Creativity At Work

They aim at bringing a multi-disciplinary approach by anchoring art-based practices to boost workplace creativity.

45) International HR Forum

It is a collaboration of 9 organizations that have joined to share their expertise on issues related to international HR.

46) Evil HR Lady

With 10 years of experience in HR, this writer has worked for a Fortune 500 Corp and also has a huge list of HR blogs and resources on her website.

47) The Cynical Girl

This is a unique Blogspot about HR and recruiting with a tinge of humor but pretty thought-provoking nonetheless.

48) Women Of HR

Aimed at the development of women in the HR profession that has great information on how to navigate through the world of HR.

49) HR Hero

Offers articles focused on employees, employers, recruiters, etc, in addition to legal advice and compliance tools.

50) HBR Blog Network

The very well-known Harvard Business Review offers articles and resources on everything business-centric (including HR).

51) Human Resources.About.com

Has various articles on every aspect of HR right from how to recruit a candidate to how to retain employees and everything in between.

52) sumHR Blog:

sumHR's blogs are designed to provide Aspiring & Experienced HR Managers with content, resources & e-books to excel in the field of HR. Learn how you can effectively manage your workforce with our blog content.

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53) Operations Inc

Mr HR has advice and tips on carrying out responsibilities of an HR efficiently, training employees on proper safety, and health measures.

54) Systematic HR

An intersection of HR and technology, this blog deals with innovations in the field of HR.

55) HR Bartender

The writer shares her insights, views, and opinions on HR, workplace cultures, and tips on creating an environment conducive to the organization’s success.

56) HR Minion

A funny take on the views, experiences, and insights of an HR employee on the various aspects of the field and ways on how to go about stuff.

57) HR Ring Leader

An out-of-the-box blog encouraging HR personnel to innovate the HR-Employee-Client relationship and also offers advice on making presentations more interesting.

58) Lean HR

It has anecdotes on the world of HR and provides employees and managers with a great learning perspective.

59) The Tim Sackett Project

With 18 years of experience, the writer’s blog is about his collected wisdom from his colleagues, his family, and in total from the field of HR.

60) No Excuses HR

Aims at helping its readers to take action and steps on making the workplace better by dealing with problems hands-on.

61) Unconventional HR

A veteran with 25 years of experience, the writer shares her insights on every aspect of the HR industry.

62) Lance Haun’s Blog

A community director for ERE Media, the writer shares his thoughts and strategies to help the less experienced HR personnel.

63) Lisa Rosendahl’s Blog

With 20 years of experience, the writer shares her experiences and insights on her blog.

64) Ask A Manager

An interactive blog that answers questions asked by its readers and provides useful insights.

65) SBA.Gov

This blog gives advice to small enterprises providing them council, capital, and expertise.

66) HR Zone

It is an online destination that provides human resource development theories for HR professionals.

67) Open Education Europa Blogs

The blog post features a list of 183 Learning Management Systems.

68) HR Outsourcing Basics

Basics on outsourcing HR functions for businesses that do not have time to carry out the HR functions internally.

69) HRM Today

It is a forum that gives you access to quality blogs, articles, webinars which can also be downloaded.  They curate the content according to your needs to become modern HR professionals.

70) Salt And Light

Confused about how to become an outstanding HR professional candidate? Here you will find a list of 30 tips on being one.

71) HR Coffee Talk

It consists of blogs and interviews by well-known HR professionals.

72) I Wish I Knew: HR Professionals Give Advice to Their Younger Selves

A useful article for young HR professionals to get hands-on advice.

73) Steve Boese’s HR Technology

Steve Boese is the program chair and host of the HR Technology Conference and is a frequent author and speaker on human resources, human technology, and human resource business processes.

74) Slaves Inc Blog

The author of this blog believes that humour is important to spice up life more so the workspace. This is why it is a spread of workplace humour.

75) Personnel Today

Published by DVV Media International, this forum provides you with articles on everything related to HR, digital HR, labour laws, or HR jobs.

