At Officevibe, we try our best to educate and inform as many people as we possibly can. Our mission is to change the world of work for the better, we want everyone to enjoy their lives at work.

We’re not alone in this mission, and there are many people that are helping to make work better for everyone.

We’ve compiled a list of 25 HR influencers. These people are using their power to help educate and inform, and we learn from these people all the time.

This list is in no particular order, and if your name isn’t on the list and you thought it should be, I apologize, and encourage you to continue doing great work.

Shawn Murphy

shawn murphy from switch and shift
As CEO and Co-founder of Switch And Shift, Shawn is on a mission to make work more human. What’s interesting about Switch and Shift is that it’s more of a platform with a network of writers sharing their thoughts, which amplifies the message of the human side of business much more. He is also a speaker and runs a podcast called Work That Matters.

Meghan Biro

meghan biro from talentculture
If you’ve read an article about employee engagement online, there’s a very good chance it was written by Meghan. Besides being the CEO of TalentCulture and hosting the popular #TChat radio show, she writes for Forbes, Entrepreneur magazine, and Huffington Post. Her Wednesday night #TChat’s are incredibly active, and she explores new HR topics every week.

Josh Bersin

josh bersin from deloitte
If this HR influencers list was in any particular order, Josh might be in the number one spot. As the founder and principal of Bersin by Deloitte Josh’s research on employee engagement is helping everyone understand what truly matters. His insights and articles on Linkedin, Forbes, and Deloitte’s blog are not to be missed.

George Larocque

george larocque from hrwins
You probably know George from the #HRWins award that he founded, which looks out for hot HR companies that you need to know about. He’s also the owner of the InfluenceHR event, which is an interesting conference on how CEO’s, CMO’s and other executives can influence HR.

David Hassell

david hassell from 15five
David Hassell is the CEO of 15Five, an amazing tool for employee feedback. The premise is, employees take 15 minutes to fill out a report of what they did this week, and managers can quickly read the results in five minutes. That frequent communication between employees and managers is so important for engagement.

David Niu

david niu from tinypulse
David is the CEO of TINYpulse, the easiest way to measure employee happiness. TINYpulse is so easy to use and set up, and gives you amazing insight into the mood of your employees. TINYpulse, like Officevibe, is on a mission to make work better.

Ben Peterson

ben peterson from bamboohr
Ben is the co-founder and CEO of BambooHR, one of the most popular HR software’s on the market, and has a pretty impressive list of clients. Ben has a pretty laid back attitude, but his passion for HR is obvious.

Laszlo Bock

laszlo bock from google
SVP of People Operations at Google. No other company is as scientific with their HR department as Google is. The insights that Laszlo shares through his writing is incredibly valuable for anyone in HR.

Ram Charan

ram bharan from hbr
Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies including GE, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, and Verizon. He also has written for Harvard Business Review, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time, and USA TODAY.

William Tincup

will tincup from keyinterval
Will is the principal analyst at Key Interval research, and is one of the most knowledgeable people about HR tech in the industry. Hes’ very active on Twitter, sharing amazing insights about company culture.

Lou Adler

lou adler linkedin influencer
Lou is known as the original headhunter, having been in the industry for 30 years. He is an Linkedin Influencer, and writes many insightful posts about hiring and gives great advice for job seekers. He’s also the author of The Essential Guide For Hiring and Being Hired. If you’re a recruiter, or you’re looking for a job, start following him.

Judith Sherven

judith sherven consultant
Judith and her husband Jim work and write together (really cute) about leadership. Judith writes for LinkedIn as an Influencer inspiring managers to engage their team members across wide-ranging topics from self-branding and professional authority to Overcoming the Fear of Being Fabulous – the program Judith & Jim trademarked and has been called “the missing link in personal and professional development.”

Liz Ryan

liz ryan from human workplace
Liz is the founder and CEO of Human Workplace. She writes about leadership, personal branding, recruiting, HR practices and life in the new-millennium workplace on Businessweek, Forbes, the Huffington Post, and Harvard Business Review.

Jeanne Meister

jeanne meister from future workplace
Jeanne is a partner at Future Workplace, a consulting firm. She also co-authored 2020 Workplace, and regularly writes for Forbes. Trust me when I say you’ll want to read her articles on Forbes.

Lee Burbage

lee burbage from motley fool
Again, if this list was in any order Lee could arguably be number one. Lee is the “Chief People Fool” at the Motley Fool. Motley Fool consistently wins best place to work from, so he definitely deserves a spot on this list.

Heather Huhman

heather huhman from come recommended
Heather is an expert in Gen-Y and entry-level career topics. She’s also the founder of Come Recommended, a PR firm dedicated solely to HR tech, which is an exploding industry. She regularly blogs for Forbes, Mashable, and other big websites.

Jeff Haden

jeff haden from inc
One of the most active writers in HR, Jeff regularly writes for Inc magazine, and is a Linkedin Influencer. His articles get syndicated to many other publications, so he’s spreading a powerful message. He’s also a ghostwriter, and has written more than 50 books, including six Amazon Business and Investing No. 1’s, along with hundreds of articles and reports.

Ilya Pozin

ilya pozin from entrepreneur
Ilya is an entrepreneur, writer and investor. He is the founder of Pluto.TV, Open Me, and Ciplex. He is a columnist for Forbes, Inc., LinkedIn and TheNextWeb. In 2012, Inc. Magazine recognized Ilya as a ’30 Under 30′ Entrepreneur. In 2013, LinkedIn selected Ilya as one of 100 Top Influencers.

Ron Friedman

ron friedman hr influencer
Ron Friedman, Ph.D. is a social psychologist who specializes in human motivation. He is the author of The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace, and writes regularly for FastCompany, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review. He also founded Ignite80, a consulting firm helping leaders build extraordinary workplaces.

Jim Harter

jim harter from gallup
It would be silly of me not to include Jim on a list of influential people in HR. Jim is the Chief Scientist at Gallup. Not much more needs to be said.

Suzanne Lucas

suzanne lucas real evil hr lady
Suzanne regularly writes for Inc magazine and her own blog, Evil HR Lady. Evil because HR has been known to be evil, but she’s here to help. She’s also very active on Twitter, and provides great resources for anyone interested in HR.

Kevin Kruse

author kevin kruse
Kevin is a NY Times bestselling author, Forbes columnist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker on leadership, and was named to the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders list by Trust Across America.

Joel Gascoigne

joel gascoigne from buffer
While not specifically in the HR industry, Joel definitely deserves to be on this HR influencers list. Joel is the co-founder and CEO of Buffer, a company that is redefining what it means to be transparent, publishing everything from salaries to term sheets. The Buffer blog is one of the best resources for how to build an amazing company culture.

Aneel Bhusri

aneel bhusri from workday
Aneel is the co-founder and CEO of Workday, one of the biggest HR software’s out there. In addition to his role at Workday, Aneel serves on the boards of Intel, Cloudera, Okta, Pure Storage, and Tipping Point Community. Before co-founding Workday in 2005, Aneel held a number of leadership positions at PeopleSoft.

Steve Boese

steve boese from hr tech
Steve is the co-chair of the popular HR Technology Conference, and the host of the HR Happy Hour Show and Podcast. He also contributes to Fistful of Talent and HR Executive Magazine.
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These HR Influencers Are Making Work Better

Remember, this list was in no particular order, they’re all equally important people in my mind.

Did we miss anyone? Who else would you have added to the list? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @Officevibe.