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10 HR podcasts you should listen to right now

10 HR Podcasts You Should Listen To Right Now

We’ve decided to compile a list of the top ten HR podcasts you should listen to right now. Now you don’t have to spend the time researching them! These podcasts are in no particular order but filled with everything you need to help you with leadership, business strategy, and a variety of other HR and business topics.

We’ve recently started our own podcast, called ProjectHR, which inspired us to create this list. ProjectHR will bring you interviews with industry experts, authors, executives, thought leaders, speakers and more! Whether you’re an experienced HR professional, or a leader who just wants to learn more about connecting with your team, this podcast will be extremely beneficial to you. We’ve recently covered everything from employee fulfillment, to recruitment marketing, and employee communication during a crisis. We’d love for you to give it a listen!

It’s no secret why podcasts are becoming more and more popular. They’re easy to listen to while you work, on your commute, or while you’re getting ready for your day. They are an excellent way to stay up-to-date on the most efficient Human Resources practices, expand your skills, and gain some insight and knowledge on all things HR. Let us know if you find this list helpful!

1. What The HR?!

What The HR! provides “insights, strategies, and anecdotes to help you get more from the world of work and explore how to build better businesses through modern people practices and approaches.”

Why We Love It: With episodes under an hour, this podcast speaks to HR leaders from companies large and small. It offers valuable insight that can help you take strategic approaches to your business. The episodes are engaging and full of value!

Current Favorite Episode: What the HR! 6 Anti-Harassment Compliance Update with Kevin Mosher, the HR employment attorney and partner at Thompson Coe. This episode discusses how to handle harassment allegations in the workplace, specifically after the “Me Too” movement. They cover what employers should do to address harassment concerns and what steps to take. 

2. Drive-Thru HR

This podcast is “a captivating, easy-to-digest, and occasionally irreverent lunchtime discourse that covers topics relevant to HR professionals.”

Why We Love It: With a multitude of different hosts, this podcast has many valuable episodes with tangible tips for business professionals and leaders. No matter where you are in your career, you’ll find great advice and actionable tips for success in the workplace and life.

Current Favorite Episode: Episode 1,453: Leading with Gratitude with Adrian Gostick, the New York Times bestselling author of The Best Team Wins, The Carrot Principle, and All In. In the new book, “LEADING WITH GRATITUDE: Eight Leadership Practices for Extraordinary Business Results”, they explore the importance of leading with gratitude to increase employee engagement and retention. The authors cover why gratitude is such an important leadership and business skill, and cover the eight ways leaders can get clear on what’s important to their employees.

3. Nine to Thrive HR

With episodes typically 20 minutes and under, listen to this podcast if you want to “gain access to 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.

Why We Love It: Nine to Thrive is a human resources podcast that offers insight and information from knowledgeable guests in the HR industry. It has perfect content for a lunchtime listen, or a quick commute and lots of strategic content for HR leaders at all levels.

Current Favorite Episode: Planning for the Digital Workplace. With the shift to remote workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for digital skills in the workplace is becoming more and more critical. This episode covers how to “identify and plan for new and maybe unfamiliar talent segments.”

4. Punk Rock HR

Join host Laurie Ruettimann, “the failed HR lady who went on to become one of the world’s top career advisers, as she talks to some of her closest friends and peers about what happens behind the scenes at your job.” Laurie will give you the tools you need to take control of your career, put yourself first, and “be your own HR.”

Why We Love It: Laurie’s motto of “let’s fix work” is a different approach to not just the human resources world, but leadership, and really anyone who is looking to view their world through a different lens. With her authenticity and excellent interviewing skills, this is an HR podcast for everyone.

Current Favorite Episode: Episode 90, A Little Bit of Optimism and Hope with Jess Ekstrom, the founder of Headbands of Hope and the author of the best-selling book, Chasing the Bright Side: Embrace Optimism, Activate Your Purpose, and Write Your Own Story. Jess talks about some of the more difficult times in her life that inspired her story. She shares that you have a choice to “do less” or do more. She inspires you to make the choice to do more.

5. Hire Power Radio

This show is “disruptive, and it will challenge the conventional thinking of how you recruit” for your company. On a weekly basis, Hire Power has unique guests (rebel entrepreneurs, agile executives & industry experts) that share how they are able to win critical hires.

Why We Love It: With weekly episodes under 30 minutes, this podcast has actionable content that’s helpful to anyone that deals with any form of recruiting. 

