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John Pensom is CEO of PeopleInsight with 20 years’ experience in the "people" business and gained deep knowledge in how technology, information and analytics drives business and culture change. PeopleInsight is a Canadian company delivering cloud-based workforce and business analytics; it connects and unlocks traditionally disparate HR, talent, engagement, business results and external market data to deliver rich insight through analytics in clear, visually appealing and actionable ways. Read more

Consider your audience: HR analytics

As we discussed in last month’s post, one key aspect to successfully using analytics to drive decision making is being able to tell the story—apply important context to the results to understand what they mean. Another key consideration is your audience. Your audience should determine what analytics to focus on and how you visualize the results.

 

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Power your people analytics with storytelling

In our last post, we explored the value of visualizations in bringing workforce data to life and simplifying understanding. So what comes next once we have robust people data, deeper understanding, and great visualizations? It’s time to start using HR Analytics to share insight and drive decision making with executives and lines of business. What’s the best way to do this? It’s through storytelling. That’s right…good old–fashioned storytelling.

 

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The power of data visualization

With so much HR and Talent data at our disposal, its critical that we come up with ways to distill the volume into manageable and meaningful chunks of information. A key way to do this is via data visualization. It seems common sense, but why then do we still attend or present at meetings with slides consisting of rows and columns of numbers, or text–heavy slides with a crude chart or two as illustration of the points? Why do annual reports favour flat data, charts and lists, and heavy text explanations?

 

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HR metrics: A data driven look at sales teams

All of this got me thinking about the ways in which analytics can guide and drive the building out and scaling of a highly effective sales capability. With this in mind, I put together some thoughts on the inputs and decisions needed to gain a 360 degree view on your sales talent, broken into three components—Company Context, Candidate Profile & Recruitment, and Development, Support & Motivation.

 

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HR data: Go beyond the tip of the iceberg

Workforce data is everywhere. In all different formats using multiple languages, inconsistent terminology, and living in different systems. Given this complexity, it’s not surprising that most HR & talent teams access and utilize only a small portion of their data’s power. This is the data that’s visible, on the surface, and easily reported. But this is only the tip of the iceberg…and below the surface is where we really need to focus to deliver results for the business.

 

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Part 5 of 5: Getting started with people analytics, 10 common questions

In our last few blogs we covered numbers 1 through 9 of our list of the 10 most common questions and concerns HR professionals raise when considering getting started with workforce analytics. It’s time now for #10.

 

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Part 4 of 5: Getting started with people analytics, 10 common questions

In our last few blogs we covered numbers 1 through 7 of our list of the 10 most common questions and concerns HR professionals raise when considering getting started with workforce analytics. Now let’s move onto 2 more questions and concerns and how you can overcome them.

 

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Part 3 of 5: Getting started with people analytics, 10 common questions

In our last two blog posts we covered five of the most common questions and concerns HR professionals raise when considering getting started with workforce analytics. Now let’s move onto two more questions and concerns and how you can overcome them.

 

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Part 2 of 5: Getting started with people analytics, 10 common questions

In our last blog we covered three common concerns and questions HR professionals often raise when considering getting started with workforce analytics. Now let’s move onto two more questions and concerns and how you can overcome them.

 

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Part 1 of 5: Getting started with people analytics, 10 common questions

For many in HR, getting serious about workforce analytics represents a change to the way things have been. To help navigate this change, we’ve put together answers to 10 of the most common concerns and questions we get asked by HR professionals as they are looking to get started with workforce analytics. In this blog, we’ll cover three of these concerns/questions. Stay tuned for our follow-on blogs that will cover the remaining seven.

 

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Three CHRO hot topics- 3 of 3

This 3rd Hot Topic is: We need to get a better understanding of manager impact.

 

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Three CHRO hot topics – 2 of 3

In this second blog topic, we’re going to look at CHRO Hot Topic #2: There’s a shift underway in the Engagement space. From what I can see, there are a number of forces at play in the engagement industry.

 

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Three CHRO hot topics- 1 of 3

I recently met with about 15 Talent & HR Executives over the course of a few days. While there were many fascinating conversations, there are three themes that really stood out for me:

 

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Why your HRIS analytics and reporting just isn’t enough

In this blog, I tackle a question that gets asked a lot: “Can’t my HR & Talent Systems provide the analytics and reporting I need?”

 

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Start seeing clearly: Get the visibility you need with talent acquisition analytics

Across the areas of attracting, sourcing, and progressing candidates through a positive experience there are many moving parts. It can be a challenge to understand quickly and clearly, what’s working and what’s not, and where to invest attention and budget. And while there is a ton of data available this isn’t always at the right level to inform decisions. A deeper look at your recruitment channel and candidate data can deliver visibility into the effectiveness of your efforts and tell you where focus is needed.

 

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