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One Foot Out the Door: Required Reading for HR Strategists

One Foot Out the Door: Required Reading for HR Strategists

by Frank Roche on October 18, 2007

in Books

One Foot Out the Door CoverShort review: If you’re an HR strategist, buy One Foot Out the Door right away. Go ahead…I’ll wait.

Okay, You’re Back
You know how there are so many business books written that have a sorta-kinda clever phrase that they spend an entire book trying to pound into your head? Or when a good article gets stretched to make it book length? I hate wasting my time with that kind of stuff. So, when I read “Psychological Recession” on the cover of this book I was worried. Then I started reading. Worries allayed. Big time.

A Definition of Psychological Recession
Author Judith Bardwick outlines “Psychological Recession” this way:

Definition: A Psychological Recession is an emotional state in which people feel extremely vulnerable to economic hardship, leading to a dour view of the present and an even bleaker view of the future, which more often is not based on current reality. This gloomy mindset reinforces people’s perception of the world as a risky place in which they have little or no control. Anxiety, depression, and a sense of being powerless are a poisonous mix.

In an era when people are talking about employee engagement and commitment, Psychological Recession works to counter those ideas. Layoffs and the lack of job stability (we all know people who have been out of work) add up to a real problem.

Required Reading for HR Strategists
If you’re an HR strategist, you need to read this book. Dr. Bardwick, who was a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan and is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, did the workplace research for you and presents facts and figures from dozens of seminal employee motivation studies. You could pay a consulting firm a ton of money to compile this information, or you could just plop down 20 bucks and have it one convenient volume.

I don’t say this lightly, but if you’re in HR and don’t read this book you’re really missing out. (I’ve felt that way about Bob Sutton’s The No Asshole Rule and Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist. They’re essential reading.)

Free Webinar on Oct. 24
AMA is offering a free webcast on Oct. 24, 2007 for One Foot Out the Door where Judith Bardwick will discuss her book. Click here to register.

One Foot Out the Door: How to Combat the Psychological Recession That’s Alienating Employees and Hurting American Business
Publisher: AMACOM
Pub. Date: October 2007
ISBN-13: 9780814480588
Amazon. B&N.

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