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As COVID restrictions ease and the world begins to return to normal, there’s a buzz of excitement for long-awaited social gatherings. While many are jumping feet first into a summer of activities, many people may feel overwhelmed by the sudden changes to their daily lives and can benefit from some down time in between.

To help you fill your breaks with inspiration, and to keep you learning as we continue to adjust to a new world of work, we’ve pulled together a list of podcasts to listen to during your commute, in between errands or when you just need a break from all the festivities. Here are our top recommendations for HR podcasts to listen to this summer, just search for the name on your podcast platform of choice to see if it’s offered:

 HR Works
 Dear HBR
 The Press Room from Deloitte Insights
 Humans of HR
 This Working Life
 HBR Ideacast

HR Works

hr-works-logoLooking for a quick way to catch up on the latest HR trends and news? This podcast provides its listeners with relevant and engaging information on important and sometimes difficult topics. The episodes range from a "5-minute Friday" series, where listeners can find HR inspiration to end their week strong, to full length 50-minute episodes that include actionable steps to take in the workplace.  

Dear HBR

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In this advice column style podcast, Harvard Business Review editors Alison Beard and Dan McGinn respond to listeners’ workplace problems and offer possible remedies. Using their own experience, research and expert guests, the co-hosts provide guidance that is universally applicable in these 30-minute episodes.

The Press Room from Deloitte Insights

deloitte-insightsIn this podcast, host Tanya Ott interviews thought leaders and change makers on developments in business strategy, emerging technologies, growth, innovation, performance, sustainability, talent and more. Episodes run for about 30-minutes and cover a range of industries and topics – from how to cultivate diversity, equity and inclusion to cloud computing and technology trends. 

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Not just a podcast show but also a "social movement," Humans of HR responds to challenges people are facing every day at work. Its hosts, David Guazzarotto, Michelle Farrar-Eagles and Jared Cameron, tackle a variety of topics in this conversation-style podcast, from HR trends to diversity in the workplace to the future of work.

This Working Life

this-working-life-logoAn informative and insightful weekly listen from the Australian arm of ABC Radio. Lisa Leong helps navigate the world of work through a lens of optimism, hope and helpfulness. From the quirky to somewhat controversial, Lisa interviews experts on the ideas, experiments and fast failures that listeners can apply to their own careers. 

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Hosted by Alison Beard and Curt Nickisch, both senior editors at Harvard Business Review, this weekly podcast features business leaders from around the world as they share their insights on business and management. Each episode features a different guest speaker as they discuss their careers and lessons they’ve learned.


We hope that you enjoy these podcasts, and that they give you some ideas to take with you to your business. Stay tuned for part two, where we’ll offer our top HR reads for this summer, and subscribe to our blog for the latest tips and tricks to help you connect, recognize and support your workforce.

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Liana Moore-Butler

Liana is a Marketing Associate at Reward Gateway and wears multiple hats daily to support the global marketing team. She is a proud cat mom to two fur babies, Kai and Moki.

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