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The 8 Must-Listen-to HR Podcasts to Brighten Your Last Days of Summer

By Melanie Klag - August 27, 2021

As summer winds down, it’s a great time to get in one last road trip, relax on the porch in the summer breeze, or enjoy some delicious ice cream treats from your favorite local spot. Nothing goes better with those activities than listening to entertaining and informative HR podcasts that will help you prepare for the busy fall season.

In the fast-moving world of HR, podcasts are a great mechanism to quickly absorb new information, learn about trends and stay up to date on the latest in employee engagement, culture, benefits, and everything else an HR professional must know. With the popularity of podcasts on the rise (people spent 15 billion hours listening to podcasts so far in 2021, more than any other year according to Semrush), there are certainly a plethora of choices to listen to in your limited free time. We’re here to help. We narrowed down our list of must-listen-to HR podcasts to our top eight. These programs will provide insights to inspire, motivate, and prepare you to take on any challenges that you will face in the last quarter of 2021 and beyond.

Put It on Your Playlist

  1. “The Future of Work with Jacob Morgan” – As an expert on leadership, the future of work, employee experience and leadership, Morgan is a bestselling author, sought-after speaker and founder of The Future of Work University, an online education platform that helps people learn to thrive in a changing work environment. He uses his weekly podcast to share his insights and discuss with other business leaders how the world of work is changing and what that means for all professionals. Learn more at thefutureorganization.com/future-work-podcast.
  2. “WorkLife with Adam Grant” – A TED original podcast, “WorkLife” explores the science behind making work enjoyable. An organizational psychologist, bestselling author and Wharton’s top-rated professor, Adam Grant believes work should be worth the time we spend at it (more than a quarter of our lives on average), so he interviews a variety of interesting professionals to understand what makes them tick and to discover their keys to a better work life. From his studio or out in the field, Grant’s interviews provide an immersive look into different careers while teaching us all one thing: we’ll never see our jobs the same way again. Find out more at www.ted.com/podcasts/worklife.
  3. “The Hennessy Report” – Created by Keystone Partners and hosted by Dave Hennessy, senior vice president of Keystone Partners, “The Hennessy Report” is a free podcast that features in-depth conversations with the leading HR executives in the United States. Throughout the series, HR professionals discuss critical issues and emerging trends in HR and business. Topics have included: leadership transparency, DE&I, and talent acquisition. Before each episode, the Northeast HR Association Emerging HR Professionals group submits one question that will then be asked to the guest at the beginning of the podcast. Listeners can submit a question for consideration to the group. Get more information on the podcast and question submittal at www.nehra.com/page/TheHennessyReport
  4. Dare to Lead with Brené Brown” – Brown’s latest podcast, based on her book of the same title, aims to help listeners step up, challenge themselves, and become brave leaders. She spent seven years researching what it takes to be courageous in leadership and continues to share what she’s learned through her podcast. “Dare to Lead” is a mix of conversations with change-making leaders and solo episodes from Brown herself diving into complex topics on courage, bravery, and leadership. Learn more at daretolead.brenebrown.com
  5. “HBR IdeaCast” – Hosted by Alison Beard and Curt Nickisch, senior editors at the Harvard Business Review, “HBR IdeaCast” brings together leaders in business and management to discuss hot-button issues and topics that effect myriad industries. From HR to marketing and everything in between, this weekly podcast provides eye-opening and intellectual conversations on all things business, including DE&I, AI, entrepreneurship, hybrid work environments and much more. Check it out at hbr.org/2018/01/podcast-ideacast
  6. “HR Happy Hour” – Steve Boese, the co-chair of the HR Technology Conference, and Trish McFarlane, CEO of H3 HR Advisors, host this highly downloaded and longest continuously running internet radio show and HR podcast, which went on the air in 2009. The show focuses on human resources, management, leadership, and workforce technology. It also tackles tough workplace topics and issues, such as talent management, recruiting, social media, etc., with impressive HR leaders, academics, consultants, authors, and more. Find additional information and resources at www.hrhappyhour.net.

  7. “Digital HR Leaders with David Green” – As organizations and industries increasingly go digital, so must HR. David Green uses his podcast to help educate HR professionals on preparing for the future of work and the skills they will need to process, produce, and leverage digital information to create business value. To do so, he speaks with numerous HR leaders who are driving digital and data-driven transformations in their organizations. Learn more at www.myhrfuture.com/digital-hr-leaders-podcast.
  8. “Redefining HR” explores the talent side of HR, focusing on people practices, recruiting, culture, employee engagement, and more. The weekly podcast features a conversation between Lars Schmidt, the host of the show and HR professional with more than 20 years in the field, and other mavericks, creators, builders, and more from a range of industries. They discuss how they build their teams, what motivates them, and where things can be improved upon in HR. Through real-life experience, stories and insights, they weave a compelling tale for all to listen to. Get more information at amplifytalent.com/podcast

Stay Informed with HR Podcasts 

This is a great list to get ideas flowing, questions answered, and thoughts building, but it is by no means all that the podcast world has to offer in human resources. Search and find the ones that are best for you and what you are looking for. Explore these and others and be sure to share what you learn with your team. 

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