Posted by Trakstar • July 5, 2022 (Last modified August 18, 2023) • 7 min read
Finding a human resources podcast is a bit like finding a rainbow unicorn in the wild – it’s hard to do! However, there are some truly great resources for HR leaders looking for podcasts. The best podcasts for HR professionals tend to be smaller, independent podcasts that are hosted by and feature guests from people within the HR sphere. These aren’t people looking from the outside looking in – they are in the trenches either as HR leaders or working with HR leaders.
So what are some of our favorite podcasts for HR professionals? What do we listen to when we want to know HR professionals’ real problems? Here are our top choices:
We have to start with Trakstar’s own PeopleStar Podcast. Hosted by Julie Rieken, PeopleStar is a podcast that focuses on the problems facing the modern workplace: remote and hybrid workforces, attracting and retaining top talent, company culture problems, processes and alignment, and so much more.
Julie’s guests come from everywhere. They are HR leaders and professionals, business owners, company builders, and so much more. Almost every episode is under 30 minutes, making it the perfect bite-size professional development piece for your week.
Working in HR can feel isolating and lonely for many of us, but professional women of color have it even harder. #SecuretheSeat is a podcast hosted by Minda Harts that focuses on women of color and their experiences within different workforces and human resources. The stories are sometimes painful but almost always ultimately joyful stories of women who have succeeded.
This is a fantastic listen to understand your workforce and what they may face or feel comradeship.
Almost everyone has listened to at least one Ted Talk, and Worklife is a podcast hosted by Adam Grant through TedTalk. Adam Grand is an organizational psychologist and looks at the science and psychology behind some of today’s top minds. He focuses on how we can make work better for our teams, be better people leaders, and change how we think about work and working.
If you ever feel like you don’t “get” your employees, this might be a great place to start trying to gain some common ground.
Looking for a podcast for HR professionals that keeps it honest? The Let’s Fix Work podcast is focused on doing just that: creating a better workplace for everyone. The podcast host, Laurie Ruettimann, holds nothing back as she interviews everyone from HR leaders to celebrities and politicians with unique ideas about how to fix the workplace.
You might not agree with everything expressed on this podcast, but hearing how people think about our most critical work is fascinating.
The Way We Lead podcast focuses on equality in employment and what it means to be a leader, ally, and advocate for underrepresented people. This show is touching and honest, with stories that will make you angry, cause you to cry, and give you joy simultaneously. It focuses on inclusiveness in all industries. Even if you don’t work within that specific industry or sector, you will love hearing these stories, and when you don’t love what you hear, you’ll feel moved to be a better people leader.
As HR leaders, you are ultimately the ones building the company from behind the scenes. On the How I Built This podcast with Guy Raz, you’ll hear an insider scoop into some of today’s best-known and most successful companies. These are sometimes lengthy episodes, but it’s worth sticking around to get as many kernels of knowledge as possible.
Even if you aren’t working in the same industry as the guest, there’s always something new to learn or try.
HR Happy Hour is the longest-running HR podcast currently. The show focuses on many aspects of HR management and leadership with a strong emphasis on workforce technology. With plenty of episodes to choose from, the hosts are knowledgeable about the topics they cover and bring in some truly stellar guests. HR Happy Hour is hosted by Steve Boese, the Co-Chair of the HR Technology Conference, and Trish McFarlane, CEO of H3 HR Advisors.
DriveThruHR might feel like a well-oiled machine when you listen to it, and there’s a reason for that: it’s one of the longest-running HR podcasts of all time. It covers a wide range of topics in a lengthy format – some episodes are over an hour long! They dig deep into issues and talk to people through the HR space, including recruiters, talent managers, leaders, culture shifters, and data-minded HR strategists.
If you have some time on your hands, we recommend checking out a few episodes. Beware that they do sometimes cover sensitive topics, so be sure to read the description of the episode before you listen.
Nine to Thrive is a podcast that feels different every time you listen to it, in the best possible way. It’s hosted by a wide range of experts and professionals that cover just about any topic relating to the workplace that you can imagine. While not strictly an HR podcast only, almost every episode has something you can take and put into practice.
Nine to Thrive goes deeper into some of the business decisions and C-suite side that might not seem like it pertains to you, but it can help you understand why some decisions are made, which we all need.
HR leaders have unpredictable jobs. On any given day, you’re listening to meetings, attracting talent, working through performance reviews, figuring out benefits, pacifying workplace tensions, and working towards improved employee well-being. It’s a lot!
No matter what life throws your way, you always seem to have things under control, at least from an outsider’s perspective. You’ve probably found that not many people understand what you deal with daily. You’re likely siloed in your position with only a few people who truly get what you do. Listening to an HR podcast can help you feel like you aren’t alone in the struggles you face while giving you the best ideas and solutions to some of your most common problems.
Think of a human resources podcast as a way to improve your skills, get professional development time, and still get other work done simultaneously. Maybe you listen to an episode while you’re commuting to work, during your lunch break, or when you’re doing “busy work” that doesn’t require much thought (but needs to be done).
Listening to a podcast will help you get timely, relevant, and exciting information that you might not have time to access in another format, like an email or a book. Be sure to listen through some of the podcasts on our list to find the best human resources podcast for you – it might surprise you what topics hit home.
It’s normal to feel like you need to listen to subject matter experts. You don’t want to feel like you are the end-all, be-all for decisions. Listening to an HR podcast can help you feel like you aren’t alone. However, sometimes you need more than support; you need the tools to make your job easier.
Having a platform that naturally guides your employees through the employee lifecycle, encouraging ongoing education and training while regularly checking engagement and setting goals can help attract, retain, and engage them gives you that opportunity.
Even better, the platform connects those pivotal moments so that you can see how they impact your workforce. It gives you the data about those moments and helps you tell the story about the work you do – and the employees you represent and fight for daily.
To learn more about the Trakstar platform and how it can fit into your day-to-day expectation setting, schedule a demo today.
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