You may think listening to podcasts is just a way to survive a boring commute or a way to kill time while folding laundry. The truth is that they not only take your mind off of monotonous tasks, but they also keep you inspired, educated and informed. Many industries and organisations are dealing with massive changes due to an emerging use of technology, new employment regulations and a younger and more diverse workforce. It’s often the role of HR to help the company adapt to these changes – something that you may already have experienced. Additionally, a growing number of business leaders understand that the success of a company depends on employees and their level of engagement and job satisfaction. It gives HR professionals an opportunity to play a more strategic role and work hand-in-hand with management. 


To make it easier to jump into the changing functions of HR, develop your skills to fit into the future of work and make your career shine, we’ve put together a list of seven podcasts you should be following.


HR Happy Hour – hosted by Steve Boese and Trish McFarlane

With over 200 episodes aired since 2009, HR Happy Hour is the longest running and top downloaded HR podcast. Hosted by Steve Boese (Co-Chair of the HR Technology Conference) and Trish McFarlane (HR Executive, writer and speaker), this podcast provides excellent material, news, and best practices focusing on management, leadership, workforce technology and more.


HR Examiner Radio Hour – hosted by John Sumser

John Sumser interviews the people whose ideas are shaping the HR and Recruitment industry. Academics, authors, strategists and ground breaking practitioners stop by to tell their stories. Stacey Harris (the driving force behind the industry’s longest running survey) joins John on Thursdays for a rollicking discussion of the week in HRTech.


Best part of my job – hosted by Lars Schmidt

Lars Schmidt has always been curious about different professions – how difficult are they to master? What separates good from great? What’s interesting? What sucks? This podcast is a project highlighting stories from the world of work, exploring different career paths to share wisdom and experience across a broad range of professions.


HBR IdeaCast – by Harvard Business Review

A weekly podcast featuring leading thinkers in business and management. With cream of the crop hosts, from CEOs to research leaders and authors to internationally acclaimed cellist talking about successful collaboration, this smart pod distills the most urgent conundrums of the modern workplace.


CIPD podcast – by Chartered Institute of Personnel

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) is the voice of a worldwide community of more than 135,000 members committed to championing better work and working lives. This monthly podcast on all things HR covers topics from trends in family-friendly workplaces, to mountains of original research on things like barriers to leadership. A distinctly British take on HR, with broadly applicable lessons.


The Employment Law & HR Podcast – hosted by Alison Colley

A podcast designed to bring you an update on the Law and best practice for managing and recruiting staff and for dealing with any issues that may arise at work. Employment law changes on a daily basis and it can be really hard to keep up to date with the changes and essential elements of what you need to know to successfully run your business. This podcast is designed to bring you all the information you need to know in an easy to listen, easy to understand and easy to implement way.


Nine To Thrive HR – by Human Capital Institute

Looking for fresh content to solve your human capital issues but don’t have a full hour? Subscribe to the HCI podcast series 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.


It’s easier now more than ever to find, subscribe and listen to hundreds of free podcasts – the possibilities are almost endless. Start optimising your time and listen to podcasts while walking, driving, commuting or working out. You’ll be inspired and become more educated. Most importantly, you’ll be aware of new trends, challenges and innovations in the near future of HR.

PS. If you already are a podcasts fan, we would love to hear from you. Please leave your comment below.

From Joanna Pardo

Joanna is a journalist and a passionate advocate for Social Media. She truly believes the more digital we become, the more human we must be. Social media gives people the chance to feel part of a community and create genuine human connections.