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Lifelong learning is where it’s at, right? You already have your list of must-read human resources blogs, but sometimes you want to stay up-to-speed while you’re away from your screen. We’ve curated a list of the best HR podcasts to keep you informed and entertained, no matter where your day takes you.
We combed through the best in the biz (and spent a whole lot of time with our headphones on) to bring you a varied selection of new voices, tried-and-true standards, out-of-the-box thinkers, and establishment greats.
It’s a little bit of everything for your HR toolbox. But rest assured, each podcast on this list is one we’d personally recommend to a friend. Whether you’re at the gym, on your lunch break, or stuck in traffic, we’re sure you’ll find something worth a listen.
HR podcasts with a fresh perspective
Nobody wants to get stuck in a rut. We’ve started off our list with a handful of podcasts that bring new voices and fresh eyes to the world of human resources.
The voice behind the podcast: Sarah Morgan — 20+ year HR pro, blogger, and CEO of HR consulting boutique Buzz A Roony, LLC.
Why every HR pro should tune in: This new-ish monthly podcast only has a few episodes under its belt, but we’re already keeping our eye on it. If Sarah Morgan’s track record as an HR-blogging superstar is any indication, this podcast is definitely one to watch.
Creator of the #BlackBlogsMatter challenge, Sarah is on a mission to “create workplaces where employees feel safe, seen, and supported.” So far, she’s tackled mental health post-pandemic, interviewed talent management pro Janine Nicole Dennis about creating successful Employee Resource Groups, and gathered a roundtable of leaders for a discussion on workplace inclusion. Stay tuned.
Start with this episode: In this case, begin at the beginning with Episode #1: Inclusion Crusade
The voice behind the podcast: Lucinda Carney, occupational psychologist and former Head of Learning and Development at Siemens and Pfizer.
Why every HR pro should tune in: Aren’t all HR pros really just organizational psychologists in disguise? Okay, not exactly. (But maybe a little bit.) This podcast calls upon leaders “who want to elevate the way HR is perceived in their organizations by delivering real, lasting value.” It’s people ops at its core.
Start with this episode: The Wellbeing Protocol with Dr. Georgi Toma
The voice behind the podcast: Produced by TED and hosted by organizational psychologist Adam Grant.
Why every HR pro should tune in: In true TED fashion, this podcast is heavy-hitting. With a slate of expert guests and workplace innovators, it focuses on the “science of making work not suck.” After its debut in 2018, it even spent time at the top of the Apple podcast chart. Check it out.
Start with this episode: Career Decline Isn’t Inevitable
No disrespect here when we say the HR podcasts in this category are full of corporate wisdom. We say it with love.
The voice behind the podcast: Hosted by Didi D’Errico VP of Communications at Zenefits, this HR podcast features interviews between Didi and a rotating cast of guests (some internal to Zenefits and some not).
Why every HR pro should tune in: Billed as “the only podcast dedicated to small businesses sharing pivotal people moments,” this podcast is a great fit for the HR pro who struggles to get her company to see her value as a key player.
Gain insight about how to move past your role as the “onboarding and benefits lady” and into a role as a leadership partner who helps drive strategy on important topics like company values and employee-centric business practices.
Start with this episode: Building Better Engagement (Part 1 of 4)
The voice behind the podcast: Produced by Keystone Partners in partnership with NEHRA and hosted by Dave Hennessy, Senior VP at Keystone.
Why every HR pro should tune in: With Keystone’s credentials as an international career management and leadership development firm, it’s no surprise this podcast lands a slew of big-name guests. Add it to your feed and you’ll gain a fascinating window into the inner workings of fortune 500 companies. We’re talking about the likes of HR and people operations leaders at GE, Moderna, and Kronos to name a few.
Start with this episode: Jason O. Harris of American Airlines
Indie HR podcasts
Shout out to the indies! The podcasts in this section might be categorized as independent, but they represent some of the best and brightest minds in the HR field. When you’re hankering for a voice from the trenches, reach for one of these.
6. HR Famous
The voice behind the podcast: Tim Sackett, Kris Dunn, and Jessica Lee, three of the HR experts behind the FistFul of Talent blog.
Why every HR pro should tune in: Plain and simple, these three hosts are entertaining. All too many HR podcasts sound more like on-tape interviews, but this one gets the back-and-forth conversational style just right. And they’re knowledgeable to boot. Worth a listen.
Start with this episode: The Gang Reviews Their Work Habits via Microsoft MyAnalytics Reports
The voice behind the podcast: HR consultant, blogger, and speaker Sharlyn Lauby.
Why every HR pro should tune in: We love Sharlyn’s podcast for the same reason we love her blog. She knows her stuff, but she’s also super approachable and aims for a casual vibe. Named a Top HR Digital Influencer, she tackles everything from HR technology, to career durability, to recruitment success.
Start with this episode: Chris Mullen Shares Why Employees Are Not Going to Work for Companies with Outdated Technology
8. Punk Rock HR
The voice behind the blog: Blogger, author, and HR pro Laurie Ruettimann.
