We look to organizations like Human Capital Institute and SHRM for research, learnings, and best practices related to running an HR or people operations department. For HR leaders who don’t have time to browse all the newsletters or attend the conferences, a podcast is a great way to keep up on the latest news. They’re audio-only, and are easy to turn on during a commute or while you’re working on another project. You can also download them for a plane ride or when the subway takes you underground.
Podcasts are growing in popularity across all topics, from NPR’s true crime “Serial” podcast to spinoffs from books like Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Magic Lessons,” a podcast related to her book, “Big Magic.”
One common thread across many podcasts is the access to incredible guest speakers. On the HR front, podcasts feature guests such as Hulu’s Onboarding Program Manager and Talent Development leader Stephanie Bertmer and The Muse founder Kathryn Minshew. If you’re looking to learn from these industry leaders, check out our favorite HR podcasts below.
Human Capital Institute covers topics including (but not limited to) talent acquisition, engagement, retention, people analytics and development, featuring speakers from Fortune 1000 companies, authors, and academics.
DriveThruHR features a guest speaker on each 30-minute episode and covers topics including technology, recruiting, culture, strategy, and talent management. The hosts are William Tincup, Nisha Raghavan, Crystal Miller, and Michael VanDervort, and you can follow the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #dthr.
“HR Happy Hour” is hosted by HR Technology Conference co-chair Steve Boese and H3 HR Advisors CEO Trish McFarlane, and covers human resources, management, leadership, and workforce technology.
Knowledge Infusion produces this bi-weekly podcast with Bill Kutik as host. The show features live interviews with HR thought leaders, technology providers, and of course, HR practitioners.
The UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is a professional organization for HR practitioners. Their podcast features interviews and covers future of talent, learning, trade unions, recruiting, and more.
Produced by Human Resources IQ, “HR Today” covers talent acquisition, management, compensation, learning, and technology best practices for HR professionals.
7. HR Latte
HR help desk solution Dovetail Software produces “HR Latte” and covers topics in talent management. Past guests include Motion Picture and Television Fund VP of HR Nancy Rubin and recruiter Josh Rock.
Human resources consultant Xenium HR produces a small business podcast targeted at both HR practitioners and small business owners. The podcast features guest speakers and topics including business strategy, leadership, HR policy, and legal issues.
9. RTW Nation
Covering a niche but important HR topic, workers compensation, “RTW Nation” is hosted by Mark Stipic. The podcast features interviews with industry experts and practitioners, and carries the goal of making workers compensation “less boring and less complicated.”
10. HBR IdeaCast
This weekly podcast is not focused exclusively on HR, but features leaders in business and management, providing much fodder for HR strategy and best practices.
Fistful of Talent is an HR blog featuring a number of renown HR thought leaders as contributors. The podcast, “CYA Report,” focuses on talent acquisition and considers itself “a free-flowing, sometimes mature discussion of HR and talent issues.”
12. Hire Up Podcast
John P. Beck, Jr. covers broad human resources topics, including retention, development, and recruiting. The podcast features both interviews and news.
Recruiting platform Entelo hosts “Hiring On All Cylinders,” which features trending topics in recruitment and guest speakers who bring stories of personal experiences with recruiting top talent.