The Ultimate Guide to the Best HR Podcasts [2019 Update]

If you are around passionate and ambitious people, the probability that you’ve heard the phrase “I wish there were more hours in a day” is very high. Successful leaders are constantly looking for HR podcasts to quickly absorb new information to make sure they can bring the right tools and strategies to their organization.

In a world where trends are fluidly changing and new information is thrown at us at light speed, we have to find ways to stay on top of things. And what better way to do so than using time effectively? With this list of joyful and informative podcasts, you can take full advantage of your commute to work, lunch break, and teeth-brushing routine.

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We know that you are looking to be the most successful HR and People Ops professional you can possible be. And that is why we have compiled a list of the best HR podcasts–including recommendations from influential thought leaders in the industry–to make sure that we are feeding your ambition with the right HR information.

  1. CIPD 
  2. DriveThru HR
  3. HBR IdeaCast
  4. Hiring Success Podcast 
  5. HR Break Room
  6. HRchat Podcast
  7. HR Happy Hour 
  8. HR Heroes
  9. HR Leaders Podcast 
  10. HR Studio Podcast
  11. HR Works
  12. Resources for Humans 
  13. Road Warrior Radio
  14. RTW Nation 
  15. Nine-to-Thrive HR
  16. The HR Social Hour Half Hour Podcast 
  17. TotalPicture 
  18. WorkLife 

Whether you’re fresh out of college, a mid-level manager, or a CEO, you’ll be inspired by the thoughts and advice offered by these podcasts. Here it is, the list in alphabetical order:

1. CIPD

Host: CIPD
About: Often referred as the “professional body for HR and people development.” This podcast offers the voice of a worldwide community of members who are committed to championing better work and working lives. Since the series for this podcast began, hundreds of people have taken a turn in the podcast hot seat and CIPD has charted the ebb and flow of an HR profession that’s fast-evolving into an innovative powerhouse.
Favorite episode: “Handling harassment: are you getting it right?”: With scrutiny high and both employees and consumers demanding more transparent business practices, it is essential that HR teams have appropriate policies, processes, and practices in place. Julie Dennis, ACAS, talks about how you can best handle harassment claims and the future of non-disclosure agreements.
Recommended by Carly Kastel, Talent Management Generalist at Midaxo.

2. DriveThru HR

Host: Mike Van Dervort and Robin Schooling
About: An easy-to-digest discourse that covers topics important to HR professionals. Each 30-minute episode features a guest speaker who shares their knowledge and experience in human resources. Our hosts and special guest cover a wealth of topics, including HR Technology, Recruiting, Talent Management, Leadership, Organizational Culture and Strategic HR, every Tuesday at 12:00 pm Central Time.
Favorite episode: The Non-Obvious Guide to Employee Engagement”: In the realm of topics that just won’t go away there is “employee engagement;” where the hosts continue to talk, discuss, and debate. Guests of the week, Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant, think there is something “new” to say. Listen to engage in the discussion: Why culture is more important than engagement and what the relationship is between the two. Learn how to define employee engagement in a way that connects directly to what makes your organization and your employees more successful.

3. HBR IdeaCast

Host: Curt Nickisch, Harvard Business Review
About: A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management. This podcast features lively interviews with industry professionals, scientists, and journalists, covering one general topic or issue per episode. It’s categorized as a People Management and Marketing podcast, but it allows HR professional to uncover so much more.
Favorite episode: “The Harsh Reality of Innovative Companies”: There’s too much focus on the positive, fun side of innovative cultures and too little understanding of the difficult truths behind sustained innovation. From candid feedback, to strong leadership, to individual accountability and competence, to disciplined choices. Gary Pisano, professor at Harvard Business Review, says leaders need to understand and communicate these realities.

4. Hiring Success Podcast

Host: Mason Mitchel, SmartRecruiters
About: This podcast follows the stories from innovators in the industry - trailblazers from companies like McDonald’s or Twitter that are turning big ideas like AI, Recruitment Marketing, and Data Mining into real results for their hiring teams.
Favorite episode: “Mastering Talent Attraction with VISA: How a tech company hacks their candidate conversion": Celinda Appleby, Global Talent Attraction Director at VISA, goes in-depth on talent attraction and candidate engagement through discussing her role (the triumphs and challenges) with the enthusiasm of someone who's ready to change the TA world – and she is! From selling transformation to recruitment marketing, to the technology behind it all, Celinda holds nothing back. Check it out!   

5. HR Break Room

Host: Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice, Paycom
About: A podcast from your friends working in Human Resources, dedicated to bringing you interesting break room conversations with experts on the hot topics of HR and HR Technology industries, one cup of coffee at a time. This podcast is designed to inspire you to harness the power of HR technology to empower your people and organization.
Favorite episode: Challenge the Status Quo: Empowering Women in the Workforce”: With leadership development initiatives increasing their emphasis on more diverse and inclusive workplace cultures, how can organizations ensure their program meets the needs of today’s female top performers? Join Margaret Spence, global business strategist and found of the Employee to CEO project, to discuss how an inclusive culture with women in leadership benefits your business. And learn how HR can facilitate this change in identifying and developing women for leadership roles.

