Book PR: The Essential HR Handbook [The Press Release]

Authors Barbara Mitchell and Sharon Armstrong are available for interviews

Contact: Hope Katz Gibbs
Inkandescent Public Relations
703-346-6975 / EMAIL Hope

Looking for an affordable, special gift to give this holiday season? Every manager and HR professional will love this $15 book

RESTON VA, November 1, 2008 — In these tough economic times, HR professionals and managers alike need a guide to help them create and keep positive relationships with employees, and develop attractive and fair compensation packages. That’s why the Essential HR Handbook is the perfect gift this holiday season.

This 250-page reference guide, published in the fall of 2008 by Career Press, is a must-have for everyone who deals with employees on a daily basis, believe Mitchell and Armstrong, who wrote the book to shed light on the issues that keep managers up at night.

“Human resource professionals are not only charged with resolving labor issues,” explains Mitchell, who worked for Marriott Corporation and several technology firms in the Washington DC area before launching her own company — The Millennium Group International — n 1998. “We also help acquire, train, appraise, and make sure employees are fairly compensated, while attending to their concerns about labor relations, health and safety, and fairness.”

“It’s a big job, but we make it easier by outlining guidelines and best practice recommendations in the 12 chapters of our book,” adds Armstrong, who began her career in human resources in 1985 as a recruiter/trainer in a large Manhattan law firm before launching Sharon Armstrong and Associates in 2000. “Whether you are a newly promoted manager, a seasoned business owner, or a human resources professional, knowing the ins and outs of dealing with HR issues is critical to your success.”


With this easy-to-read paperback, you’ll learn how to effectively and efficiently:
• Individually manage each employee, starting on his or her first day.
• Manage a multi-generational workforce.
• Appraise job performance.
• Coach and counsel.
• Provide equitable pay, benefits, and total rewards strategies.
• Minimize legal risk.


“Finally, a complete, clear, and concise book that covers every essential element of that mix of art and science we call HR,” says Joe Calloway, author of Work Like You’re Showing Off. “It’s 100% applicable to the real-world challenges faced by today’s HR manager or business owner.”

“This should be required reading for all owners of growing businesses and new managers launching their careers,” adds Stephen J. O’Connor, senior director of staffing, ESPN Inc. “Seasoned HR professionals will also find value in this quick guide to the essentials of managing people.”

“This book is easy to use, and full of solid advice and information from diversity to interviews to legal issues,” notes Chester Elton, co-author of The Carrot Principle. “If you are HR professional, you should have this book at the ready every day.”


Sharon Armstrong began her career in human resources in 1985 as a recruiter/trainer in a large Manhattan law firm. Since launching her own consulting business in 2000, she has provided training and completed HR projects for hundreds of clients. Sharon is also the author of Stress-free Performance Appraisals, which she co-wrote in 2003 with Madelyn Appelbaum.

Barbara Mitchell, a human resources professional and former co-owner of The Millennium Group International, LLC, is a frequent speaker on HR topics. Much of her business career was spent in leadership positions at Marriott International and several technology companies in Washington DC.
Both authors live in the Washington, D.C. area.

• List Price: $14.99
• Paperback: 224 pages
• Publisher: Career Press (August 1, 2008)
• Language: English
ISBN-10: 1564149900 / ISBN-13: 978-1564149909
• Product Dimensions: 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.7 inches
• Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

FOR MORE INFORMATION, and to arrange an interview with the authors, please contact Hope Katz Gibbs, Inkandescent Public Relations, 703-346-6975 / email:

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