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Top 10 HR Podcasts to Fine Tune your People Processes

Bored of trawling through the internet for answers? Fed up of reading long articles? Look no further. Check out our Top 10 HR podcasts that will help you fine tune your organization's people processes.

Stay up to date with HR Podcasts

Do you want to be up to date with the latest news and trends in the world of HR? We have one word for you - podcasts. In the past five years there has been a dramatic shift in the way that we consume information. Whilst lengthy books and white papers are beginning to look a little outdated, HR podcasts are an ideal way to gain invaluable industry insights in easily digestible chunks.

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Podcasts bring HR to life

Podcasts are unique in the way that they bring leading industry experts and HR thought leaders to life by sharing their real professional experiences. They offer a wide range of discussions covering everything from simple, practical advice to key strategic thinking.

Fortunately, the world of HR is blessed with an array of fantastic podcasts that explore hard hitting themes in new and exciting ways. To help you find your favourite we have put together a list of our top 10 leading HR podcasts to help you fine tune your people processes.

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HR Podcast selection criteria

When compiling this list we considered a range of criteria: number of followers and listeners, whether the hosts are leading industry professionals, where the podcast ranks on the search engine results page, and how relevant we found the themes. Without further ado, here are the best free podcasts for human resources professionals (listed in Alphabetical order):

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Top 10 HR Podcasts

1. CIPD Podcast

  • About: Having racked up more than 150 episodes, the CIPD podcast provides a polished look at to key issues concerning HR and people development professionals. The professional body interviews some of the brightest minds in the business exploring topical workplace, HR and L&D themes like workplace agility, unconscious bias and performance management.
  • Host: Nigel Cassidy
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • Where: Apple Podcasts | Soundcloud
  • When: Monthly
  • Recommended episode: Podcast 162: Workforce monitoring – how far is too far

Honoured - thanks to a great CIPD team. Like you, with the working world in ferment, we know it's crucial to keep finding insightful contributors who are one step ahead of the people issues. Next we dive into post-Brexit recruitment. Could we keep more EU employees but just send them back to work from home? - Nigel Cassidy

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3. DriveThruHR

On behalf of Drive Thru HR, I wanted to thank the great folks at PeopleGoal for including us on your recent list of HR podcasts. Drive Thru HR has been around since 2010 with a variety of hosts who all strive to help our colleagues in the HR profession have a little fun and learn something useful. As we approach our 1500th episode, we are proud to share a spot on your list with so many other great podcasts. - Mike VanDervort

4. HR Happy Hour

5. HR Leaders Podcast 

  • About: HR leaders is a daily podcast and LinkedIn Live show which tackles issues such as diversity, culture and engagement. Chris Rainey invites a variety of industry experts and HR executives from market leading organizations (like Microsoft and Lego) alongside academics in the field (from the likes of Harvard Business School) to share their journey, experience and insights. Listen to find out what the future of work looks like, why it is changing, and what world leading organizations are doing about it.
  • Host: Chris Rainey
  • Length: 30-40 minutes
  • Where: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Youtube
  • When: Daily
  • Recommended episode: The New Normal: From Surviving to Thriving with Deborah Borg, Chief HR Officer at Bunge

6. HR Works: The Podcast for Human Resources

  • About: The Podcast for Human Resources provides clear, relevant, actionable information on topics that matter for HR professionals through engaging interviews with key industry leaders and thought experts. With new episodes regularly reaching 1000 listens in a day and at least 5000 in a month, James Davis interviews top HR industry players on topics ranging from employee engagement to struggles in the workplace.
  • Host: James Davis
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • Where: Apple Podcasts | PlayerFM | Stitcher
  • When: 2-3 per month
  • Recommended episode: Episode 122: What Will HR Look Like in 2021 and Beyond?

7. Illuminate HR

  • About: Nate Randall invites a multitude of visionary thought leaders to share the great employee experience and human resources conversations we are all part of everyday. Topics range from managing the physical, financial and emotional demands of the modern workforce to the latest ways of providing a superior employee experience.
  • Host: Nate Randall
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • Where: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher
  • When: Twice per month
  • Recommended episode: Engagement and Incentives - barbara Wachsman

8. Nine-to-Thrive HR by HCI Podcasts

  • About: Nine-To-Thrive is the perfect podcast for the busy HR professional who need industry insights in less than 30 minutes. Brought to you by the Human Capital Institute, a range of authors, thought leaders and academics cover everything from talent acquisition and analytics to engagement, retention, and development. Perfect for lunchtime listening.
  • Host: Alan Mellish / HCI
  • Length: 30 minutes or less
  • Where: Apple Podcasts | PlayerFM | Stitcher
  • When: 2-3 times per month
  • Recommended episode: Support Diversity, Equality and Inclusion with People Analytics

Nine-to-Thrive HR is a place for discussing the latest trends, best practices, and a forum for new ideas in the HR/talent management space. - Alan Mellish

9. Redefining HR

10. #Worktrends

  • About: #Worktrends is an HR podcast and Twitter chat hosted by Meghan M. Biro from TalentCulture. Tune in to stay on top of current HR trends, as well as hear from leading experts, HR tech vendors and HR practitioners about what inspires them. Topics cover remote work, attracting talent and company culture.
  • Host: Meghan M. Biro
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • Where: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher
  • When: Weekly podcast every Friday. Twitter chat conversations with sponsored guests every Wednesday from 1:30 - 2:00pm ET
  • Recommended episode: Episode 326: Aligning Around Performance Management: New Findings

Absolutely thrilled to see #worktrends in your top 10! Hope you continue to enjoy the content and congrats all! - Meghan M. Biro

Honourable mentions

Whilst this list is limited to our Top 10, we couldn't help but share a few more excellent HR podcasts that deserve your attention:

Finally, have a listen to PeopleGoal's podcast series which takes a look at the ever changing world of HR from multiple business perspectives. We’ve got insights from the fields of law, recruitment, technology and much more to come. So from onboarding to offboarding and everything in between, look no further...

Interested in staying ahead of the newest HR trends? Check out our list of the Top 10 HR Webinars for Autumn 2020.

Maddy O'Neil

Maddy O'Neil

Content Team

5 minute readPublished on September 21, 2020

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