Why every HR pro should tune in: Laurie’s goal is to “fix work.” It’s why she left a long career in corporate America and it’s why she produces this HR podcast. The range of on-point topics, combined with Laurie’s engaging interview style make this a must-listen.
Start with this episode: In a recent Biteable blog article about remote communication hacks we featured wisdom from Erica Dhawan, so you know we had to recommend this podcast episode: Mastering Digital Body Language with Erica Dhawan.
The voice behind the blog: Jessica Miller-Merrell, founder of workology.com.
Why every HR pro should tune in: Workology calls itself “a podcast for the disruptive workplace”. Jessica has her pulse on workplace trends and she shares these insights freely with knowledgeable guests and timely topics like social justice in the workplace, and the role of the CHRO and people analytics.
Start with this episode: AI and Workplace Inclusion With John Robinson, President & CEO of OurAbility.com
10. DriveThru HR
The voice behind the blog: Hosts Chrystal Miller Lay, Robin Schooling, Dwayne Lay, and Mike Vandervort
Why every HR pro should tune in: Meant to be a bite-sized lunchtime listen (pun definitely intended), this podcast tackles the gamut of HR topics in an engaging style. If you are an HR team of one, spend your lunch hour gabbing with these pros.
Start with this episode: Responding to Business Interruptions with Kari Davidson
Technology and innovation in HR
It’s high time human resources was recognized as an innovative field that moves the needle. If that sounds like something you shout into the abyss on a regular basis, give these podcasts a listen.
The voice behind the podcast: Produced by myHRfuture and hosted by David Green of Insight 222.
Why every HR pro should tune in: Digital HR Leaders bills itself as a must-listen for professionals who are “driving transformation in their organizations.” If you are the type of leader who always looks to push the boundaries with new HR tools, digital hacks, and future-focused processes, this podcast is for you.
Start with this episode: How Does AT&T Link Business Transformation, Culture, and Performance Management?
The voice behind the podcast: Clarissa Peterson of the HR Certification Institute and Jeff Lesher of SHIFT.
Why every HR pro should tune in: As we’ve said before (and we’ll say again) — human resources doesn’t always get the credit it deserves as a leader that drives companies forward. If you are known for your forward-thinking style, check out this podcast.
Start with this episode: Love as a Business Strategy
The voice behind the podcast: Produced by iOFFICE, experts in agile office spaces and employee experience planning.
Why every HR pro should tune in: If facilities management and human resources had a baby, it would be this podcast. Perfect for anyone who nerds out about designing more employee-centric workplaces or anyone who just wants a fresh perspective.
Start with this episode: Workplace Wellness From the Inside
The voice behind the podcast: Talent acquisition pro Matt Alder.
Why every HR pro should tune in: With topics ranging from employer branding, to recruiting automation, to workplace culture, this podcast focuses its lens on “innovation and futurology in recruiting.” Need we say more?
Start with this episode: Employer Branding Trends
The best of the rest
Last but not least, these HR podcasts offer a little something for everyone.
15. HR Happy Hour
The voice behind the podcast: Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane, the co-founder and the CEO (respectively) of H3 HR Advisors.
Why every HR pro should tune in: Billed as the longest-running HR podcast (with 500+ episodes and counting!) HR Happy Hour had this whole thing figured out before the rest of us.
Human resources veterans Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane focus on HR, management, leadership, and workforce tech. (Steve is also the program chair for the HR Technology Conference.) If you want top-tier guests and a wide range of topics, load this one on your playlist.
Start with this episode: Reinventing the Organization
The voice behind the podcast: Produced by TalentCulture and hosted by Meghan M. Biro.
Why every HR pro should tune in: Sure, we love this podcast for its knowledgeable HR pro host and its string of first-class guests. But most of all, we love how each episode is paired with a Twitter chat featuring that week’s guest. If only we could all engage our employees the way this podcast engages it’s audience!
Start with this episode: How to Build Employment Value with Better Benefits
17. Honest HR
The voice behind the podcast: Produced by the Society for Human Resources Management and co-hosted by Gloria Sinclair Miller, Amber Clayton, and Wendy Fong.
Why every HR pro should tune in: This podcast is geared toward HR professionals, people managers, and team leads who want to grow in their field. The focus on learning makes sense, considering it’s produced by SHRM. And the heavy-hitting topics live up to that promise.
But the real kicker? SHRM-certified listeners receive recert credits for listening to select podcasts in the series. Earn recert credits while you’re out walking your dog? Yes, please.
Start with this episode: Heather Myers on Communicating in a New Era of Work
The voice behind the podcast: Produced by HR Gazette, with a rotating cast of hosts.
Why every HR pro should tune in: In production since 2016, this is one of the most popular and prolific HR podcasts out there. With new episodes dropping several times each week, there are plenty of topics to choose from.
Listen to interviews with thought leaders like Simon Sinek and top professionals from the likes of IBM, NASA, and Shopify.
Start with this episode: Future Proofing the Talent Pipeline with John Morgan, LHH
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