Books HR Professionals Must Have

76) Games People Play

Written by Eric Berne, this book draws a relationship between human behaviour and its effect on the organization and provides suggestions and insights on how to combat various challenges at the workplace.

77) The Empowered Manager

The book outlines the presence of politics at work and how it can have a positive effect on the professional development of an individual, and also argues that politics, if practised in the right manner, can actually be empowering.

78) First Break All The Rules

The book is aimed at giving a fresh approach to the various nuances of business and encourages out-of-the-box thinking for overcoming hardships.

79) The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide For Managers And Human Resources Professionals

As the name suggests, the book answers questions every employer faces with changing economy, trends, and new challenges.

80) The Leadership Lessons Of The Navy SEALs: Battle-tested Strategies For Creating Successful Organizations And Inspiring Extraordinary Results

The book consists of real-life stories from the military and business world and is a great morale booster for increasing productivity.

81) Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap… And Others Don’t

A good book for managers and CEOs with examples and stories of excellence and failures.

82) Execution: The Discipline Of Getting Things Done

The book shows how to get jobs done and deliver results, regardless of you being an entry-level employee or someone running an entire company.

83) The Five Patterns Of Extraordinary Careers: The Guide For Achieving Success And Satisfaction

The book explores the reasons why some people like Lou Gerstner, Senator Elizabeth Dole, Dan Rosenweig, etc reach pinnacles of glory and while others, equally talented, failed to reach their maximum potential.

84) Getting Things Done: The Art Of Stress-Free Productivity

The book aims at improving your personal productivity and accomplishing targets without fretting.

85) Flight Of The Buffalo: Soaring To Excellence

A book on employee empowerment and how encouraging your employees to their maximum potential can enable the organization to soar to heights.

86) New Pioneers: Man and Women Who Are Transforming the Workplace

The author has studied companies from 30 states and brought forth an analysis on which new approaches are creating business success.

87) 1501 Ways To Reward Employees

The book lists out the many opportunities you have every day to reward and appraise your employees.

LinkedIn Groups HR Professionals Must Join

88) Linked: HR

The largest professional group on LinkedIn, as an HR professional, being a part of this community is important.

89) The Recruiter Network

Networking and informational resource for HR and recruiting professionals and aims at elevating the Human Capital industry.

90) HR Professionals

The group has members at various levels, right from students to senior HR managers who discuss various aspects of HR.

91) Corporate Recruiters

A leading group for recruiters and helps connect them to share ideas and leverage Linkedin’s potential in hiring.

92) Networked Recruiter

A group dedicated to expanding your professional network and sharing best practices in the field of recruiting.

93) Human Resources Professionals Worldwide

A networking group for corporate HR professionals all over the world.

94) HR And Talent Management Executive

Provides a platform to exchange research and best practices in recruiting, performance, compensations, benefits, etc.

95) Twitter, Google Plus, And Facebook For Sourcing And Recruiting

A group dedicated to people interested in finding appropriate and skilled candidates through social media.

Magazines / Publications HR Professionals Must Read

96) People Matters

A leading knowledge and media platform in the HR space that provides information, best practices, trends, and industry news.

97) Business Manager

Started in 1998, the Business Manager is focused on HR and IR issues and aims at making HR managers fully equipped to deal with practical problems.

98) Human Capital

India’s first business HR magazine launched in 1997 reflecting vies, opinions, ideas, best practices, and current trends in HR.

99) The HR Director

A publication that provides in-depth HR analysis, HR strategies, current news, etc to HR directors and senior HR managers.

100) SHRM HR Magazine

An SHRM publication that you can subscribe to, irrespective of being an SHRM member.

We’ve tried to list out as many important and useful resources as possible. If there are any you think we missed out on, feel free to mention them in the comments below.

Also, if you are an HR professional wanting to shed off your load of work, why not give sumHR a try!

[Note: The listed items are not numbered in terms of their relevance or ranking. The numbers are solely for ease of reading purposes.]
Written by
Vedika Nathani
Vedika is a marketing intern at sumHR. Her educational background in management studies and social media internship her to get a keen insight into the marketing field.
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