Top 10 HR Podcasts for Professionals

Nov 18, 2021 · Blog
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Being a HR professional is hard, right?

Mostly because it’s an essential part of an organisation and plays a key role in developing, reinforcing, and changing the culture in positive ways.

There’s a lot of responsibility within the company and it takes a lot of dedication, especially when the workplace is constantly evolving and there are always new trends to try and stay on top of. That’s why a lot of people in HR and HR management are always on the lookout for new information and strategies to help them do the best job they can do.

This can be tricky when you’re constantly on the move with a busy schedule and lots to do!

We’ll let you in on a little secret…there’s a really quick and easy way to keep up to date on the latest HR trends, and learn new information. Podcasts! We love podcasts at HappyCo., and it seems like we’re in good company as an average 6.5 million adults listen to a podcast per week in the UK alone!Podcasts are convenient for those with very little time to spare but still want to expand their skills and knowledge.

They can be great for when you…
…are commuting to work
…are doing your (slightly repetitive) administrative tasks
…are ironing the kids school uniforms 
…have some spare time to yourself! We know those moments are rare and precious but taking some down time to catch up on the latest HR podcast could teach you something new that can smooth out the edges of your daily tasks.

Luckily for you, if you’re new to the world of podcasts we’ve decided to make your life a little bit easier by putting together a list of the top 10 HR podcasts in 2021.

Let’s get stuck into our list of all the UK based HR podcasts we’ve been tuning into, and we think you should too.

1.    XpertHR Podcast

Based: London, UK

This HR podcast is here to bring you must-have employment law guidance and HR best practice - from the team behind XpertHR, the UK's leading online HR resource. Recent podcast episode topics include 'Improving gender diversity - a case study' and 'COVID-19 employment tribunal decisions - an update' where they explored the most important decisions handed down so far this year and discuss their practical implications for HR, including cases relating to: health and safety; the furlough scheme; varying terms and conditions; and flexible working requests. An important topic for HR professionals to follow.

 1.1K Facebook followers ⋅  32.8K Twitter Followers ⋅ 1 episode / week ⋅  Average length 23 min

2.    The HR Uprising Podcast

Based: UK

This engaging podcast explores HR 'hot' topics and challenges through conversations with relevant experts and real-life HR; O.D. or L&D professionals. HR Uprising is about creating an inclusive forum that enables us to share and learn from experts and everyday professionals. HR Uprising is all about learning through collaboration; taking evidence-based action and helping colleagues to have the confidence and skills to rise up through their organisations by delivering real, lasting business value. In the latest episode, host Lucinda discusses five talent management strategies for a hybrid world in a special show delivered originally as a highly successful webinar, including such topics as why hybrid working could pose a risk when it comes to engagement, and the practical ways you can use to support your business by being more alert to these needs. Business leaders and HR professionals need to stay up to date with the future of work so this sounds like a great episode to tune into in the world of HR.

 168 Facebook followers ⋅  2.1K Twitter Followers ⋅ 1 episode / week ⋅  Average length 37 min

3.    Digital HR Leaders with David Green

Based: London, UK

In this series, David Green speaks to a range of senior HR leaders who are pushing a data-driven and digital HR agenda. There is an increasing need for HR professionals to become more digitally and numerically literate - to acquire the skills necessary to process, produce and leverage digital information to create business value. You'll hear from people leaders who are driving transformation in their organisations on how HR can prepare for the future and what HR leaders need to do to prepare for the Future of Work. In the latest episode the podcast explores how to help individuals and organisations successfully navigate change, an important topic in HR podcasts at the moment but one that's always good to follow for keeping up to date with the future of work. Also very useful for human resources management leadership as it can help HR professionals improve their company culture.  

 765 Facebook followers ⋅  2K Twitter Followers ⋅ 1 episode / week ⋅  Average length 47 min


4.    Recruiting Future

Based: Edinburgh, UK

Innovation and futurology in Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, and HR Technology. Matt Alder interviews thought leaders who are influencing and changing an industry. This podcast series has been running since 2015, so there’s a whole load of interesting episodes already at your disposal! In the latest episode of this must-listen HR podcast the host is joined by Mike Smart, a hands-on recruiter and Global Talent Leader at Devo. Devo is having a lot of success using automated sourcing to deal with some tough recruiting challenges, and Mike has some valuable insights and advice to share on:

  • Dealing with the mismatch in supply and demand of talent
  • Helping hiring managers understand the reality of current hiring dynamics
  • How employers can stand out on LinkedIn
  • Automating manual processes
  • Augmenting recruiters with intelligent technology
  • Finding undiscovered candidates
  • Can you effectively automate candidate outreach in a way that resonates?
  • The power of being persistent
  • Advice to Talent Acquisition leaders on the reality of automation

