HR Round-Up: 13 Podcasts to Inspire, Motivate & Keep You Up-to-Date

As an HR professional, we know you’re passionate about HR, genuinely care about your employees and like most, are wanting (and needing) to stay up-to-date on the latest People and Culture Development. However, we also know it’s hard to find the time to read up on these topics. Enter: Podcasts. You’ve probably heard of them- and they’re taking over a large chunk of the entertainment sphere.

Fifty-Five percent (155 million) of the US population has listened to a podcast ever, 37% (104 million) listen to podcasts at least every month and nearly a quarter (24% / 8 million) listen to podcasts weekly. Podcasts have gained traction because they help you save time while allowing you to learn, stay up to date, get inspired and be motivated- things we all want for ourselves. 

In short, podcasts can provide a reliable source of timely materials that allow you to easily digest hours of high-caliber HR information  on the go. And in the spirit of saving time, we’ve done the heavy lifting by compiling a list of the 13 best HR podcasts available. So, if you’ve got any down-time, want to multi-task while on a walk, or benefit from some background noise, these podcasts will have you feeling feeling inspired and prepared to continue your balancing act now and into the new year. 

  1.  #Worktrends with Meghan M. Biro: You’ve been in the HR trenches for years. Now, are you ready to look toward the future? Join host, Meghan M Biro on the #WorkTrends podcast from TalentCulture as she talks about how work is changing. You’ll get all the news you need to stay current, and hear from leading experts, HR tech vendors and HR practitioners about what inspires them. 
  2.  21st Century HR with Lars Schmidt: The 21st Century HR podcast explores how to build people-centric businesses through modern practices and approaches. Host Lars Schmidt spotlights progressive leaders and how they’re reshaping the field of HR. You’ll hear the journeys of everyone from CHROs to Chief People Officers to Heads of Talent, and more. 
  3.  Let’s Fix Work with Laurie Ruettimann: The Let’s Fix Work podcast is dedicated to amplifying the best stories about the workplace. Host Laurie Ruettimann interviews business leaders, celebrities, politicians and human resources experts to discuss how to fix the broken state of work.Recommended episodes: 
  4.  WorkLife with Adam Grant: You spend a quarter of your life at work. You should enjoy it! Organizational psychologist Adam Grant 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.
  5.  My HR Future with David Green: My HR Future is a podcast and video series hosted by David Green. Green speaks to a range of HR experts who are pushing forward a data-driven and digital HR agenda. You’ll hear from people leaders who are driving transformation in their own organizations as they discuss how HR can prepare for the future of work.  
  6.  DriveThruHR with Mike VanDervort, Robin Schooling, Dwane Lay, and Crystal Miller Lay: DriveThruHR is a captivating, easy-to-digest, and occasionally irreverent lunchtime discourse that covers topics relevant to HR professionals. The 30 minute shows include guests and host(s) discussing a variety of topics including HR Technology, Recruiting, Talent Management, Leadership, Organizational Culture and Strategic HR.  Running continuously since February 1, 2010. 
  7. HR Happy Hour with Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane:HR Happy Hour focuses on HR issues and workplace topics such as talent management, recruiting, technology, social media, leadership, careers, and much, much more. It’s lively, conversational, and challenging at the same time. And it’s also a whole lot of fun, it is a Happy Hour after all!
  8. #SECURETHESEAT with Minda Harts: #SecureTheSeat is a podcast for today’s professional women of color. On this show, host Minda Harts will take you through the stories of everyday women of color as they lean into a workforce that isn’t always invested in their success.
  9. How I Built This: with Guy Raz: On the How I Built This podcast, Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies. The show weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.
  10. The Way We Lead with Gaby and Jenelle: The Way We Lead is a podcast that focuses on what it means to be a leader, an ally, and an advocate for underrepresented folks. The show features real-world stories of inclusive leadership and allyship and highlight folks across industries, titles, and identities who use their influence to raise others up. 
  11. The Culture First Podcast with Damon Klotz: Culture First is hosted by CultureAmp. From uncomfortable truths to heart-to-heart conversations, the show uncovers what it really takes to build a better world of work. Whether you’re a seasoned leader who is passionate about developing people, a new manager aspiring to better their team’s culture or a lifelong People Geek, this show is for you. Guests include Esther Perel, DeRay McKesson, Chip Conley, Simon Sinek, Adam Grant, Claude Silver, and many more. 
  12. Nine-to-Thrive HR offers fresh content to solve your human capital issues from leading HR practitioners from Fortune 1000 companies, as well thought-leaders, authors, and academics. These experts cover everything from talent acquisition and analytics to engagement, retention, and development.
  13. The HR Social Hour Half Hour Podcast Join HR pros Jon Thurmond and Wendy Dailey weekly as they chat with other practitioners about connecting, giving back, and building your network.We hope this line-up is useful . You may have heard that the “brain is like a muscle” and just like other muscles, you have to exercise the brain by learning new things. There is research which shows that learning helps build neuron connections and can stave off diseases. But the act of learning can makes us happier, feel a sense of accomplishment and competence, and can give us the confidence to do our jobs or anything else we set our minds to do.

We think you’ll find something in here that strikes your interest. And if you’re not sure where to implement Podcasts during your day, consider popping it into your morning routine, during your weekend clean up, while cooking up your favorite meals, during your real or “would-be commute”, while sweating it out at the gym, while you’re on a walk, while enjoying a bit of self-care, or as a little company while you eat! 

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