6. HRchat Podcast

Host: Bill Banham, HR Gazette
About: A series of interviews with high-profile HR pros and business leaders who help make a difference to the day-to-day lives of Human Resource executives. This 15-25 minute podcast will open your eyes on discussions related to all areas of HR, including Talent Management, HR Tech, Learning and Development, Company Culture, Employment Law, and Business Strategy.
Favorite episode: “Mental Health, Women in Leadership, and Global HR Collective with Matt Burns”: Get a grip on the importance of taking mental health at the workplace seriously, as long as women’s role in leadership positions. Matt Burns, founder of Global HR Collective and Member & Contributor at Forbes Human Resources Council, advocates for HR professionals to develop advocacy programs, support mental health initiatives and create women entrepreneurship opportunities.

7. HR Happy Hour

Host: Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane 
About: HR Happy Hour is the longest running and top downloaded HR podcast. It focuses in teaching HR professionals about the most important news and trends on human resources, management, leadership, and workforce technology.
Favorite episode: “HR Happy Hour 359: HR Technology for Diversity & Inclusion”: Steve was joined by Stacia Sherman (RedThread Research) and Carole Jackson (Mercer) to share insights on the latest HR technology market ecosystem, and the emerging solutions and capabilities to help support programs linked to making organizations more diverse and inclusion. There is also additional advice for HR and business leaders who are thinking about these solutions for the first time.
Recommended by Stacey Jaffe Wachtfogel, Chief Human Resources Officer at Makovsky.

8. HR Heroes

Host: Jonathan Richards, Breathe
About: This podcast shares the stories of small businesses who recognize that their people are key to their business success. Join the discussion on their people management stories. Covering everything from company culture to productivity and the future of work.
Favorite episode: “Rob May on communicating company culture to stakeholders”: An interview with business leaders at the helm of the organizations who are putting their company culture firmly at the heart of their business strategy. Rob May, MD of IT solutions company Ramsac, talks about how to communicate company culture to stakeholders. Whether that’s new entrepreneurs, current employees, or customers. Give it a listen to understand what company culture means and how it can be used to challenge expectations.

9. HR Leaders Podcast

Host: Christopher Rainey 
About: This podcast shows in-depth discussions with senior HR executives and thought leaders who share their journey, experience, insights and lessons learned. Each episode of the podcast explores a new topic and features successful HR leaders from the world’s leading brands. What does the future of work look like? Why is it changing? What are leading organizations doing about it?
Favorite episode: The Evolution of Leadership Development and Learning”: Join Susie McNamara, VP Global Leadership Development and Learning at Fortive, to discuss the evolution of leadership and development and learning. Listen to learn about the “Employee Happiness Index” and a way to get benchmark insights from the world’s most engaged workplaces.
Recommended by Neil Williams, HR Manager and Business Partner of AVI-SPL.

10. HR Studio Podcast

Host: A.J. O’Connor Associates, Inc.
About: This podcast is designed to accelerate the development of new, aspiring and established HR leaders by offering content that educates, informs and build skills. Guests are drawn from HR, HR Consulting, and academia and include HR executives, thought leaders, authors, speakers and trend-spotters from diverse industries. You will learn what it takes to succeed in HR today through career studies and personal journeys.
Favorite episode: “How To Advance Your HR Career and Your HR Function with Ian Ziskin”: Get advice on how to become a pioneer in the HR industry from Ian Ziskin, one of the preeminent leader, thinkers and trend setters within the HR industry today. Listen to learn about the forces of change, emphasizing on the evolution of technology and machine collaboration, automation, and Artificial Intelligence, and its impact on the reconfiguration of your HR work. As well about the importance of developing an external perspective and understanding the difference between employee fulfillment and engagement to further your development and career.

11. HR Works

Host: James Davis 
About: A podcast focused in providing clear, relevant, actionable information on topics that matter to HR professionals through engaging and insightful interviews with experts and thought leaders.
Favorite episode: “10 Minutes of Recognition Makes All the Difference”: The term “recognition” gets used a lot, and for good reason. Organizations spend so much money, time, and training getting the right people onboard. All of that vanishes when that employee walks out the door. In many cases, retaining employees is achievable with the right set of tools aimed at employee engagement, all under 10 minutes. Join Gregg Lederman, President of Employee Engagement and Reward Gateway, to learn more.
Recommended by Danny Rose, HR Business Partner at BeiGene.