104 Facebook followers ⋅  16.8K Twitter followers ⋅ 1 episode / quarter ⋅  Average length 27 min 

5.    The Good Practice Podcast

Based: Edinburgh, UK

The Good Practice podcast from Emerald Works is a must-listen for anyone involved in Learning and Development or Human Resources. The weekly show gets right to the heart of issues affecting the L&D and HR communities. From learning needs analysis and evidence-based practice through to the impact of technology on work and hot topics at industry conferences, get critical insights into the world of work, learning, and performance. In the latest episode they will be delving into research focused on emotional wellbeing at work. Conducted by the Emotion at Work team, we discuss the findings and what they mean for how we can support and boost our mental health. A critical episode for HR professionals, business leaders, management leadership and workforce and anyone within the world of work.

 3.8K Twitter followers ⋅ 1 episode / week ⋅  Average length 40 min


6.    The Recruitment Intelligence Podcast

Based: Glasgow, UK

Hosted by Solutions Driven's Head of Marketing Robert Gillespie, this podcast includes a mix of interviews with leaders from Talent Acquisition and HR where they discuss topics like recruitment, sourcing, careers, HR, data, intelligence, interviews, candidates, and processes through to why they love what they do and who do they admire most! They also chat with their own team at Solutions Driven to cover what's hot so you can stay up to date with what's newsworthy in the world of recruitment. Head to the website to stream episodes of with topics including HR technology recruiting and recruiter shortages.

 1.5K Facebook followers ⋅  2.7K Twitter followers ⋅ 1 episode / month ⋅  Average length 19 min

7.    HR Leaders

Based: London, UK

HR Leaders is a weekday Podcast, created for you, HR NATION! Chris Rainey chats with today's most innovative and accomplished HR Practitioners sharing their journey to date and providing you with actionable advice, practical insights, and transferable solutions to succeed. In the latest episode the host is joined by guest Kasi Srinivasan, Head of International Human Resources at Tata Consumer Products, to talk about:

  • Kasi's journey
  • On the unusual decision of actually choosing HR
  • How HR has changed over the last 20 years
  • On what's driving the Great Resignation
  • The challenge for HR today
  • Can you build culture remotely?
  • How Kasi is helping his own leaders
  • What are the core skills to succeed in 2022
  • Is this the toughest time to work in HR?
  • Has he ever considered leaving the function?
  • Kasi's hobbies & passions
 608 Facebook followers ⋅  690 Twitter followers ⋅ 1 episode / quarter ⋅  Average length 44 min

8.    HRD Live Podcast

Based: London, UK

The HRD Live podcast taps into the key issues faced by senior HR leaders from the UK and Europe, to the US and Canada. Each month they speak to some of the biggest names in business, leadership, and strategic HR to bring you the insights you need to drive your organisation forward and gain a competitive advantage in a VUCA world. They discuss topics related to the new normal and the future of work; unpicking the challenges around HR tech and the datafication of the HR function; fostering organisational agility, and best practices to accelerate business performance.

142 Facebook followers ⋅  7.5K Twitter followers ⋅ 30 episodes / year ⋅  Average length 18 min

9.    State of Work Podcast

Based: Nottingham, UK

This podcast is the perfect listen for HR professionals and People leaders seeking to elevate the employee experience in a changing world of work. Loaded with expert tried-and-tested strategies and tangible tactics to implement into your organisation. The content is a mix of #StateofWork episodes, webinars, and interviews with HR and People leaders.

 190 Facebook followers ⋅  600 Twitter followers ⋅ 10 episodes / year ⋅  Average length 32 min

10. HR Happy Hour

Based: North Carolina, USA

This podcast isn’t UK HR based, but we’ve decided to add it in as it is reportedly the longest-running and most downloaded HR podcast. Hosted by Steve Boese, Co-Chair of the HR Technology Conference, and Trish McFarlane, CEO of H3 HR Advisors, the podcast focuses on workplace topics and issues like talent management, recruiting, HR technology, social media, leadership, careers, and more. The show is lively, conversational, and challenging at the same time. It's also quite often fun, making it stand out from some of the other best HR podcasts out there.

25.8k Twitter followers ⋅ 1 episode / week ⋅ Average length 30 min

There's a HR podcast out there for everyone, so tune in to these podcasts today and see what suits you! You'll be taking the first proactive steps to create a better company culture by following in the steps of some of HR's top business leaders.

Also, make sure you keep up-to-date with the latest news, updates and exclusive content from the HappyCo. team. It's never been easier to become an office hero with all of our latest tips, thoughts and insights available at your fingertips, building a happier and more engaged team starts here.

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