Did you know that the human resources/staffing and resources industry is filled with the second-happiest workers in America? If you’re an HR veteran, the discovery might not be much of a revelation; after all, HR associates should be happy, resourceful people who are able to maintain a great balance between the best interests of the employees and the employer. That said, just because human resources is generally a “happy field,” does not mean that it is an easy one, too.
These days, human resources personnel are swept up in a new wave of technological innovation that has completely changed the face of recruiting and engagement. This means that it is the job of the HR manager to keep abreast of all of the latest shifts, particularly when it comes to automation, hiring/staffing trends and employment trends, such as location independence and gamification.
To help you better hone your HR skills, we have rounded up 50 of the top HR-related podcasts. Each and every series is chock-full of tips, tricks, and insightful interviews, and are sure to provide you with management inspiration galore. Follow the links below to access the podcasts, podcast websites, and transcripts. Please note, we have listed our top 50 HR podcasts in alphabetical order.
The HR specialists over at the HR Guru have posted a backlog of hard-hitting episodes that answer some of the most pressing listener-submitted questions. The most intriguing topics include social media’s role in job searching, the most important resume inclusions, and even layoff preparation for companies small and large. Submit questions via Twitter to @TheHRGuruX.
Three episodes we like from Ask the HR Guru:
HR expert Mohamed Sabry runs MST Training, a platform that provides detailed educational courses for budding and established HR professionals. Along with his curriculum, he has also shared a series of short podcast episodes that are spoken, audio versions of his company’s most sought-after articles. For a complete view of Sabry’s helpful blog posts, be sure to check out his website.
Three episodes we like from Audio Articles of HR:
B2B Nation: HR is a part of the TechnologyAdvice podcast network, a group that provides content that focuses on emerging technology trends and how companies can most effectively integrate them. That said, even the least tech-savvy practitioners can reap the benefits of this show. B2B Nation: HR also focuses on HR basics, such as skills gaps, HR in government, and even creative gamification in the workplace.
Three episodes we like from B2B Nation: HR:
Boasting an archive of nearly 150 episodes, CIPD podcast is one of the most prolific podcast networks currently available to the HR world. To sweeten the deal, CIPD also provides helpful supplemental materials to go along with each episode, such as full interactive transcripts, practical guidance, up-to-date research, and a list of topics, from HR, OD, L&D, and beyond.
Three episodes we like from CIPD Podcast:
Popular Financial’s Podcast, Don’t HR Alone, is hosted by Rhamy Alejeal and aims to provide up-to-date, ultra-relevant topics that every level of HR professional needs to know. Along with the pertinent topics, Don’t HR Alone also features weekly interviews from some of the best and brightest thought leaders in the field. Don’t HR Alone is a free podcast that is available on iTunes.
Three episodes we like from Don’t HR Alone:
With over 300 information-packed episodes available, DriveThruHR is one of the most thorough on-demand audio tools available to HR professionals Each week, hosts Michael Van Devort and Robin Schooling, interview a new guest on a wide range of topics from technology to best practices and beyond. Every 30-minute episode is currently available for free on iTunes.
Three episodes we like from DriveThru HR – HR Conversations:
- Michael Talks People Analytics with Tom McKeown of TrenData
- Talking to Kickass Coach Kelly Poulson
- Mike Talks to Himself
Each week, legal and HR expert, Allison Colley, covers a brand new topic before providing relevant examples of real-life HR-related court cases. Her long repertoire includes issues such as wrongful termination, employee suspension regulations, mental health program implementation, and much more. For even more in-depth information on each topic, check out Colley’s ‘Useful Links’ section on her Stitcher episode pages.
