10 Best HR & Recruiting Podcasts for 2020

10 Best HR & Recruiting Podcasts for 2019

Human Resources is a field that keeps changing and coming up with new trends. One month, your colleagues in HR may be talking about the importance of the candidate experience, while just a few weeks later they could be bragging about how they integrated the latest HR management software into their routine, which automates everything. If you want to keep up with all of the changes in HR, both in trends and regulations, attending conferences and reading HR news is good, but not enough. So what else can you do? Try one of the many podcasts for HR professionals.

If you’re a part of the 32% of the US population already listening to podcasts, you know of their many benefits. With over 700,000 podcasts available worldwide (on various topics), that you can listen to while you commute to work, cook, run and even while you’re at work, this is the best way to stay on top of your game while making use of dead time. There is a large number of HR podcasts available, with anything from informational shows to interviews with industry leaders. Here we’ve gathered the HR podcasts list for 2020 for you, so you can start with the cream of the crop. 


HR & Recruiting Podcasts: Our Top 10 Picks for 2020


HR Happy Hour

Hosted by two HR experts, Steve Boese, the Co-Chair of the HR Technology Conference and Trish McFarlane, CEO of H3 HR Advisors, it seems like this podcast has been around forever. The two talk about a variety of topics, from tech to management and leadership, as well as host notable people from the industry.

Frequency Released: about twice a week

Duration: 35-45 minutes

Average Rating on Itunes: 4.4 Stars

What The Reviews Say: “Steve, Trish, and their incredibly knowledgeable guests shine the brightest of lights on the eCommerce industry and the hardworking people in it! Informative, encouraging, and engaging are just a few of the words I’d use to describe the time you’ll spend with them. Thanks so much for putting out such a superb show, guys – keep up the great work!”

Where to Listen: iTunes


CIPD podcast

This too deserves a place in the top HR podcasts of 2020 as one of the longest-running podcasts out there. The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development and the host changes each week as a different person from the community discusses anything from performance management to cybersecurity.

Frequency Released: Once a month

Duration: 20-30 minutes

Average Rating on Itunes: 4 Stars

What The Reviews Say:HR’s longest-running pod. Expert views and discussion on all things HR. Very well planned and produced. Succinct, intelligent, accurate. A must-listen monthly briefing for everyone in the people management field. Excellent.”

Where to Listen: iTunes or Soundcloud


Transform Your Workplace

Formerly known as Xenium HR, Transform Your Workplace is less general than the previous two and geared towards small businesses. As far as podcasts for HR professionals go, this one will cover topics that will help your business grow in the most effective way, such as communication, culture and workplace trends; even if your HR department is made up of two people.

Frequency Released: Every Tuesday

Duration: 25-45 minutes

Average Rating on Itunes: 4.8 Stars

What The Reviews Say:Every episode of this show contains at least one thing I can take back to my workplace and try. I get so much value from the guests that Brandon brings on the show. Thank you to Xenium and Brandon for helping me transform my workplace. I have great people and I want to keep them, and this show has helped me grow as a leader immensely so that I can.”

Where to Listen: iTunes or Stitcher



This podcast is on our list of best human resources podcasts as it creates fun, easily digested conversations around HR topics. It actually started as a daily radio show in 2010 and shifted into a podcast, which now has over 1400 episodes. Every Tuesday a different expert goes “live” with the four hosts and chats about topics ranging from recruiting to diversity and branding. 

Frequency Released: Every Tuesday, 12 PM, Central Time

Duration: 30 minutes

Average Rating on Itunes: 3.7 Stars

What The Reviews Say:The host of DriveThruHR highlights all aspects of HR and more in this can’t miss podcast. The host and expert guests offer insightful advice that is helpful to anyone that listens!”

Where to Listen: iTunes


HR Break Room

Hosts Caleb Masters and Chelsea Justice from Paycom gather their listeners around the virtual coffee machine for some real talk about HR technology. We included this on the HR podcasts list for 2020 so you will be able to keep up with the latest trends, as well as implement new solutions.

