18 HR Podcasts You Should Subscribe to Right Away

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Last updated: August 2021. 

It’s not hard to see why HR podcasts are so popular.

They are easy to listen to in everyday situations that require very little brainpower and a fair amount of time to spare. Think of your daily commute, your weekly ironing session or your evening run for example. 

And there is more.

Podcasts are a great way to broaden your horizons. 

They can help you expand your HR skills, teach you something new about recruitment and talent management, or take you on an episode-long journey into the future of work.  

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The best thing about all of this?

It doesn’t cost you a single penny and you can listen to your favorite podcasts when and wherever you like. 

Speaking of favorite HR podcasts, there are heaps of them out there. 

So, to help you save time and find a show you’ll love, we’ve listed 18 of our favorite HR podcasts you should subscribe to right away.  

18 Best HR podcasts you should subscribe to

As usual, please bear in mind that this list isn’t exhaustive and that the podcasts below are listed in no particular order.

  1. All About HR
  2. Recruitment On the Go
  3. Digital HR Leaders
  4. Honest HR
  5. The Candidate Experience Podcast
  6. The Jim Stroud Podcast
  7. The Employer Branding Podcast
  8. Workology
  9. The Laptop Recruiter
  10. HBR IdeaCast
  11. The Chad & Cheese Podcast
  12. Invisibilia
  13. The Future of Work
  14. Recruiting Future
  15. Illuminate HR
  16. The HR Uprising Podcast
  17. Big fish in the talent pool
  18. Eat Sleep Work Repeat

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1. All About HR

Who?
All About HR is our very own AIHR podcast and video series. In our podcast, HR industry experts, CHROs, and thought leaders give you the scoop on everything HR, the latest trends, and leading-edge insights.

I myself have the honor of hosting the show, podcasting from the AIHR HQ in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

What?
There’s a new episode every other week in which I get to speak with inspiring HR leaders, experts, and practitioners from all over the world. Each of them has a refreshing take on HR practices and the changing world of work.

Together we discuss epic wins, epic fails, and, of course, what we can learn from them. My fabulous guests are not afraid to speak their minds and nothing is left unsaid.

Perfect listening spot?

On the go, at work or wherever you prefer! 

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New episodes are available on all the major podcast channels and if you rather watch the video you can do so on our AIHR YouTube channel.


Recruitment On The Go

2. Recruitment On the Go

Who?
Recruitment On the Go is your go-to podcast to learn about everything and anything recruitment-related. On-the-go, obviously. 

Host Caitie McCollow, podcasting from the Harver office in New York, helps you discover hot topics in recruitment and gives actionable tips on how to improve your hiring process.  

What?
Short (between 7 and 15-minutes), daily episodes provide you with tools and resources to stay on top of your recruitment game.

Perfect listening spot?
During your morning or afternoon commute. Or at any other given moment when you’ve got 10 minutes to spare. 

New episodes are available daily on SoundCloud and iTunes.


Digital HR Leaders

3. Digital HR Leaders

Who?
Digital HR Leaders is a podcast series from My HR Future that features People Analytics leader David Green talking to senior HR leaders who are driving transformation in their organizations. 

What?
Weekly episodes of around 30 to 45 minutes provide you with insights on how HR can prepare for the future and what HR leaders need to do to become more data-driven and digitally savvy.

Perfect listening spot?
On your morning commute. 

New episodes are available on, among others, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.


4. Honest HR

Who?
Honest HR is a podcast from SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, that – as its name suggests – gets real with HR professionals; nothing is off the table, they’re talking all the things. 

What?
Host Callie Zipple breaks down HR and organizations – talking about getting to the C-suite, challenging your boss’s ideas, leading organizational culture and more.  

Cool fact: Honest HR has developed mini-series (on diversity and inclusion for example) so that people can now get professional development credits (PDCs) for listening! 

Perfect listening spot?
Most episodes are between 30 and 45 minutes long so you can listen to this podcast during your commute, but if you intend to use them for your professional development you could perhaps even listen while you’re at work. 

New episodes are available on SHRM, Buzzsprout, and iTunes.


The Candidate Experience Podcast

5. The Candidate Experience Podcast

Who?
The Candidate Experience Podcast is an HR podcast hosted by Chuck Solomon that is, as you may have guessed – focused on improving the candidate journey. All the way from when candidates apply until they onboard. 

What?
In episodes that are around 20 to 30 minutes long, and together with guest experts, host Chuck Solomon provides hiring managers, recruiters and HR professionals with useful information on how to improve the candidate experience and how to enhance your employer brand. 

Job seekers also get valuable career advice and job search tips.  

Perfect listening spot?
On the go, at work or wherever you prefer. 

New weekly episodes – and a trailer a couple of days before! – are available on iTunes and Spotify (among others).  