Three episodes we like from The Employment Law and HR Podcast:
Back in 2015, SAP Radio released a series of HR-related podcast episodes entitled “Game-Changing HR Leaders.” The podcast, hosted by Bonnie D. Graham, includes hour-long interviews featuring some of the most important movers and shakers in the HR world. Though the podcast is not currently airing anymore, the full archived series is available for listening on Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from Game-Changing HR Leaders:
The busiest HR professionals might not have time to listen to an hour-long podcast, which is why we love “Hard Hat HR Audio Blog.” The episodes are less than 15 minutes long, but each one is chock-full of helpful information, including in-depth outlining of HR strategies, services, and functions. This podcast is available via Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from Hard Hat HR Audio Blog:
- Jeeps, Tires, and an HR Foundation
- What is a Strategic Plan?
- The Problem with Performance Appraisals
The HBR IdeaCast, hosted by Sarah Green Carmicheal, is yet another great option for those seeking a quick, yet informative listening experience. The podcast, which is produced by the Harvard Business Review, is a weekly show that covers the most current shifts in all areas of business, including HR and management. Some of its latest guests include John Kerry, Katherine Phillips, Bill Clinton, and James Patterson.
Three episodes we like from HBR Happy Hour:
One of today’s top HR podcasts is none other than the Nine-to-Thrive HR podcast. The show, which is produced by the Human Capital Institute, features a new interview for each monthly episode. Some recent episode subjects include developing strategic planning essentials, re-evaluating performance management, big data predictions, and building mindful work cultures.
Three episodes we like from HCI’s Nine-to-Thrive HR Podcast:
- Ambiguity in Your Office? Don’t Worry, Be Happy
- Why Companies Need to Put Employee Well-Being at the Top of Their Priority List
- Master Artisans of the Workplace Renaissance
12. Hire Up Podcast
John P. Beck Jr. hosts the Hire Up Podcast, a show that bills itself as being devoted to “everything human resources.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, Beck Jr.’s podcast includes a vast range of subjects–from personnel basics to high-tech management tools – which are discussed with a diverse group of real-life HR powerhouses. Episodes of the Hire Up Podcast are available for download on Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from Hire Up Podcast:
- The Business of Giving with Guest Lain Hensley
- Get Better with Guest Todd Davis
- The Future of Work with Jacob Morgan
Entelo’s weekly HR podcast, Hiring on All Cylinders, aims to provide important conversations about everything hiring and talent acquisition-related. In each, new addition, guest hosts spend anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes discussing a topic that they feel is currently shifting the face of HR, either for better or worse. Included in the interviews are a range of perspectives coming from different leadership ranks, such as CEOs, HR managers, sales experts, security directors, and more.
Three episodes we like from Hiring on All Cylinders:
- The Economic Influence in Talent
- High Impact Talent Acquisition
- Welcome to the Age of Recruiting Automation
Hiring Tips Podcasts provides helpful advice on talent acquisition for HR managers. Each episode is ultra-short – typically, between 2 to 5 minutes – but every one is jam-packed with seasoned tricks for selecting the best possible candidates. Episodes are released bi-monthly and are available on Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from Hiring Tips Podcast:
Bill Banham hosts the HRchat Podcast, a show that is produced by HR Gazette. In each episode, Banham speaks with a new guest from the HR world, discussing topics that range from culture to employee engagement, and beyond. You can listen to all 75 episodes of the HRchat Podcast for FREE on the HR Gazette website.
Three episodes we like from HRchat Podcast:
Aldeen Simmonds-Thorpe, the owner of HR consulting firm Aldeen Simmonds-Thorpe, Inc., hosts the HR & Career podcast. New episodes are posted several times per month and feature a range of important HR thought leader guests. Recent discussions include topics like, recruitment bias control, talent acquisition budgeting, and relationship-building. The episodes are available on the company website and Stitcher.
