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9 Best HR Podcasts

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What makes a boring commute bearable, or tedious chores like doing the dishes or folding laundry less excruciating?

Taking your mind off the monotonous task, and energizing it with something mentally stimulating, educational, and professionally relevant all at once.

Something like a podcast!


Why you should listen

When I listen to podcasts, they tend to be for entertainment purposes (like Welcome to Nightvale or The Adventure Zone). Outside of the entertainment arena, though, there are a wealth of specific, focused podcasts that can educate you and help develop your career.

Check out our list of the top nine human resources podcasts (presented in alphabetical order) to maximize your waking hours and avoid wasting your downtime on the road or in front of the kitchen sink.

Learn about the latest talent management news, hottest recruiting developments, and applicant tracking best practices to stay ahead of the curve and cement your place as an HR professional on top of their game.

1. CIPD Podcast

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)—a European HR association with more than 130,000 members—puts out this monthly podcast on all things HR-related. Topics covered include trends in family friendly workplaces, interviews with HR professionals (like the HR information and analytics director at Unilever), and original research on things like barriers to leadership. Tune in for a distinctly U.K. take on HR with broadly applicable lessons.

2. Employment Law and HR Podcast

If you’re not from the U.S. and are sick of reading about it, I’ve got a podcast for you. Focusing on specific topics like the U.K.’s National Living Wage as well as general subjects like discrimination in the office and how to deal with e-cigarettes at work, this podcast deals with HR from a distinctly U.K. point of view. Most episodes are focused on U.K. employment law, so it’ll be most helpful if you live and work in the United Kingdom.

3. Hiring on All Cylinders

Looking for a podcast that’s recruiting focused? Hiring on All Cylinders’ weekly episodes discuss various methods and focuses in the hiring world, including recruitment technology, interview processes, and follow-ups.

4. Hire Up Podcast

Formatted as panel discussions, Hire Up offers intermittent episodes where a group discusses topics such as professional development, training, and employee risk mitigation. Launched as a weekly show, the production schedule has slowed to monthly episodes over the past year.

5. HR Happy Hour

Calling themselves “the longest running and top downloaded HR podcast,” HR Happy Hour features two HR industry experts discussing HR tech, leadership, and management. Episodes are released weekly.

6. HR Works

HR Works is a bi-weekly podcast started in 2014 that discusses topics including office communication, hiring, and human resources and talent management issues in the news. Many of the episodes focus on interpersonal relationships and wellness in the office.

7. Human Resources for Small Business

If you have a small business or work at one, you’ll appreciate this ground-up approach to HR. From the basics of how to create an onboarding process to increasing employee engagement, as well as timely topics like how to deal with bullying in the workplace, this is the talent management education every small business owner needs. Episodes are released twice a month.

8. Lunch Conversation with DriveThru HR

Covering everything from recruiting and talent management to HR technology, these short episodes (typically running 30 minutes) are a nice lunch break size. The podcast has been around since 2013, has a backlog of over 300 episodes, and publishes in multi-day bursts every few months.

9. RTW Nation

This podcast from Mark Stipic tackles the potentially boring topic of worker’s comp by hosting a bevy of informative return to work professionals as guests. RTW Nation has a new episode every week or so, but has been known to go on haitus. Past episode subjects include rehabilitating injured workers, ergonomics at the office, and using sports medicine principles for work injuries.


Don’t see your favorite HR or talent management podcast on the list above? Did I miss a crucial thought leader? Add them in the comments or tweet me @CapterraHalden.

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About the Author

Halden Ingwersen

Halden Ingwersen

Halden Ingwersen is a former Capterra analyst.



Comment by noor on

thank you so much for amazing sharing I have used already HR Happy Hour that’s an awesome performance

Comment by Scott Engler on

I would like to humbly submit our own: The CEB Talent Angle. Dan Pink, Dan Heath, Gen. Stan McChrystal, Laszlo Bock, Dan Ariely, Nancy Duarte, Mark Manson, Jonah Berger, Adam Grant, Charles Duhigg, Shawn Achor, Susan Cain and many others.


Comment by Philippa Lamb on

Very happy to see the CIPD’s monthly podcasts on your list. Thank you! We love making them and it’s great to know you enjoy them. (PS: The series goes back a decade so there’s a great back catalogue to delve through)

Comment by Bob Dobalina on

The Hostile Work Environment with Marc and Dennis is a brilliant podcast – two management-side employment lawyers discuss recent cases each episode, and they are hilarious! http://www.hwepodcast.com

Comment by Pam Grosicki on

Launched in 2016, HR Studio Podcast is designed to build the next generation of HR leaders through a combination of:

– Career and leadership development advice from those who made it to the top in HR
– Insights from HR trend spotters, authors and keynote speakers
– Thought-provoking discussion on the future of the profession and what it takes to be successful in HR
– Unique, relevant content that is not available elsewhere
– A network of HR professionals of all career levels who can contribute to the conversation

It’s noted as a top 50 HR podcast on player.fm …. episodes are typically 20-40 minutes with two episodes airing each month.

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Comment by Will Jone on

I can’t wait to checkout these podcast for HR’s. I work as a recruiter and I’m really interest in learning new things.


Comment by Jeff Murphy on

Great list! I actually produce a culture and engagement podcast geared towards HR pros and other people-focused executives. It’s called the Awesome Office Show, and is hosted by speaker, author, and SnackNation CEO Sean Kelly. Would love your feedback! http://awesomeoffice.org/

Comment by Alex Johnston on

CEB has recently started producing a podcast through their HR Leadership Council which focuses on innovation and thought leadership in the talent management space. They’ve interviewed a really interesting range of guests so far – from General Stanley McChrystal (former commander of Joint Special Operations Command) to Barbie Graver, VP of Talent for Netflix, and the host is quite good at drawing out their most insightful perspectives on how the world of talent management is evolving.

It’s called Engler’s Angle, and there are currently 11 episodes. They tend to release them every couple of weeks.

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Comment by Sally Beck on

I really like Hire Up Podcast with host John Beck- Dedicated To Everything Human Resources – Taking Your Business to a Higher Level.

John along with guest and his expert panel will discuss, educate and provide information on wide range of Human Resource topics. Together, we’ll explore the key to Unlocking the Code of the Occupational DNA required, to identify, select, develop and retaining top talent ………… and help you take your business to a higher level!

Comment by Chris Smith on

Thanks for these, will add them to my rotation!

I also really like Alison Colley’s Employment Law and HR Podcast: http://adviceforemployers.co.uk/podcast/

Comment by Mark Stipic on

Great list!
RTW Nation is the workers comp podcast for motivated Return To Work professionals. You might think workers comp is boring but this show is entertaining and laid back.


Comment by Jason Johnson on

I have exactly a 1 hour commute and 1 hour lunch I’ll be filling with all of these. Thanks!

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