The Jim Stroud Podcast

6. The Jim Stroud Podcast

Who?
The Jim Stroud Podcast, hosted by – indeed, mister Jim Stroud himself – shares quick thoughts and insights on how cultural trends and emerging technology are influencing the world of work. 

What?
Short, 10-minute long episodes in which Jim Stroud leverages his experience consulting for the likes of Google and Siemens to create information-rich shows for the tech lovers amongst us.

A must-listen for techies I’d say! 

Perfect listening spot?
10 minutes can come in many different shapes and sizes: between meetings, during a (screen) break or even on the treadmill. 

New episodes are uploaded weekly and you can listen to them on The Jim Stroud Podcast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and plenty of other platforms.


The Employer Branding Podcast

7. The Employer Branding Podcast

Remember when we said at the beginning of this article that HR podcasts cover a wide range of topics? Here’s a good example.  

Who?
The Employer Branding Podcast, hosted out of London by Jörgen Sundberg, centers around building an employer brand and how to use your company image in talent attraction and recruiting. 

What?
In his weekly podcast, Jörgen talks with international employer brand leaders, rebels, and innovators to share their favorite tips and tricks. The companies they’re come from can be anything from challenger brands with momentum to leading companies such as Unilever, Salesforce, and Walmart. 

Perfect listening spot?
Episodes are about 20 minutes long and given the employer branding theme why not go for an afternoon stroll around the office while listening to one? 

New episodes are available weekly on Link Humans, Spotify, Soundcloud, and other podcast platforms.   


Workology Podcast

8. Workology

Who?
The Workology Podcast is the go-to HR podcast for the disruptive workplace and HR leaders who are tired of the status quo. 

Host Jessica Miller-Merrell sits down with guests to discuss trends, tools and case studies for business leaders. 

What?
Bite-sized, 25-minute episodes on a rich variety of topics. Think everything from ‘Why autonomous vehicles are inclusive’ and ‘The benefits of executive coaching in HR’ to ‘Creating a Leadership Empathy Mindset’ and ‘Improving Your Workplace Communication’.

Perfect listening spot?
25 minutes is perfect for (part of) your daily commute. 

New weekly episodes are available on Workology, Stitcher, iTunes and (many) more podcast outlets.  


The Laptop Recruiter

9. The Laptop Recruiter

Who?
The Laptop Recruiter is a podcast that was created by host Andy Whitehead for aspiring recruitment business owners. 

This is why episodes don’t only provide information on how to attract and connect with high-quality talent, but also teach listeners important lessons on how to grow a small business. 

What?
This podcast gives you useful tips for working more efficiently, building strong network connections and providing a better candidate experience. 

In other words: the Laptop Recruiter is not just meant for people looking to create their own recruitment business. 

Perfect listening spot?
Episodes are around 15 to 20 minutes usually, so perhaps while you’re on your way to a business meeting? 

New episodes are uploaded irregularly, but if you subscribe on Stitcher or iTunes, you’ll get notified of new shows.


HBR Ideacast

10. HBR IdeaCast

Who?
HBR IdeaCast isn’t an HR podcast in the strict sense of the term. It’s a business and management podcast brought to you by Harvard Business Review and hosted by Alison Beard and Curt Nickisch.  

What?
Weekly episodes cover a wide range of topics, ranging from how a rival improves performance to tips on how to fix your hiring process and everything in-between.  

Perfect listening spot?
With an average length of around 30 minutes (usually a little less even) this is a great podcast to listen when you’re on the move. 

New episodes are available on HBR, iTunes and Google Podcasts.  


The Chad & Cheese Podcast

11. The Chad & Cheese Podcast

Who?
The Chad & Cheese Podcast brings a different sound to the world of HR podcasts. Hosts Chad Sowash and Joel Cheesman are ‘here to punch the recruiting industry right where it hurts’ as they put it themselves. 

What?
HR’s most dangerous podcast features episodes on (breaking) recruitment news, brash opinion and loads of snark. 

Chad and Joel don’t shy away from asking difficult questions or sharing their controversial opinion while putting on a great show – with helpful info – at the same time.  

Perfect listening spot?
For this podcast, it’s not so much a perfect listening spot as it as a perfect listening mood. Which is whenever you feel like enjoying a good dose of snark.

There doesn’t seem to be a clear schedule when it comes to uploading new episodes, but there’s at least one a week. You can listen to them via The Chad & Cheese Podcast, iTunes, Spotify and more. 


Invisibilia

12. Invisibilia

Invisibilia might not directly fall in the HR podcasts category, but it is a podcast on human behavior which means you’ll learn a thing or two on people. 

Who?
Invisibilia, which is Latin for invisible things – fuses narrative storytelling with science ‘that will make you see your own life differently’. 

What?
Each episode explores different behaviors, reactions, and ideas and analyzes why we human beings act the way we do. 

As such, this podcast provides an interesting perspective on human behavior and helps you think differently, something that’s valuable when you work in HR and recruitment.   

