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10 HR Podcasts to Subscribe to in 2021

June 14, 2021
November 7, 2023
Andy Przystanski
Lattice Team

Want to broaden your HR horizons? Between virtual conferences, webinars, ebooks, and articles, there’s no shortage of ways to consume HR content. If you’re an audiophile and the spoken word is your preferred medium, consider adding podcasts to your rotation.

While some of the longest-running HR podcasts have been around for over a decade, the last few years have brought on dozens of new, innovative options. Whether your primary focus is employee engagement, performance management, recruiting, or compliance, there’s a podcast worth subscribing to for every HR discipline.

From old standbys to exciting newcomers, here are some of the best HR podcasts worth listening to during your daily run, commute, or coffee break.

All Hands

Frequency: Every two weeks
Length: 30-40 minutes

Lattice’s podcast, hosted by Katelin Holloway from Initialized Capital, brings CEOs, senior leaders, and HR innovators together to talk shop. All Hands bridges the imaginary divide between HR and business, delving into how being “people-first” isn’t an obstacle to success, but a prerequisite. Recent speakers include Pamela Culpepper, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Jennifer DaSilva. Subscribe here.

Redefining HR

Frequency: Every two weeks
Length: 30-50 minutes

HR is experiencing a paradigm shift, with legacy practices giving way to people-centric ones. Lars Schmidt, founder of Amplify, wants to give that trend a nudge. Redefining HR features insights from founders and CEOs on talent management, recruiting, and more. Recent insights on COVID-19 and supporting Black employees make Schmidt's podcast a in must listen 2021.

Punk Rock HR

Frequency: About every week
Length: 30-50 minutes

Laurie Ruettiman helps companies fix their HR messes. Her podcast, Punk Rock HR, features insights from HR experts, influencers, leaders, authors, and politicians. The most powerful episodes include personal stories from HR professionals who overcame adversity to find the ultimate prize in work: meaning. Give Punk Rock HR a listen.


Frequency: About every week
Length: 40-60 minutes

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant is a three-time best-selling author and one of the world’s go-to experts on all things work. His podcast, WorkLife, is based on a simple premise: “You spend a quarter of your life at work, so shouldn’t you enjoy it?” Whether you’re in HR or just looking to wrap your head around what makes the workplace tick, check out WorkLife.

HR Happy Hour

Frequency: Every week
Length: 40 minutes

Call it the trailblazer of HR podcasts. Trish McFarlane and Steve Boese’s HR Happy Hour is the field’s most-watched and longest-running podcast. Episodes cover recruiting, learning and development, management best practices, payroll, and HR technology. McFarlane and Boese often invite HR tech’s most innovative minds to preview upcoming products and features. 

HBR IdeaCast

Frequency: Every week
Length: 20-30 minutes

Harvard Business Review’s podcast, HBR IdeaCast, brings the world’s foremost experts in business, psychology, and management to weigh in on workplace issues. From fostering an adaptable culture of to maintaining emotional discipline, the podcast covers business through an academic lens, with guests ranging from former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

HR Social Hour Half Hour

Frequency: Every two weeks
Length: 30 minutes

Veteran HR professionals Jon Thurmond and Wendy Dailey lead one of the field’s most popular podcasts, HR Social Hour Half Hour. Guests range between CEOs, HR leaders, writers, and professors, and include recurring guests and HR influencers Steve Browne and Kate Bischoff. Be sure to give this podcast a listen if you’re looking to grow your career.


Frequency: Several times per week
Length: 30 minutes

Recruiting Daily is one the most popular news and opinion sites in talent acquisition. Its podcast, RecruitingLive, is hosted by veteran HR writer and consultant William Tincup and covers topics across every major HR discipline. HR teams looking to maximize the reach of their employer branding might take interest in the podcast’s occasional marketing content.

Josh Bersin Academy Podcast

Frequency: Weekly
Length: 20 minutes

Josh Bersin is a world-renowned HR, talent, and technology analyst based in Silicon Valley. In addition to speaking on the HR conference circuit and leading Bersin by Deloitte, he also runs a podcast on HR and the future of work. The Josh Bersin Academy Podcast has become a must-listen this year, with recent episodes diving into the nuances of engagement, remote work, and company unity.

Recruiting Future

Frequency: Weekly
Length: 20-30 minutes

Matt Alder is a globally recognized thought leader on all aspects of HR technology, recruitment, and employer branding. As the world’s leading podcast on Talent Acquisition, Alder's Recruiting Future podcast features interviews with notable HR and talent acquisition innovators on topics like automation, DE&I, and advertising in the world of recruiting.

Can’t get enough content on HR best practices and the future of work? We’ve got you covered. Check out All Hands Season 2 for helpful insights from business leaders at Hubspot, Warby Parker, Eventbrite, and more — available now on all major platforms.