Now that you’ve read through Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this blog post series on HR Learning Resources, take a look at this list of human resource management-related podcasts, webinars, books, and ebooks.


According to Percolate’s annual Marketing Report, the U.S.A.’s consumption of podcasts has more than doubled since 2008. In the last decade, podcasts have rocketed from obscure corners of the iTunes store to a cornerstone of the content landscape. They’re convenient for commuters and are all-in-all a fantastic way to take in information about your industry.

There are a number of fantastic podcasts out there that range from informative to hilarious, so have a look and subscribe.

Jacob Morgan’s Future of Work Podcast

Each episode of the Future of Work Podcast tackles a specific theme or idea related to the future of work such as big data, collaboration, management, flexible work, globalization, the internet of things, and much more.

HR Happy Hour

HR Happy Hour, the longest running and top downloaded HR podcast, focuses on human resources, management, leadership, and workforce technology. The show is hosted by Steve Boese, the Co-Chair of the HR Technology Conference.

Talent Culture’s Live Radio Podcast

This OG HR podcast is hosted by Megan Biro and is followed by the ever-popular #WorkTrends Twitter chat. Tune in every Wednesday to learn about and discuss the most pressing HR topics of the day.

9 to Thrive HR

Combining the original HCI podcast (archives available here) library with the new 9 to Thrive HR, this show has hundreds of episodes covering a wide range of topics.

Hire Up Podcast

Each episode of the Hire Up podcast features a different panel of subject-matter experts discussing an important HR topic. Episodes explore issues like conflict resolution, employee engagement, performance management, and more.

Hiring on all Cylinders

Hiring on all Cylinders is having the important conversations about recruitment, joined each week by the professionals who are on the front lines filling their organizations with top talent.

Harvard Business Review: Ideacast

The Ideacast podcast isn’t just about HR. It covers a range of leadership and management topics to help listeners understand business better. Episodes are usually under 20-minutes, so they’re great for bite-sized learning breaks.

HR Works: The Podcast for Human Resources

Twice a month, HR Works provides clear, relevant, actionable information on topics that matter to human resources professionals. They cover a variety of practical topics for HR pros in 20 to 30 minute podcasts.

These podcasts have been discontinued but you can still access their archives for good learning value and insights: 

DriveThru HR

DriveThru HR’s hosts and special guests cover a wealth of topics, including HR Technology, Recruiting, Talent Management, Leadership, Organizational Culture and Strategic HR, every day at 12:00 pm Central Time. The radio program is hosted by @MikeVanDervort

The CYA Report

The hilarity and tongue-in-cheek frankness that regular readers of HR blog Fistful of Talent have come to expect can be found in their podcast, too. The hosts explore content you might not find in your average HR podcast and cover some classic subjects as well.

Best Part of My Job

This podcast is based on a simple model: host Lars Schmidt of Amplify Talent asks his guest what they find is the best part of their job. He’s got a pretty all-star lineup of guests, and the subject matter ranges from informative to inspiring.


Looking for some bite-sized learning you can do at work? Try a webinar! As a popular method for brands and organizations to deliver content in an informative way, webinars are a very accessible form of continued learning.

Canadian HR Reporter offers free and paid webinar content covering a variety of HR topics.

Human Capital Institute offers free webinars on a weekly basis. Membership is required (but is available for free.)

Biz Library offers several free webinars every month on the latest trends in employee development and HR best practices.

World at Work is a nonprofit professional association in compensation and total rewards. They offer a variety of free and paid webinars that require an annual membership fee to participate.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) offers webcasts for free covering a broad spectrum of HR topics.

If you’re looking for more payroll-related content, check out the Canadian Payroll Association. Most of their webinars are free for members.

Books & eBooks

Even if you’re pressed for time, keep this list of books and ebooks handy for when you need some down time. So dust off that library card and head to your local branch to check out some of our must-read HR books.

Looking for inspiration on how to build a great company culture? Check out Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness. Or pick up on of our favourites: Start with Why, by Simon Sinek.

For those looking to augment their general business knowledge, here’s Forbes’ list of 10 Must-Read Titles for HR Professionals.

Additional resources

As if all these podcasts, webinars, and ebooks weren’t enough to keep you busy, we wanted to add a few additional resources to this list. These popular HR blogs and tools help new and seasoned people pros stay on top of the trends, and on top of their game.

HR Council’s Free HR Toolkit

Especially useful for nonprofits and small businesses, the HR Council’s free HR toolkit is filled with accessible resources for business to make sure their HR functions are scalable (and compliant) as they grow.

Ask a Manager

On top of being a wealth of resources and information for HR professionals, this blog is also a great way to have your most pressing questions answered. You can email Alison directly, and she’ll answer many of the user-submitted questions right on her blog.

Harvard Business Review

Their well-stocked video section is filled with tips and tutorials to help you be a better lead, manager, and business-minded HR pro.

Canadian Payroll Association

The CPA is your go-to resource for all things compliance. They are the authority on payroll in Canada, and their website’s search function can give you succinct and credible answers to all of your payroll questions.

The Globe and Mail Leadership Lab

When it comes to business and leadership in Canada, the Globe and Mail has you covered. They invite subject-matter experts across a wide range of industries to comment on pressing employment issues in our country.

People Geekly Newsletter

If you’re a fan of newsletters, we strongly recommend you apply to the People Geekly newsletter. A sister-brand to Australian HR Tech sweetheart, Culture Amp, the People Geekly will keep you up-to-date on all things people and culture (especially people analytics).

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