Podcasts, once a “nearly-ran” format of the digital media world, are hotter than ever. Driven by the success of titles like Serial, podcasts have undergone a revolution. In fact, it’s estimated that more than 21% of US adults listen to podcasts on a monthly basis. While Serial, a true-crime title, sets the standard, there are podcasts for every niche, including employee engagement and wellness.
To save you the pain of having to trawl through the internet looking for those podcasts, we’ve identified a few of the best.
One of the longest-running podcasts in the HR space, HR Happy Hour focuses on human resources, management, leadership, and workforce technology. Hosted by Steve Boese, co-chair of the HR Technology Conference, and Trish McFarlane, an HR executive and writer, episodes come out two to three times a month. With more than 200 episodes recorded since 2009, there’s plenty of material for you to work through here.
Work in Progress is interesting because it shows how rapidly the format has moved beyond the control of established media houses. The podcast, which is the creation of workplace productivity and collaboration company Slack, focuses on “the meaning and identity we find in work”.
Hosted by Dan Misener, the show aims to share stories of “personal ambition and debilitating insecurities, great successes and abject failures”.
Hosted by recruiting veteran Lars Schmidt, Best Part of My Job is a podcast that highlights everyday people and their individual career stories. According to Schmidt, the podcast was inspired by the number of times he’s asked people “what’s the best thing about your job?” during his career as a recruiter. The many answers to that question, he says, are fascinating because they illuminate people’s drivers, and help you “understand what they truly value from their job”.
The podcast covers people across a diverse range of fields, from technology to art and marine biology.
If you think that HR podcasts have to be boring, then you need to check out Fistful of Talent’s CYA Report. The show promises “a free flowing, sometimes mature discussion of HR and talent issues”. While accurate, that does undersell it somewhat. Alongside HR and recruiting news, you’ll get interviews with HR personalities, practitioners and authors about what’s going on in the field. Oh and banter, lots and lots of banter.
Hosted by Ander Frischer, Fearless Careers features professionals, industry leaders and “up-and-coming go getters” in all stages of their careers. It covers a range of topics including “Empathy and Humility in Your Career,” “Choosing Your Environment by Work/Life Design,” “Crafting Stories Into a Career,” “Learning a Language as a Gateway to a Career,” “Nurturing Relationships with the Power of Storytelling” and “Getting Noticed Doing Something Extraordinary.”
The Human Capital Institute Podcasts are perfect for anyone looking to stay up-to-date with the latest trends in HR, but who doesn’t have much time on their hands. The short-form episodes cover pretty much everything from talent acquisition and analytics to engagement, retention, and development.
Additionally, the podcast gives listeners access to leading HR practitioners from Fortune 1000 companies, as well thought-leaders, authors, and academics.
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While working through the above podcasts should give you plenty of inspiration and food for thought, we recognise that our list represents only a fraction of the total podcasts out there. That’s why we’d like you to share some of your favourite HR and employee engagement podcasts with us in the comments section below. When we’ve got enough quality suggestions, we’ll compile a list of all your favourite podcasts and publish them in a future article.