The ubiquity of information is the hallmark of this age – whether you’re in business or the not-for-profit sector; whether you’re a kid or a grown-up; whether you’re in HR, finance, marketing or engineering; whether you’re the CEO, CHRO, accounting manager, marketing specialist or HR generalist. Between traditional (dying?) print sources, Wikipedia, the blogosphere, content rich websites and the usual suspects in the functional association world, there are thousands of sources – and more appearing every day – all beckoning us to turn to them as the source of up-to-date, relevant and cutting edge HR information.
In the HR world, the largest professional associations (led by SHRM, WorldatWork and ASTD) invest significantly in supplying first generation content meant to inform and educate. All three of them publish periodicals focused on keeping their members in the know and preparing them for regulatory changes, certification and greater organizational impact. Other print outlets, notably Workforce Management and HR Executive, while more limited in readership, expand the knowledge base in helpful ways.
Then there are a host of other content generators/aggregators: among them, i4cp, HCI, HR.com and the newcomer, SmartBrief on Workforce. (Truth in lending: I’ve just joined the Advisory Board of Smartbrief on Workforce.) I really enjoy this particular aggregator because it comes daily and it brings together content from sources as far and wide as Harvard Business Review, SHRM, blogs like HRRingleader and another newcomer, TLNT.
The editor, Mary Ellen Slayter, who was prominently featured in a series of video interviews broadcast online from the SHRM 2010 Annual Conference in San Diego last month, has put together a source pool that is impressive, informative and up-to-the-minute. Frankly, the combination of SHRM Online and Smartbrief on Workforce really keep me on top of things. I still have over 84 HR blogs in my Google Reader and I still subscribe to HBR, Fortune and a whole range of more traditional publications. But for my daily quick hit on what’s happening in – or to – the profession, those two are my go-to sources.
What are your go-to sources? What did I miss? Who else should we be turning to for the latest in HR? Enquiring minds (with a nod to the National Enquirer) want to know…