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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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Year-end payroll: Make a list and check it twice!

The first snowflakes gently fell from the sky this past weekend in Waterloo, a reminder that the holiday season is fast approaching. In our house we were tuning up the snow blower and writing Christmas lists. It is also that time of the year when organizations should create a year-end payroll checklist and prepare for any tune ups needed for the first payroll of the New Year. We all want to stay on the Canada Revenue Agency’s “nice” list and off of the “naughty” list!

 

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Trump’s campaign and human resource strategies

Like everyone else, I watched the US presidential election with much fascination and of course appreciation for Canadian values and the way we in Canada still have the decency to, at least in public, treat some things as unacceptable. But politics aside, I think Donald Trump’s campaign has very key lessons for human resource practitioners. So I would like to relate, in true obsessive form, the key strategies of his campaign to some strategies I think could be useful for human resource practitioners.

 

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Integrate and elevate your HR functions for business and people success

Business integration of the HR function occurs fully when the talent management system, including performance management, succession planning, competency management, systems integration, employee engagement, corporate culture, change management and leadership development is able to successfully align the development of the people in its system to meet business performance objectives. People operations and processes are designed to empower people to achieve development and organizational goals.

 

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Should human resources be waiting for a seat at the table or setting the table?

Ever since I entered the Human Resources (HR) profession, even in graduate school, there has been dialogue around what HR needs to do in order to get a seat at the table. This dialogue seems to have picked up even more steam in recent years and much of the growth in HR research has been focused on finding a way for HR to get that seat at the table through proving its legitimacy and its value. My view is that HR should, instead of trying to fit in or get a seat at an existing table, focus on agenda setting.

 

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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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Mandatory work experience programs for all Ontario students

On Thursday June 23, 2016, the Ontario government announced that they are considering mandatory work experience programs for all high school, college and university students.

 

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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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Proper HR practices can save needless WSIB claim costs

There are a lot of moving parts when managing a WSIB claim, especially one that has become prolonged or complex. Most employers are aware that ensuring their company is compliant with Health & Safety best practices will likely result in reduced workers’ compensation costs. The same can be said with respect to important Human Resources practices and procedures. The problem is that busy claims managers sometimes lose sight of this while they attempt to juggle all the moving pieces of a claim.

 

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Tax freedom days are here again… Happy days are here again!

According to the Fraser Institute, tax freedom day falls on June 7 this year. From that day onward, employees are finally working for themselves and their family.

 

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