Three episodes with HR and Career with AldeenST:
Paycom’s bi-monthly podcast, HR Breakroom, is hosted by business veterans and content creators, Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice. Episodes feature hard-hitting interviews with guests that occupy an array of different spaces and titles. Recent episodes include topics like sexual harassment training, corporate philanthropy, and workplace flexibility. You can subscribe to HR Breakroom on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from HR Break Room:
- Passion and Focus: Inspiring Employee Dedication
- Millennials at Work: How HR Can Connect
- Safety First: Proactive Crisis Management
Hosted by James Macken and Tony Chase, the HR Breakfast Club features live recorded conversations from the organization’s monthly morning event series. The show, which is recorded in Canberra, Australia, focuses in on a broad spectrum of topics, including some very sensitive ones, like employee vaccinations and drug testing. You can subscribe to the HR Breakfast Club on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
Three episodes we like from the HR Breakfast Club:
19. HR Confidential
HR Confidential is hosted by the Regional Director of Human Resources at Crain Communications, Heather Krentler. The podcast features very short, 10 minutes and under episodes that narrow in on many of the typical issues that come across the desks of HR leaders, including employee rule enforcement and workplace politics control. HR Confidential can be subscribed to using Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from HR Confidential:
Having just published its 193rd episode, HRExaminer Radio is one of the longest-running HR-related podcasts available today. In each episode, John Sumser interviews a new executive on their experiences working in the current HR climate. This weekly podcast also has a sister show, HR Tech Weekly, which is hosted by Sumser and Stacey Harris. You can listen to both shows on iTunes or the HRExaminer website.
Three episodes we like from HR Examiner Radio:
- HRExaminer Executive Conversations w/ Jason Lauritsen
- HR Examiner Executive Conversations w/ Laura Bilazarian
- HR Examiner Executive Conversations w/ John Stoss
The HR Guff ‘n Stuff podcast is hosted by HR consultant, Gordon Teasdale, and presented by Greg Friel. Its three published episodes focus on the topics of culture, talent, and engagement. Subscribe or listen to the latest episodes on Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from HR Guff ‘n Stuff:
Hosted by human resources expert, Steve Boese, HR Happy Hour is a popular podcast that serves as the audio centerpiece for H3 HR Advisors. This show has been in production for nearly 10 years and has three sister shows under its HR Happy Hour Podcast Network umbrella – Research on the Rocks, HR Market Watch, and We’re Only Human. You can listen to and download episodes of all four shows on the HR Happy Hour website.
Three episodes we like from HR Happy Hour:
- We’re Only Human 29 – How to Improve Your Technical Recruiting
- 343 – Taking on Today’s Talent Acquisition Challenges
- 330 – Why is Hiring Still So Hard?
23. HR Heroes
New podcast, HR Heroes by breatheHR, provides its listeners with stories of small business who “recognize that their people are key to their business success.” The show is hosted by breatheHR CEO, Jonathan Richards, and each week he conducts a new discussion with an HR expert guest. HR Heroes is currently available for download and streaming on a number of different platforms.
Three episodes we like from HR Heroes:
- Nikki Gatenby on Culture as a Business Strategy
- Wendy Read on Building a Pro-Employee Culture
- Rob May on Communicating Company Culture to Stakeholders
Currently, on its 92nd installment, HR Leaders is a weekly podcast hosted by Chris Rainey, CEO of HRD Leaders. Each episode, Rainey selects a hard-hitting topic and invites a fellow HR expert on the show to discuss their thoughts, feelings, and overall experience working in the field. You can listen and subscribe to HR Leaders on various platforms, including Stitcher, iTunes, Spotify, and more.
