Press Release: The Essential HR Handbook

Authors Barbara Mitchell and Sharon Armstrong are available for interviews

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

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

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

*RESTON VA, September 8, 2008*—In 14th-century England, masons, carpenters, leather workers, and other skilled craftsmen organized themselves into guildsAithe first unions that were used to improve their work conditions. With the Industrial Revolution came divisions of labor, negotiable wages and hours, and challenging work conditions, and the owner was replaced by a new character, the boss, who was solely focused on getting the job done fast and right.

Conflict ensued and so the human resources industry was born to help set things straight, explain authors Sharon Armstrong and Barbara Mitchell in the introduction to their new book, The Essential HR Handbook: A Quick and Handy Resource for Any Manager or HR Professional.

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. They wrote the book because, as human resource professionals with decades of experience, they wanted 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 companyAiThe Millennium Group InternationalAiin 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.”


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, or to arrange an interview with the authors, please contact Hope Katz Gibbs, Inkandescent Public Relations, 703-346-6975 / EMAIL Hope.

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