About this blog

Welcome to the Spotify HR Blog! Our company is changing the world, all while growing at hyper speed. In order for us to stay ahead, both our people and the company must develop faster than the world changes. This puts very special demands on us, the HR department, to create that environment where a diverse […]


Leading with empathy, kindness and accountability

The past few months have been unlike any others. First, the pandemic changed our lives almost overnight. Then we saw a global outpouring of anger and sadness following the death of George Floyd. Now is not a time to stand back and wait; it’s a time to take action. It’s time for all of us […]


Culture as a strategy to navigate our new reality

The recent crises have changed life for all of us and it’s undeniable that the world is currently operating in a different and new context. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with negativity and anxiety, so as part of a fast-changing organisation it’s important to stay future-facing and think about how to best adapt to this […]



VUCA bootcamp: not a freakin’ work in progress!

The acronym VUCA has been around for a while, but never has it been more relevant or real than it is today. COVID-19 has been the ultimate bootcamp to working under conditions of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. When we think about the impact this pandemic has had on the global workforce to say that […]



Talent Acquisition in Times of Turmoil

A Hiring Snapshot People are challenged in many different ways throughout their lifetime. It’s the challenges that define us. As the world unites together to face what will be a defining moment for multiple generations, our experiences differ. At Spotify, we always put our people first, and putting our people at the center has been […]


Tuning In To Employee Engagement

What gets measured, gets managed. An old adage that often creates heated discussion. Debates aside, the point is that measuring something can give you the information you need in order to make sure you actually achieve what you set out to do. However, today’s businesses can be an elaborate labyrinth of different measurements – a […]



Leading the Band

It started with our Leadership Criteria Back in the day, when we were still less than 1000 employees, we decided to create our Manager SLA, our service level agreement, defining what a great people manager is at Spotify.  We wanted to do it the way we usually do things around here. In collaboration and with […]


Mental Health at the Heart

COVID-19 affects everyone and now, more than ever, mental health needs to be a top priority. Those of us who’ve experienced trauma or a mental health problem in the past or who have a long-term physical health condition – we’re even more vulnerable to the dramatic toll this pandemic can have on our mental health. […]