Three episodes we like from HR Leaders Podcast:
- How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Predictive People Analytics
- Change Your Leaders to Change Your Culture
- AI and the Future of Work
Alicia Cuello, a senior HR consultant and conference speaker based in the Denver area, hosts HR Lifeline, a show that “gives a behind the scenes look at the recruitment process in companies.” Each podcast episode is a short 3-5 minutes long and consists of Cuello answering the toughest and most insightful user-submitted questions. You can listen to and download HR Lifeline on Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from HR Lifeline: Fast Answers to Tough Questions:
26. HR Over Coffee
HR Over Coffee is a podcast that provides bite-sized episodes, many of which clock in at less than 5 minutes. Each installment dives deep into a range of topics, such as job ad writing tips, employee communication, lawsuit minimization for managers, tax record-keeping tips and much more. You can listen and subscribe to HR Over Cofee on iTunes and Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from HR Over Coffee:
27. HR Radio
HR Radio is a podcast that provides “common sense solutions to HR issues.” Each hour-long episode consists of a new topic that the hosts discusses, along with various listener questions. The latest installment tackles the subject of working mothers and fathers in the workplace and how HR can best support them. You can listen to and download episodes of HR Radio on Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from HR Radio:
- HR’s Role in Employee Termination
- How to Handle Rumors and Gossip in Your Growing Business
- College Career Centers and Millennials
Each week, HR pros John Thurmond and Wendy Dailey host the HR Social Hour Half Hour Podcast. The show consists of insightful discussions with HR thought leaders from around the world. The hosts also conduct a monthly #HRSocialHour on Twitter on the 4th Sunday of each month at 7 pm ET. There, listeners can submit their questions and feedback. The HR Social Hour Half Hour Podcast is available on Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from the HR Social Hour Half Hour Podcast:
- Jon Talks to Sara Potecha
- John and Wendy Talk to Sarah Noll Wilson
- John and Wendy Talk to Chris Orozco
29. HR Solved
Produced by HR firm Insight, the HR Solved podcast gives the microphone to the company’s best and brightest HR leaders. Each short installment features topics such as interviewing prospective employees, health insurance selection strategies, self-funding group medical plans, and much more. HR Solved is available on iTunes and Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from HR Solved:
The HR Studio Podcast, presented by A.J. O’Connor Associates, is a bi-weekly podcast that has been in production for close to three years. Each 15-30-minute long episode consists of discussions with important leaders in the HR world, including academics, authors, keynote speakers, and more. You can listen to and download the HR Studio Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, or watch video clips of the episodes on YouTube.
Three episodes we like from HR Studio Podcast:
- How to Unleash Effective Collaboration
- Creating a Culture of Innovation
- How to Pay Attention to Make Attention Pay
HR Talk!, a podcast presented by Baezco learning classes, releases new episodes every Monday. Hosts, Efrain “Ricky” Baez Jr., MHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, and J.C., are both HR and interpersonal communication specialists who, each week, interview a new guest on hard-hitting topics, like franchising, HR current events, and more. You can listen to and download the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and TuneIn.
Three episodes we like from HR Talk!:
HR Works: The Podcast for Human Resources is a bi-monthly show that tackles some of the toughest subjects that HR professionals are made to deal with today, like workplace transparency, virtual talent development, gamification, and much more. You can listen to HR Works: The Podcast for Human Resources on the HR Daily Advisor website or on Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from HR Works: The Podcast for Human Resources:
- How Can HR Combat Unconcious Bias?
- Strategic Talent Management
- Practices of Extraordinary Workplace Teams
Xenium’s Human Resources for Small Business is one of the only podcasts that focus on HR for startups, small businesses, and emerging industries. Host Brandon Laws dives into new subjects weekly and facilitates discussions with thought leaders, authors, and academics in the small business HR world. You can listen to and download Human Resources for Small Business on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from Human Resources for Small Business:
34. Inside HR Tech
Inside HR Tech is hosted by the founder of RecruitBase.io, Michael Marlatt. Each episode delves into a range of exciting tech-related topics, such as video hiring, digital job boards, and recruitment mobile apps. Each week, the host chats with the companies that are producing and innovating upon these new HR technologies. You can listen to Inside HR Tech on Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from Inside HR Tech:
- Wearable Technology Recruiting: Future or Fad?
- How to Create on a Video Interviewing Strategy
- Instacruit: The Next Big Thing in Mobile Job Search & Networking?