Perfect listening spot?
Somewhere quiet.

New episodes usually are uploaded weekly and you can listen to them on the NPR website and iTunes


The Future of Work Podcast

13. The Future of Work 

Who?
The Future of Work podcast is a weekly show where host Jacob Morgan has in-depth discussions with senior executives and business leaders around the world on the future of work. 

What?
Each one-hour episode of this HR podcast explores a new topic and features a special guest. Why is the world of work changing? How is work changing? What do you and your organization need to do about it?  

Perfect listening spot?
In a warm bath with a glass of wine or in a rocking chair on a porch, also with a glass of wine. 

New weekly episodes are available on, among others, The Future of Work, iTunes, Spotify.


Recruiting Future

14. Recruiting Future 

Who?
It’s difficult to write an article about HR and recruitment podcasts without including Matt Alder’s Recruiting Future

In his podcast, Matt explores innovation and futurology in recruitment and HR.   

What?
In a weekly, 25-minute episode Matt Alder interviews thought leaders and professionals who are changing the hiring industry. The Recruiting Future podcast consistently delivers high-quality content with top-level guests and great insights. 

Perfect listening spot?
On your (morning) commute. 

New episodes are available weekly, you can listen to them on Recruiting Future and iTunes


HR podcasts

15. Illuminate HR

Who?
Nate Randall has extensive experience working in and with HR. In his weekly show, he talks with visionary thought leaders across the human work life continuum.

What?
Topics of Illuminate HR range from managing the physical, financial, and emotional demands of the modern workforce to the latest ways of providing a superior employee experience.

Perfect listening spot?
In a warm bath with a glass of wine or in a rocking chair on a porch, also with a glass of wine. 

New episodes available weekly on Monday, you can listen to them on (among others) Spotify, Google, iTunes and Illuminate HR.


HR uprising podcast

16. The HR Uprising Podcast

Who?
Business psychologist, HR change agent, speaker and coach Lucinda Carney hosts the HR Uprising Podcast. The show comes in two formats, the ‘In focus’ episodes where she delves into a specialist topic in some depth and the ‘Conversations with’ series where she interviews experts and everyday professionals from the HR/L&D field.

What?
In a weekly episode that lasts somewhere between 25 and 45 minutes, Lucinda explores HR ‘hot’ topics such as succession planning, imposter syndrome, mental health, culture change and more. We like the fact that the podcast format alternates between in focus episodes and interviews.

Perfect listening spot?
During your commute, or perhaps even while you’re having a break at work.

New episodes are available on Mondays, you can listen to them via (among others) iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and HR Uprising.


Big Fish in the Talent Pool

17. Big Fish in the Talent Pool

Who?
Erin Peterson is a partner and Global Talent Acquisition Consultant at PeopleResults. Her show Big Fish in the Talent Pool ranks in the top 10 of the Select Software Review Top 100 of HR and Recruiting Podcasts.

What?
In each episode, Erin interviews a corporate Head of Talent Acquisition to shine a light on how they got there, what keeps them up at night, and their views on the hot topics in talent acquisition today. The format is casual and very pleasant to listen to – as if you’re listening to a conversation between two leaders having a coffee – and no topic is off limits.

Perfect listening spot?
Doesn’t really matter, as long as you’re enjoying a nice cup of coffee while you’re listening.

You can follow the conversation on iTunes.


Eat sleep work repeat

18. Eat Sleep Work Repeat

Who?
Here in Paris we say ‘métro boulot dodo’ (metro, work, sleep) when we refer to the repetitiveness of work life,  so when I saw a podcast called Eat Sleep Work Repeat – make work better, I had to check it out.

Host Bruce Daisley formerly ran Twitter’s business in Europe and his first book, about improving work and work culture was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller. His podcast is #1 on the Apple Business Podcast Chart, with over 250,000 listeners every month.       

What?
Eat Sleep Work Repeat evolves around the question of how we can fix work. In each episode, Bruce chats with scientists and experts about improving our jobs. While this may not be an HR podcast in the strict sense of the word, ‘making work better’ definitely is of interest to HR professionals – or at least it should be.

Topics vary wildly and can be anything from measuring the intelligence of teams and the culture of Liverpool football club to the lies we tell about work and the power of messengers.

Perfect listening spot?
On the go for the shorter episodes and somewhere more quiet for the longer ones.

Episodes can be anything from slightly under 30 minutes to almost an hour and are available on Eat Sleep Work Repeat, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.


On a final note

If there’s one thing we know for sure it’s that there is an HR podcast out there for everyone. 

All you need to do is a bit of listening. 

Whether you want to learn about the latest developments in HR and recruitment or just hear interesting stories on human behavior or the future of work, this list of best HR podcasts will definitely get you started 

As always, please share your personal favorites with us in the comments if you don’t see them on our list yet! 

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