12. Resources for Humans

Host: Lattice
About:  A podcast focused in discussing people strategy trends and best practices for people management. It features People Operations leaders and management experts from across various industries. One of the coolest things about this podcast is that it’s produced by Lattice, a performance management software company, who has a unique outtake on employee engagement and satisfaction.
Favorite episode: “How to Balance Compensation and Performance”: Senior VP of People and Places at Affirm, Chris Tobin, talks about the need to codify culture through values, and then goes on to explain his compensation philosophy, and its impact on employee development. Tobin gives an interesting take on how compensation is the most fundamental philosophy, and how it has to be discussed early on in startups to make sure you are clear about what your company cares about.

13. Road Warrior Radio

Host: Ryan Ball, Lola.com
About: If you spend a good chunk of your life on the road hustling for your livelihood–looking at all of you, sales executives, entrepreneurs and HR managers–then this podcast is for you. Each episode features interesting conversations between Ryan and other Road Warriors filled with great advice on staying productive away from the office, epic war stories from the road, and so much more.
Favorite episode: Mike Volpe: The Road Begins”: The CEO of Lola.com, Mike Volpe, shares his personal story about being on the road. If you are in HR, Sales, or Marketing, you have to listen to this! It's important to keep up with the latest industry trends, but you also have to know the most influential people in it. Mike gives an interesting take on how to stay productive on the road, and his take on HR topics like recruiting talent: "You're not rating people on whether they are good or bad. It's about if they are a good or bad fit for a particular job." This podcast offers incredible insights on employee engagement, strategic partnerships, and overall, great inspiration.

14. RTW Nation

Host: Mark Stipic 
About: A weekly audio podcast designed to inspire, motivate and support Return to Work professionals. This podcast is dedicated to make workers compensation less boring and less complicated. You will hear interviews with industry experts, stories of success from your peers, motivational quotes and practical tips. All through the host’s signature laid back style.
Favorite episode: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do”: The host shares his best tip on how to handle morally conflicting scenarios. He’s also got plenty of updates on what has been happening in the word of Return to Work and some exciting developments with the podcast format.

15. Nine-to-Thrive HR

Host: Human Capital Institute
About: Looking for fresh content to solve your human capital issues but don’t have a full hour? Listen to this podcast to gain access to leading HR professionals from Fortune 1000 companies, as well thought-leaders, authors, and academics to cover everything from talent acquisition and analytics to engagement, retention, and development.
Favorite episode: “Engaging the Millennial Sales Force at a Distance”: the challenge of engaging Millennial employees gets even harder when they’re salespeople living and working in the field. This podcast explores ways to use technology to build culture and connect remote Millennial sellers to the organization.

16. The HR Social Hour Half Hour Podcast

Host: Jon Thurmond and Wendy Dailey 
About: Interviews with fellow HR practitioners about connecting, giving back, and building your network. This podcast also has an active chat on Twitter to engage with their listeners on a daily basis, Join them each week for the podcast and the fourth Sunday of each month.
Favorite episode: The Future of Wonder Women 1 on 1”: Hosts continue to share the voice of under-represented women, but look to share their individual stories! The shortest distance between two people is a story in their own voices and perspectives to “speak their own truth.”
Recommended by Amanda Brunson, HR Generalist at R W Block Consulting and SHRM YPAC Member.

17. TotalPicture

Host: Peter Clayton
About: This podcast interviews with keynote speakers, best-selling authors, HR and talent acquisition practitioners, and vendors in HR technology, Talent Acquisition, Staffing, Leadership and Innovation to provide cutting-edge content and actionable information to their listeners. Listen to cover many of the leading industry conferences including, SHRM, HCI, Recruiting Trends, and HR Tech.
Favorite episode: What Humans Will Do When Machines Take Over”: Listen to join the discussion of AI (Artificial Intelligence), and how it relates to talent acquisition and HR. Peter Weddle, founder and CEO of TAtech, states that “all of the debate about what is and isn’t AI and whether today’s chatbots and other machine learning-based systems are truly intelligent misses the point. The issue isn’t if this technology will make machines smart (and eventually smarter than humans) but when.

18. WorkLife

Host: Adam Grant 
About: You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it! This podcast takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life. From learning how to love your rivals to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again.
Favorite episode: “When Work Takes Over Your Life”: Technology is making it harder than ever to disconnect, but it might be easier than you think. To learn about setting boundaries, listen to entrepreneur Arianna Huffington, leaders who have taken bold steps to ban emails at odd hours in their workplaces, and an FBI hostage negotiation who has surprising advice on saying no.
Recommended by Nalani Genser, People Ops and Experience Lead at Mavrck. 

You’re awesome! Now that you have learned about the top HR podcasts, we have also created a comprehensive list of the best HR newsletters to make sure that your cup of coffee is accompanied by the quality-reading it deserves! Or if you want the real human experience, check out our list of HR conferences.

We hope you added some of these podcasts to your personal playlist! Remember that it's our job as HR professionals to learn about changes in our industry to make sure that our organization is constantly innovating and embracing transformation.

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