Current Favorite Episode: Collin Mitchell: Working from Home While Elevating Productivity and Maintaining Security. They discuss why it is important to pivot your workforce to work from home, and how to set up to improve productivity and security. It’s the perfect time to establish a remote workplace and this information is more relevant than ever.

6. HR Happy Hour

HR Happy Hour is the “longest-running and top downloaded” HR podcast. It focuses on human resources, management, leadership, and workforce technology. The show is hosted by Steve Boese, the Co-Chair of the HR Technology Conference and Trish McFarlane, CEO of H3 HR Advisors.

Why We Love It: With actionable podcast episodes, and thoughtful advice, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to succeed in leadership and business. It’s both informative and encouraging.

Current Favorite Episode: Episode 413: Leading With a Servant’s Heart with Giovanni Gallo, Co-CEO, Compliance Line. In this episode, Giovanni shares his view on Servant Leadership and the key differences between that and more “traditional” leadership approaches. Giovanni also covers how leaders can begin to use Servant Leadership principles in their workplaces.

7. Transform Your Workplace

The Transform Your Workplace Podcast covers everything you need to create a successful workplace. With weekly episodes, they cover topics that range between HR, leadership and workplace trends, communication, culture, business growth, and more. Host Brandon Laws talks with industry experts, HR experts, and entrepreneurs to help you transform your organization.

Why We Love It: The content is current, relevant, and super informative! Brandon covers a large number of business topics. HR is the main focus, but this has valuable information for anyone who listens.

Current Favorite Episode: Episode 226, Optimal Outcomes with Jen Goldman-Wetzler. Brandon chats with Jennifer, the author of Optimal Outcomes: Free Yourself from Conflict at Work, at Home, and in Life, to learn how everyone can achieve freedom from conflict. She shares how to identify and acknowledge your conflict habit (like negative self-talk) and how to change your perspective.

8. HR Exchange

“Looking for real conversations from the HR space? Look no further than the HR Exchange Podcast.” This podcast includes advice and information from HR professionals from many well-known brands, along with their personal stories and challenges.

Why We Love It: The different guests, their personal stories, and the topics discussed are always relevant and informative. The podcast is filled with a variety of topics and covers everything from leadership, learning, employee experience, and employee burnout. It’s also entertaining, and episodes are the perfect length for your morning commute.

Current Favorite Episode: Episode 27: Sage Dental – Leadership and the Imposter Syndrome. Sage Dental SVP and Chief People Officer John Whitaker discuss leadership and the current state of affairs of leadership, and all about the “Imposter Syndrome.” 

9. 21st Century HR Podcast

This podcast explores how to build better businesses through modern people practices and approaches. Each episode spotlights progressive practices and leaders that are reshaping the field of HR. Host Lars Schmidt brings talented guests with super informative content!

Why We Love It: 21st Century has relevant content, and Lars is an engaging host who covers a variety of helpful topics for both HR leaders and business leaders. Lots of HR business best practices, while also doing an extremely informative series on the ongoing Coronavirus response.

Current Favorite Episode: Episode 49, Credit Karma Chief People Officer, Colleen McCreary. Colleen shares her journey of executive roles at different large companies like Microsoft and Credit Karma. They also discuss why so many modern leaders experience burnout.

10. Culture First

This podcast is all about connecting with others and “bringing humanity into the workplace”. Culture First uncovers what it really takes to “build a better world of work”. Join host Damon Klotz, who explores journeys of trials and triumphs with the people who put culture first.

Why We Love It: We strongly believe that culture is a key aspect to a thriving business organization. It can help create engaged employees and improve retention. Culture First shares how important fostering culture is within our workplace, and the steps to take to create that culture. 

Current Favorite Episode: Season 1, Episode 2, Scaling Culture with Ambrosia Vertesi. Ambrosia Vertesi and host Damon Klotz discuss a common challenge: how to maintain foundational culture and values while experiencing tremendous growth.

This list represents some of our favorite HR podcasts for 2020! Our hope is that it will help you and your organization with business best practices, leadership, hiring, recruiting, and more! Do you have a favorite HR podcast we may have missed? We’d love to hear about it!

About the Author Jennifer Orechwa

In over 25 years of helping companies connect with their employees, Jennifer has gained a unique perspective on what it takes to build a culture of engagement. By blending a deep understanding of labor and employee relations with powerful digital marketing knowledge, Jennifer has helped thousands of companies achieve behavioral change at a cultural level.

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