10 Best Podcasts to Listen to at work

While at work, one of the best ways to focus or lock in some learning is to put on a podcast. While going through any brain dead or mind-numbing task, a podcast in the background might unlock some new ideas or just spark some curious learning. We’ve gone through the hundreds of podcasts out there on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.

At TailoredSpace, we are all about staying engaged throughout the workday, and we know that one of the best ways to do that is through listening to podcasts while you work. We hope you enjoy listening to the collection of podcasts we recommend below! Here are ten of the best podcasts we recommend listening to at work or throwing on the office Sonos as a nice background educational show:


1. 99% Invisible

All about design, architecture, and the 99% invisible activities that shape the world. This podcast is a fantastic educational entertainer that dives into many topics the average listener would never explore on their own. The podcast operates in a story format and isn’t about providing useful tips or advice. Rather it tells the story about the many things we use in our daily lives and how they came about to be.

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2. Radiolab

Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, Radiolab explores a variety of topics ranging from Geology to Neuroscience. Each episode dives into the intricacies of the topic and how it relates to others. The start of each episode asks a series of thought-provoking questions which are then answered throughout the show.

3. Stuff You Should Know

The world is complicated and there’s no way for any one person to know everything. This podcast, hosted by Josh Clark and Charles Bryant, informs listeners on a variety of topics that they believe are important. Each episode explores a specific topic and breaks it down into an easily digestible set of information about why it’s important to know the said topic. The show enlightens the listener through its clarifying context.

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4. The Nerdist

Hosted by Chris Hardwick, The Nerdist is offbeat, quirky, and a great entertainer. The podcast revolves around interviews with famous personalities and thought leaders. They dive into what it means to be a leader in a given field, a nerd, and much more! The podcast has been ranked one of the best of all time and included in the Top 10 Comedy Podcast list two times by the Rolling Stones.

5. NPR’s All Songs Considered 

Hosted by Bob Bollen and Robin Hilton, All Songs Considered is a show that explores emerging bands and songs every week. The podcast primarily focuses on sharing new genres and songs not commonly found in regular charts available on platforms such as Spotify. Because of this, it’s a fantastic way of falling in love with a new niche genre, or just mixing things up during one’s morning commute.

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6. The Alarmist

Hosted by Rebecca Smith, The Alarmist explores historical and current disaster events in our world and explores why the disaster happened, why it wasn’t prevented, and who’s to blame. The podcast is perfect for exploring historical tragedies such as the Titanic sinking, the break-up of the Beatles, or even the Coronavirus pandemic.

7. StartUp

For any would-be or current entrepreneurs, StartUp is for you. This podcast covers everything to do with building a startup business. Hosted by Lisa Chow and Alex Blumberg, this podcast covers all the areas of running a startup such as marketing, operations, culture, and technology. It dives into lessons learned, notable success stories, and conducts interviews with successful founders. Each episode, or multi-part episode, touches upon a specific company and how they do things differently.

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8. Getting Things Done

Hosted by David Allen, a world-renowned productivity guru, Getting Things Done covers David’s popular productivity method and contains interviews with those that have implemented it and achieved considerable success. The podcast touch on useful habits, trips, and methods to boost productivity, better time management, and overall improve one’s professional work style. 

9. This is Your Life

Hosted by Michael Hyatt, this weekly podcast is all about professional leadership and improving one’s outlook related to work. It explores how to build more passion into work, exert influence, and achieve greater focus in what one does. What’s great about this podcast is Michael also ensures his teachings and guidance can apply to a listener’s personal life as well.

10. The Accidental Creative

Hosted by Todd Henry, The Accidental Creative tries to explore the process behind how great ideas happen. It looks into how some of our most successful creatives and innovators went instilling specific habits, workflows, and frameworks to drum up great ideas and creative concepts. The podcast tries to translate this into actionable items for the listener to take back with them and apply it to their daily lives. Another thing to note is how the podcast links creativity with other areas such as productivity and leadership. Listeners also love how each episode is short and sweet, lasting roughly 7 minutes.

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Podcasts are an easily digestible and entertaining way of learning about new topics. Today, there are millions of podcasts spanning a variety of areas that suit one’s job function, industry, or region. It’s highly recommended to follow a few podcasts so that while at work, one’s not only working but also continuously learning. We invite you to bring a pair of Apple Earpods, your laptop, and a positive attitude down to TailoredSpace one day to work and listen to your new favorite podcasts.

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