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Employment Bites is split into 21 (UK Edition) and 26 (NZ edition) easy-to-manage bite-sized chunks, each one dealing with one particular area of HR. The chapters are as follows:


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Employment Bites and now HR Management Bites is a how to guide for anyone who works in HR.  Rather than a text book, you’ll find real examples of how to apply HR in the real world, with practical suggestions, tools and techniques.

First published in New Zealand in 2010 by HarperCollins, Employment Bites became a best seller. The UK edition was launched in 2017 and on in 2019 the global edition, renamed HR Management Bites will be released.

Employment Bites Contents

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Bite 1 What is HR?  The good, the bad and the ugly.

Bite 2 Essential Employment Law (NZ only): Legislation you must know

Bite 3 Health and Safety (NZ only): The processes you need to keep people safe

Bite 4 Writing HR / People Plans: How to help your business succeed

Bite 5 Attracting Candidates: Getting the right people to apply

Bite 6 Successful Selection: Choosing the right people to employ

Bite 7 Easy Employment Agreements (NZ only): How to make them shipshape & watertight

Bite 8 Ingenious Induction: Bringing your new employees on board

Bite 9 Perfect HR Policies: How to have the right policies in place

Bite 10 HR Analytics: Big & small metrics to measure & plan

Bite 11 Wonderful Wellness: Healthy employee equal a healthy business

Bite 12 Perfect Performance Reviews: How to set up the right system to measure

Bite 13 Clever Competencies: Models for measuring skills, experience & knowledge


Bite 14 Learning & Development (NZ only): How to grow employee and managers skills

Bite 15 Succession, Talent Management & Career Development: Tapping into and managing your key employees

Bite 16 Workforce Planning: It’s not just about ‘bums on seats’

Bite 17 Remuneration & Benefits: It’s all dollars and sense

Bite 18 Inventive Incentives: Designing bonus and incentive schemes

Bite 19 Recognition & Rewards: With or without a budget!

Bite 20 Delivering Diversity: Why and how to make your company diverse

Bite 21 Managing Change: Making your changes work

Bite 22 Culture & Engagement: If you build it they will come…..

Bite 23 Restructuring & Redundancy: Supporting your company through difficult times

Bite 24 Disciplinary Issues: Supporting managers & dealing with challenges

Bite 25 Termination & Dismissals: When the exit sign glows

Bite 26 HR Technology: The top HR technology tools to use

Employment Bites Book Review

Angela Atkins is the author of the popular and helpful Management Bites which I reviewed in the November 2009 issue of Employment Today.

The earlier book was aimed at line managers, breaking people management into easily digestible chunks and explaining how to do each step. It is a wonderful resource for an HR practitioner as you can use relevant sections of the book to help coach the managers you are working with.

This new book has a different intended audience. It is written directly for the HR professional, to guide our own practice. As before, the book is divided up into individual sections, each covering a separate area of HR expertise and giving the basic “how to’s” of that topic.

As I have a background in psychology and analysis, I am more than comfortable with the organisational development and HRIS/metrics side of human resource management. However, employment relations is an area I want to grow in technically, and I look for easy-to-read, straightforward guides to practice. This book is a perfect tool. It gives me a simple, no-nonsense approach to managing workforce performance issues and gives a sense of control in what is very often a chaotic environment.

Another feature of the book is the use of developmental exercises. I found this really useful as it helped me to focus in on some areas that I need to focus on and grow. I recommend that you take the time to do these exercises as you will get the benefits.

Whatever your strengths, and whatever your developmental needs in HR, you will find something to help you in this book. Written for the New Zealand employment environment, it is practical, warm and very human. Go out and buy a copy for yourself and one for your HR group. While you are at it, add in a copy of Atkins’s earlier book (Management Bites) and you will have the perfect reference set.


About Angela Atkins

Angela Atkins has worked in HR and Learning & Development for over 20 years within local government, tertiary, retail, contact centres & the financial services sectors.

In 2007 she co-founded Elephant Group. Elephant provide HR, payroll and L&D training and conferences. In 2016 Angela relocated to the UK to launch Elephant, and then in 2017 to California to launch Elephant in the USA. She now splits her time between the countries.

Angela is also the author of the NZ best-selling business books:


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