The K12 HR Solutions Podcast is truly one of a kind. It’s a show that focuses solely on the issues and innovations of HR personnel working in the K-12 school environment. In each installment, K-12 HR mastermind, Chett Daniel, brings listeners through a series of important topics, such as effective teacher recruitment, school safety protocols, and much more. You can access supplemental blog posts for each episode when you visit the K12 website.
Three episodes we like from K12 HR Solutions Podcast:
- FLSA Update for School District Leaders
- Why Do Teachers Quit?
- A Lapsed Anarchist’s View on School Leadership
In addition to having a great title, The Mighty Morphing HR Changers is a podcast that regularly provides listeners with some of the most hard-hitting, up-to-date info from the HR world. Hosts Meg and Davonte speak candidly about the real-life hurdles that HR professionals face in the workplace today, putting a particular emphasis on bridging the gap between the corporate establishment and the new wave of Millennial leadership. You can listen to the Mighty Morphing HR Changers on Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from the Mighty Morphing HR Changers:
- The DNA in Diversity
- Fearless Millenials vs. Ancient Corporate America
- An HR Celebration Every Time We Link Up
Raising the HR Bar, presented by the Modern Business Association, is a podcast that follows “the latest HR updates, issues, tips, and tricks.” In each monthly episode, presenters Diedra Demps and Bianca Hatten take time to cover the toughest-to-understand tasks associated with HR, such as compliance, safety procedures, and employers rights. For free MBA webinar access, be sure to click the links in the episode descriptions.
Three episodes we like from Raising the HR Bar:
- OSHA: Better Be Safe Than Sorry
- Creating a Safe and Healthy Workplace
- No Bullies Allowed – Improving Your Workplace Culture
In his podcast, Recruiters Live Lounge, Roy Ripper invites on a new HR superstar and asks them a very important question: “What was your biggest failure?” Perhaps unsurprisingly, Ripper is able to parlay the answers into insightful, teachable moments for his listeners. Part self-help and part industry show, Recruiters Live Lounge is a perfect choice for those HR professionals who are striving to do better for their organizations and for themselves.
Three episodes we like from Recruiters Live Lounge:
- Kai Murray Tells You How to Invest in the Future
- Toby Thwaites Likes to Keep Ahead of the Curve
- Tony Babb on Being the Hardest Worker in the World
The Recruiting Future Podcast recently celebrated its 150th episode with a set of well-rounded interviews, which included guests Simon Rutter, former Global Employer Brand Director at Takeda, Fiona Alder, an experienced board level director in the drink industry, and Craig Donaldson, CEO of Metro Bank PLC. All episodes are hosted by HR guru, Matt Adler, and delve into a series of topics, from fundamental HR practices to the future of HR tech, and everything in between. You can listen to and download the Recruiting Future Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from The Recruiting Future Podcast:
Jen Arnold’s Redesigning Wellness Podcast “explores the world of corporate health to help employers build strategic wellness programs that engage employees.” Each week, the host interviews a new guest, many of which are powerful leaders in the HR and business worlds. Her focus is to provide listeners with a better understanding of how to best achieve a healthy corporate culture that emphasizes inclusiveness, compliance, and wellness. You can listen to the Redesigning Wellness Podcast on Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from Redesigning Wellness:
In his podcast, RTW Nation, Mark Stipic, aka #TheWorkCover Guy, delves deep into the Return to Work and workers compensations field. The Aussie interviews industry experts, HR professionals, and even employees to give listeners a full view of the scope and span of RTW. You can listen to and download RTW Nation on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from RTW Nation:
- How to Influence Culture by Sharing Stories
- Meet Anna Cares
- 3 Steps to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs
Chris Dyer hosts Talent Talk Radio, a weekly podcast that features insightful interviews with the best and brightest from today’s recruitment world, including HR leaders, CEOs, authors, and more. In the show’s most recent episode, Dyer has conversations with David Zinger, Chief Engagement Officer of David Zinger & Associates, and Lori Shaw, Vice President at Total Vision, on the challenges and future of employee engagement. You can listen to episodes on the Talent Talk Radio Show website.
