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 […]


Disco: A place where data comes to dance

After a modest thumbs up from my dad on my last post on how we set the foundations for people analytics at Spotify, I’m now encouraged to share more on how we’ve created a consumer experience in connecting the business to data content that we know they want to view.  It’s a tad cliché to […]


Every day is mental health day

2020 has undoubtedly been a year unlike any other – as the coronavirus pandemic has brought unparalleled stress and forced people around the world to adjust their lifestyles and routines, there has been a strong and growing spotlight on mental health. Yesterday, at Spotify, we acknowledged World Mental Health Day. We used the occasion to […]


Life Is Not A Box Of Chocolates 

From our experience (and we’re certain the rest of the HR world can relate), when employees are given the chance to choose how to work things themselves, it is not often that a clear consensus can be reached.  There are so many diverse employees with diverse tastes and preferences, so we as HR professionals must […]


The Swedish Model In the New World

The Swedish model was a political system that emerged in the 1930s born as a compromise between the capitalists’ interests in economic growth and profitability, and the social liberals’ efforts for social policy equalisation. This foundation of compromise evolved into the idea of ’the people’s home’ – a kind of unwritten social contract with ideological […]


Don’t Lose Track of Your Contribution As Behaviourists

A litmus test The CV-19 pandemic has been a litmus test of company culture. If you got your response right, you’ll most likely have found that it’s reaffirmed that your cultural foundation is good, and simultaneously given you opportunities to make useful changes and accelerate new ideas.  Our culture at Spotify is built on controlled […]


2020: All eyes on HR

Organisations and industries are changing faster than ever. CV-19 has meant so many different things for countries, communities, companies, teams and individuals. For businesses all over the world and in the full range of industries. The reality is that change is the only constant. There are several common denominators created from this situation as well […]


Virtual interns with real impact

We all know the limitations that the Global Covid-19 pandemic has had on various HR practices at companies around the world and initiatives from our Campus Recruitment efforts are no different. In March we started thinking about the implications for our Summer Internship program, when 150 hopeful interns would join the band, in anticipation of […]



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 […]