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The 10 best HR podcasts

The 10 best HR podcasts

As you may have noticed, the popularity of podcasts in recent years has flourished. Although they have been around for many years, it seems that recent times have pushed them to the forefront like never before.  Apparently, of the millions of episodes created, a third have been created in the last 3 years.

Here are a few facts for you.  Did you know that podcasts actually predate the internet?  They started as audio blogs in the 1980s, but it was only when the means to distribute them, 20 or so years later, that they started to become more popular.

Did you know also that the term ‘podcast’ stems from the first ones being downloaded to the new to market iPod, and a journalist, Ben Hammersley is said to have first coined the phrase ‘podcasting’.

Multitasking whilst listening

It’s no wonder that they have become popular.  As our lives have got busier, podcasts allow us to listen and further our knowledge whilst multitasking.  Whether it be driving to work, a walk in the park or doing the washing up you can tune in to something as you wish. They are perfect for daily commutes (or perhaps daily walks) and busy routines.

You don’t have to look very hard to find podcasts on all manner of topics – culture, news, business, crime, cooking, comedy, health and even HR law! 

That’s where we come in.

If you’re an HR leader looking to keep up to speed with the latest information and updates in our fast-changing sector, podcasts offer something that other sources don’t.  The team at SCE are all big fans of podcasts – they allow us to catch-up during our morning dog walks, lunch breaks or even whilst brushing our teeth.

Our top 10 HR podcast recommendations

Here we share some of our favourites, chosen for their variety of subjects and quality.  We hold our hands up too for stretching the boundaries as some of these are webinars rather than podcasts, but really useful all the same.

1. CIPD

There is over 10 years-worth of content here and we highly recommend and are all available on their Knowledge Hub.  We loved listening to one of their most recent ones on how the workplace has changed post-Covid – it explores how businesses can reimagine and modernise three key elements of work; the physical workplace, working practices and working relationships.

2. Daniel Barnett

Daniel is an employment law barrister and is already on his second series of podcasts.  They are informal and he chats with other lawyers on all sorts of topics including disability discrimination, cross-border issues and mental health.  An added bonus is that they are short so perfect for fitting in to a busy day.

3. Darren Newman

We’ve actually cheated a little on this one as Darren is known for his ‘a range of reasonable responses’ blog and informative webinars.  He covers some pertinent topics and the webinars always allow plenty of time for questions.  We think he always has something different and unique to say.

4. Personnel Today

Personnel Today were doing podcasts about 15 years ago and you can still find them online.  They seem to have been replaced in recent years with regular webinars which are an hour long.  Some of them are available on-demand afterwards so can be great to catch up if you can’t participate live.

5. ACAS

ACAS have done some great podcasts over the last year or so and are quite short, about 20 minutes.  Have a listen to the one on Redundancy: What to remember and what to avoid.

6. Emotion at Work

Offering something quite different, these podcasts bring a bit of balance and a human touch to the mix, exploring how emotions play a role in our working lives.  Who doesn’t need that right now?  They are presented by Phil Wilcox who is well connected in the HR community and has some great guests.  His 50th episode looks at imposter phenomenon and what’s really useful is that he shares strategies for individuals and leaders to help others in the workplace.

7. Harvard Business Review

Something else a little bit different to broaden your mind is this podcast by HBR offering weekly insights from some of the world’s leading business people and thinkers.  Try episode 783 on recruiting strategies for a post-Covid world.

8. My HR Toolkit

These are also webinars but they are frequent, around 2 every month and you can watch them at your leisure.  There are a lot of up-to-date topics including making Covid vaccines mandatory for employees and hybrid working for SMEs.   These are high on our list.

9. The People Project – Breathe HR

These are the perfect ones to listen to if mental health or company culture is on your agenda.  Have a browse as there are some really helpful episodes.

10. Xperthr

Last but not least is the really comprehensive series of podcasts by XpertHR.  They cover a really broad range of topics – it’s like a whole library of choice.  Great if there is something specific you want to brush up on.

Check out their summer 2021 episode discussing the unique challenges for HR in these trying times.  There is also a great case study on hybrid working.


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SCE Solicitors is a boutique employment law and litigation practice based in Leeds which advises clients nationwide. Please note that the information in this blog is to provide information of general interest in a summary manner and should not be construed as individual legal advice. Readers should consult with SCE Solicitors or other professional counsel before acting on the information contained here. 

Samira Cakali

Samira Cakali is a pragmatic and approachable solicitor advocate with extensive contentious and non-contentious experience in the fields of employment law as well as civil litigation, within a range of commercial businesses from SME’s to multinationals as well as senior executives.

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