Podcasts have taken the world by storm over the past decade, and they provide an excellent and efficient way for people to be entertained and learn while on the go. There are podcasts for virtually every topic one can think of, and many are surprised to learn that there are even quite a few covering the field of human resources!
If you’re looking for a way to expand your HR knowledge and learn something new during your commute, while you’re at the gym, or just relaxing after a long day, check out some of the human resources podcasts our RallyBright team members love.
1. WorkLife with Adam Grant
Worklife with Adam Grant is one of the top HR podcasts out there. The host, Adam Grant, is an organizational psychologist and professor at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was voted the top Wharton professor for seven years in a row. Grant is also the author of several notable books, including Think Again, Give and Take, and Originals.
This NPR podcast is determined to make “work not suck,” by taking listeners into the minds of renowned business leaders, authors, and athletes to change everyone’s perspective on work and life. Grant combines psychological analysis with fascinating interviews to make this one compelling podcast throughout the entire first three seasons.
You can find WorkLife on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.
2. HR Happy Hour
HR Happy Hour has been in the podcast game longer than any other human resources podcast, getting its start all the way back in 2009. If you’re looking for plenty of content, this may be just what you need- HR Happy Hour has a library of nearly 600 episodes! The hosts, Steve Boese, the Co-Chair of the HR Technology Conference, and Trish McFarlane, the CEO of H3 HR Advisors, bring their unique blend of experiences to the table, and prominent guests also speak about all things HR, leadership, and management.
Listeners often say it’s the best HR podcast due to the wide variety of guests, which includes CEOs, founders, and even less traditional business professionals, like doctors and athletes. Each episode is an hour or less, so you can kick back with a drink of choice along with the hosts, or you can tune in while you complete other household tasks.
You can find HR Happy Hour on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Blog Talk Radio.
3. Let’s Fix Work
Let’s Fix Work is hosted by Laurie Ruettimann, an experienced HR professional who got her start in the world of HR back in 1995. Throughout her many years in business, Ruettimann noticed numerous problems with our work-life culture that left her feeling defeated and angry, and she has since set out to change the way our culture views and conducts work.
In Let’s Fix Work, Ruettimann outlines the major problems employees and employers both face in the workforce, and she provides practical solutions to make work better for everyone. She invites a wide variety of guests that are sure to intrigue you and challenge your perspective on at least some aspects of work and life.
Episodes we love: The Evolution of the Labor Movement with Dr. Chris Mullen, Digital Body Language with Erica Dhawan, and The Reverse Mullet with Bret Starr
You can find Let’s Fix Work on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.
4. Relationship Matters
CPR Global has a reputation for providing quality training to business professionals everywhere, and the company’s podcast, Relationship Matters, is just the latest of many impactful projects. Over its three seasons, Relationship Matters has managed to tackle a surprising variety of topics, including sports, theater, and nature, and how these topics relate to business and human resources.
The podcast is hosted by the co-founders of CPR global, partners of the company, other staff members, and fascinating guest speakers. The show also throws in some bonus episodes that offer more information on topics that many business leaders may have never considered before.
Episodes we love: Reading the Emotional Field, The 5 Principles of RSI: Roles, and Small Habits and Fresh Starts
You can find Relationship Matters on the CPR Global website, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and iHeartRadio.
5. The Will To Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity & Inclusion
The Will To Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity & Inclusion is a powerful podcast hosted by Jennifer Brown, an author, entrepreneur, and speaker who has dedicated much of her career to advocating for social equality in the workplace and beyond. Brown has published over 250 episodes covering numerous topics regarding diversity and inclusion since 2016, and the show features guests from diverse backgrounds to provide unique insights and advice.
This podcast releases new episodes weekly, and they are sure to provide fascinating insights and change your perspective on topics you may not have thought much about before.
You can find this podcast on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.
6. Real Talk with RallyBright
Our list of favorite podcasts wouldn’t be complete without a mention of our own podcast, Real Talk with RallyBright. The show is hosted by our very own Sharon Tiger, a highly experienced and charismatic entrepreneur who has seen almost everything in the world of HR. Real Talk with RallyBright is still in its early stages, with three episodes available to stream. Each episode features a talented and knowledgeable guest to talk about growing and creating the very best teams within your organization.
You can listen to Real Talk with RallyBright on Spotify, Amazon Music, and the RallyBright website
7. Josh Bersin Academy
Another new podcast, Josh Bersin Academy is off to an excellent start. This podcast is hosted by Josh Bersin himself, the founder and president of Bersin & Associates. The firm has a reputation for cutting-edge research and advising other companies regarding talent management. Bersin’s podcast, which first aired in December 2021, has five compelling episodes that investigate various aspects of business and management.
This is one of the most exciting new shows in the world of business and HR podcasts, and it will certainly be exciting to see where Bersin takes it from here.
You can find Josh Bersin Academy on Apple Podcasts and the Josh Bersin Academy website
8. Redefining HR
Redefining HR is hosted by Lars Schmidt, a seasoned entrepreneur and consultant who has been featured in Forbes and Fast Company. Each week, Schmidt sits down to talk with experts in the field of business, leadership, and management to learn about how they succeed and which philosophies drive them. Each episode is an hour or less, giving listeners manageable portions of information in a laid-back, accessible format.
So far, Redefining HR has covered numerous pressing topics, such as financial wellness in the workplace, the importance of compelling storytelling, and more.
Episodes we love: Remote CEO Job van der Voort on the Best Approaches for Creating a Functional Remote Work Environment, The LEGO Group CPO & Head of Corporate Affairs Loren I. Shuster, People Executives Share What Gives Them Hope About The Future of HR
You can find Redefining HR on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and TuneIn.
Tips for Getting the Most out of Podcasts
Listening to podcasts passively while doing yard work or driving to the office are a great way to pass the time and learn something new when you otherwise wouldn’t, but how can you better absorb the material you hear to use it in practice?
We highly recommend stopping to take short notes as you listen to podcasts when possible, keeping a notebook in your pocket to jot down key ideas or using your phone’s note app. If you aren’t able to take notes, you could simply write down the time of the podcast where something interesting was said for you to revisit at a later time.
Many podcasts also post transcripts of the episodes after they are published, so you can always go back and highlight key parts of the podcast after you are done listening.
Still Looking to Improve Your HR Game?
If you are fascinated by all things HR, or you simply need more support when it comes to the HR program within your company, RallyBright is here to help! At RallyBright, we pride ourselves on helping companies of all kinds build resilient teams that deliver unparalleled results.
Our platform allows you to collect and evaluate data more quickly and easily than ever before, and we can provide you with valuable insights that help you make better decisions. If you’d like more information, please fill out our demo request form today!