As we head towards the end of 2020, HR managers have risen to the occasion as key players in helping their people and organizations navigate the ever-increasing challenges that have arisen in the workplace due to COVID-19. As the world of work changes and we learn to define the new normal, we need to stay up-to-date on best practices, news, and trends.

Want to stay on top of your HR game? Check out the seven HR podcasts that we recommend that you follow in 2021. Plug in your headphones, choose an episode, and start learning! 

1. HR Happy Hour 

The HR Happy Hour, hosted by Steve Boese (Co-chair of the HR Technology Conference) and Trish McFarlane (HR executive, writer, and speaker)  is the longest-running and most-downloaded HR podcast, with over 452 episodes shared since 2009. Focusing on workplace topics and issues such as HR technology, recruiting, talent management, social media, careers, and more, the podcast often features HR leaders, academics, consultants and authors as guests on the show. 

2. Transform Your Workplace

In this popular weekly podcast, industry experts, thought leaders, HR experts, and entrepreneurs share their ideas to help you to transform your organization. Each week’s episode covers a new topic, ranging from HR, communication, and culture to business growth, leadership, and workplace trends. 


The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) podcast offers a distinctly British take on HR and is the voice of a worldwide community of more than 135,000 members committed to championing better work and working lives. This monthly podcast examines a wide range of topical workplace, HR, and learning and development issues, such as the well-being of remote workers, systemic racism in the workplace, and gender pay gap reporting.  

4. HR Works: The Podcast for HR

HR Works is hosted by Chris Ceplenski and broadcasted twice a month. Each episode has an expert guest and focuses on a single topic. Recent discussions have included harassment, inclusion, and driving diversity. 

5. Drive Thru HR

This weekly 30-minute podcast is hosted by Mike Van Dervort, Robin Schooling, Dwane Lay, and Crystal Miller-Lay and has been running since 2010. The show covers a variety of topics including HR tech, recruiting, talent management, leadership, organizational culture, and strategic HR. 

6. Nine to Thrive HR

Tune in to leading HR practitioners from Fortune 1000 companies as well as thought leaders, authors, and academics as they explore hot HR topics in short broadcasts of around 30 minutes. The hosts cover everything from talent acquisition and analytics to engagement, retention, and development.

7. Josh Bersin Academy

Josh Bersin is a world-known industry analyst, educator, and thought leader in all aspects of HR, leadership, and HR technology. His monthly podcast contains bite-sized broadcasts of up to 15 minutes and discusses topics such as corporate culture, diversity and inclusion, ethics and privacy, and HR systems. 

What are you waiting for? Listen to podcasts while walking, driving, commuting,or working out—it’s always podcast time!

Ruth Stern

From Ruth Stern

Ruth is a content manager at Hibob. When she isn’t working, she spends her free time planting flowers in her garden and playing the piano.