Frequency Released: Every two weeks (on a Tuesday)

Duration: 20-40 Minutes

Average Rating on Itunes: 4.9 Stars

What The Reviews Say:Love this podcast. I have been listening from the beginning and Caleb is very engaging. Love the fact they talk about real topics in HR.”

Where to Listen: iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play


Emotion @ Work

Host Phil Willcox opens every episode of this podcast with a personal question. He uses that question to dive into a deeper conversation about emotions, and how they influence our working lives. Unlike other HR podcasts, this one touches on “softer” topics, but relevant nonetheless, as HR is about dealing with people. With his wide network, Willcox also tends to have interesting guests.

Frequency Released: About once a month

Duration: About an hour

Average Rating on Itunes: 5 Stars

What The Reviews Say: “Emotion at Work is one of those podcasts where, in every single episode, I come away with something to think about. Whether that’s how I interact with others, or how people interact with each other, host Phil has a way of holding up a lens so that everyday situations are seen from a completely new point of view.”

Where to Listen: iTunes or the website


Training Journal Podcast

Like the previous one, this podcast also specializes in one topic, and it’s one that is usually neglected in HR — learning and development. With short episodes that you can listen to while you’re commuting or on your lunch break, you can make sure you’re up to date with everything L&D, as well as the latest conferences and events.

Frequency Released: It varies

Duration: 10-20 minutes

Where to Listen: iTunes or SoundCloud


HR Leaders Podcast

For those of you looking to move up the HR ladder, there’s no better way than learning from other people’s experiences. Each episode, host Christopher Rainey is joined by HR executives and thought leaders from the world’s most successful brands, where they talk about their journey through HR, the lessons they’ve learned and how they see the future of HR.

Frequency Released: About 10 episodes a month, no set dates

Duration: About 40 minutes

Average Rating on Itunes: 4.7 Stars

What The Reviews Say: “Chris is great at exploring new concepts to see how they work in real life. He helps translate good ideas into great practices. It’s always worth taking a break to learn from these conversations.”

Where to Listen: iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify


The HR Social Hour Half Hour Podcast

Podcasts for HR professionals don’t all have to be strictly educational. Some, like this one, can be about connecting with other professionals. Hosts Jon Thurmond and Wendy Dailey combine a conversation with HR experts on the episode along with the monthly Twitter thread #HRSocialHour, to help you grow your network while you’re learning about HR.

Frequency Released: Every Thursday

Duration: 25-30 minutes

Average Rating on Itunes: 4.9 Stars

What The Reviews Say: “I have learned a great deal about some of the HR minds I’ve been following for years from this show. Wendy and Jon have a fun, casual style for extracting valuable content from their guests.”

Where to Listen: iTunes or Stitcher


Talent Magnet Institute Podcast

This Podcast is committed to developing leaders to succeed in relationships, work, community, and life. They reframe what success means, and you’ll hear the personal stories of successful leaders from around the globe. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, every guest has a unique story to tell and insights to bring. Discover how to achieve a new type of success that goes much deeper than profits: culture, talent and holistic leadership.

Frequency Released: Every Thursday

Duration: 30-40 minutes

Average Rating on Itunes: 5 Stars

What The Reviews Say: “I love listening to each episode in the car. Each one is so different. All of these varying perspectives really provide such a slice of how leaders are impacting their communities! So inspiring!”

Where to Listen: iTunes


The Future of Work podcast

To close the list of best human resources podcasts for 2020, it’s always good to look ahead. In this weekly podcast, host Jacob Morgan talks to executives from the biggest brands in the world, such as Walmart, LinkedIn, and Weight Watchers to try and gauge the upcoming trends and changes in the US workplace.  

Frequency Released: Every Monday

Duration: About an hour

Average Rating on Itunes: 4.9 Stars

What The Reviews Say: “This podcast provides so many great ideas and insights. Whenever I share the podcast with others they also become addicted!”

Where to Listen: iTunes or Spotify