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8 Podcasts to Help You Ring in the New Year

The Nice-to-Listen to List: 8 Podcasts to Help You Ring in the New Year

With just a few days of 2021 remaining and 2022 fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to take a break, reflect on the rollercoaster year that was, and prepare for what’s to come. A great way to do that is by pouring a cup (or two or three) of your favorite beverage, putting your feet up, and listening to some insightful commentary on the changing role of HR and the future of work.

Let’s face it, in the ever-changing world of people leadership, there’s always something new to learn, and podcasts are a great mechanism to get information quickly and in an entertaining, easily absorbable fashion. But there are so many great podcasts to choose from, how do you make the most of your time? Consider your end-of-year wish granted! We’ve compiled the “nice list” of our favorite podcast episodes to get you ready to tackle 2022 with a fresh perspective.

  1. HBR IdeaCast, Episode 830, “One Way to Fight the Great Resignation? Re-recruit Your Current Employees” – The weekly podcast hosted by Alison Beard and Curt Nickisch, senior editors at the Harvard Business Review, focuses on timely topics and issues in human resources across industries. In this particular episode, Debbie Cohen and Kate Roeske-Zummer, co-founders of HumanityWorks, discuss the importance of current employees in combating attrition. With so many open positions, employers are increasingly focused on filling open roles versus paying attention to the employees already resident within their company. Cohen and Roeske-Zummer advise that organizations must “re-recruit” current employees to show they are valued and appreciated in order to retain them or else the companies will have even more seats to fill. Our research backs up the importance of recognition and gratitude. Listen to more episodes or subscribe to the podcast at

  2. HR Party of One, Dec. 2, 2021, “Satisfaction and Retention: How Taking Surveys Can Help You Keep Employees” – As an employee survey provider, we like this one for obvious reasons. Host Sarah Hecht discusses the benefits of listening to employees and the importance of culture in employee engagement and retention. Episodes of this weekly podcast are only about 10 minutes long, so it’s perfect for when you want quick bites of relevant information between meetings, or even when you’re on the go. Find out more at

  3. Nine to Thrive HR, Dec. 13, 2021, The Evolution of Employee Listening with John Borland – Shameless plug alert: John Borland is the CEO of Perceptyx, so, of course, this makes the list, but it’s also great content and extremely relevant for HR pros struggling with the Great Resignation, the transition to hybrid/remote work, and other factors impact employee experience. In this episode, host Cindi Koetzle and John discuss the importance of changing your listening strategy to meet the demands of today’s workforce and how to engage employees in a collaborative, inclusive conversation that encourages idea-sharing and results in actions. John includes specific customer examples and data to highlight how employee feedback helps to power high-performance and improve employee retention. Subscribe to Nine to Thrive for engaging discussions on all aspects of the HR profession, including featured interviews with HR practitioners from Fortune 1000 companies, industry thought-leaders, authors, and academics at

  4. The Future of Work with Jacob Morgan, Nov. 22, “11 Ways Employees Are Evolving & How You Need to Adapt” – Jacob Morgan has great insights into leadership, the future of work, employee experience and leadership, and this episode showcases that perfectly. He discusses how technology, which keeps us constantly connected, has made the 9-5 job a thing of the past. He also talks about how work-life balance is transitioning to a work-life integration and what that means for in-person, hybrid, and remote working. Learn more from his expertise at

  5. All About HR, Dec. 9, 2021, “The Best of Season 1” – This episode breaks down the most recent podcast season into easily digestible, yet insightful nuggets. Host Neelie Verlinden and Dr. Dieter Veldsman recap theirs and guests’ takes on topics like using data in HR for decision-making, the essential skills for HR professionals, how the approach to career development is changing, the importance of focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and so much more. If you haven’t checked out this podcast yet, this episode will get you hooked. Find past episodes at

  6. Pages of HR, Nov. 10, “Building an Inclusive and Equitable Organization” – This is a new podcast from HR Daily Advisor and is hosted by Bianca Herron. In each episode, she interviews authors of HR-related books, and for this one, she was joined by Arthur Woods, co-founder of Mathison, and Susanna Tharakan, head of diversity at Sisense, who co-authored Hiring For Diversity: The Guide to Building an Inclusive and Equitable Organization, which is billed as the first book dedicated to diversity hiring. With the Great Resignation, the pandemic, and social injustice issues all impacting marginalized communities in exceptional ways, this podcast and book sets out to help HR leaders learn ways to build a more diverse organization. Find more books for your reading list at

  7. Digital HR Leaders with David Green; Episode 87, “The Role of People Analytics in Enabling Employee Success” – In this episode, David talks to Ernest Ng, vice president of global employee success strategy and people analytics at Salesforce, about how people analytics has changed thanks to technology, and why it’s more important than ever in the employee-centric work model. Ng also shares his team’s approach to hybrid work, skills inference, and the critical elements for finding success with people analytics. This weekly podcast with its outstanding guests of industry leaders never disappoints. Find more at

  8. #WorkTrends, Nov. 5, “The State of the Frontline Work Experience in 2021” – As we’ve learned over the last 20 months, front-line workers have been hit hard by the pandemic, labor shortages, and more. These workers are burnt out, underappreciated, and underpaid. In this episode, host Meghan M. Biro talks with JD Dillon, Axonify’s chief learning architect, about why front-line workers are unhappy and ready to leave their jobs and how to remedy those issues. Get more information from other TalentCulture podcasts at

More Insights to Help You Prepare for 2022 in Action

Hopefully, this playlist introduced you to some new resources to help you gear up and tackle 2022. Ready for more? Visit Perceptyx’s own resource library for data-driven reports, guides, and customer success stories, or subscribe to our blog for more timely perspective on employee surveys, employee experience, employee listening programs, and much more.

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