Three episodes we like from Talent Talk:
The Talent Angle with Scott Engler is a weekly podcast that “explores new approaches to talent.” In each installment, Engler puts a spotlight on some of the greatest HR innovators of our time, including economists, coaches, and academics. Episodes range from roughly 10 minutes to 60 minutes, with each one focusing on a range of topics that cover the future of recruitment.
Three episodes we like from The Talent Angle with Scott Engler:
- Creating Leadership Awareness with Dr. Bob Rosen
- Cracking the Culture Code with Daniel Coyle
- Creating Grounded Leaders
44. That HR Podcast
People Management Magazine’s podcast, That HR Podcast, is a monthly show that features many of the topics covered in the pages of the L&D and HR publications, such as social media recruiting, apprenticeships, workplace diversity, and much more. Each episode is hosted by People Management Magainze’s staff writer, Emily Burt, and includes expert guests from all realms of HR and L&D. You can listen to That HR Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from That HR Podcast:
Peter Clayton’s TotalPicture: Talent Acquisition, HR Tech, Careers, Leadership, Future of Work podcast is a show that provides a unique, well-rounded view of today’s HR landscape. In addition to speaking on a wide range of related topics, Clayton also reports on the biggest annual HR conferences, including SHRM, HCI, Recruiting Trends, and HR Tech.
Three episodes we like from TotalPicture:
- The Ten Talents that Define Entrepreneurs
- Meet the Multilingual Chatbox, XOR
- The Rising Impact of Financial Wellness
Unraveling HR: How Success Happens is a podcast hosted by HR guru and success facilitator Tony Zamora. Zamora regularly interviews “business leaders & HR professionals to peel back the layers on how success happens.” The host books best-selling authors, CEOs, and successful HR leaders and speaks with them on topics that range of entrepreneurship to building corporate languages. You can subscribe to Unraveling HR: How Success happens on Zamora’s website or on Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from Unraveling HR: How Success Happens:
- Success and How to Break Into a New Career Field
- Importance of the Entrepreneurial HR Partner
- Creating an Internal Gig Economy
Michigan Wellness Council produces WellBites, a podcast whose “mission is to be the trusted resource and connector for workplace wellness collaboration.” Each installment features an interview with an HR leader and brings with it a series of informative questions and insights on how to promote a healthier workplace and workforce. You can listen to and download WellBites on Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from WellBites: Workplace Wellness Podcast:
Workopolis, Canada’s leading career and HR site, produces a podcast called Workopolis: Safe for Work. Each episode features a new, highly-relevant topic, such as performance review efficacy, the future of HR automation, and even questions on career pages. You can listen to and download Workopolis: Safe for Work on Stitcher.
Three episodes we like from Workopolis: Safe for Work:
- How to Recruit at Career Fairs
- How to Use Social Media for Employer Branding
- What Do You Need to Know Before Making a Counteroffer
Xpert HR regularly produces podcasts on a range of unique, highly-pertinent subjects, such as sexual harassment, the future of drug testing, and pregnancy accommodation laws. Visit the Xpert HR website to listen to and download these episodes, and to access an archive of its free webinars.
Three episodes we like from Xpert HR Podcasts:
- #MeToo Movement Sparks New Anti-Sexual Harassment Laws
- What HR Must Do to Survive and Thrive
- Podcast: Is the Gig Economy More Myth Than Reality?
Last, but certainly not least is the Yin and Yang of HR with Host Pamela Horton. Horton is a human capital and employee engagement consultant who takes her time to educate listeners on the ins and outs of organizational development, wellness, and healthy corporate cultures. You can listen and subscribe to Horton’s podcast on Stitcher and Apple Podcasts.
Three episodes we like from the Yin and Yang of HR with Host Pamela Horton: