Why evidence-based HR is critical to success and how to get started

I am huge fan of HR Data & Analytics and I have had the privilege of working with it for many years now. However, it is important to remember one thing; HR Analytics is only a mean to and end; one tool and one mean to better HR. I talked about exactly that at HumanContinue reading “Why evidence-based HR is critical to success and how to get started”

Six must-have competencies in a world-class analytics team

Succeeding with workforce analytics is difficult. It requires a mix of skills not found in one person only, and you should not assume, that you can do it on your own. We are all decent at most things but really only good in a few. You should therefore assemble a team, which has a multipleContinue reading “Six must-have competencies in a world-class analytics team”

Beware: HR Analytics leads to overconfidence

Overconfidence is a term used in psychology to describe a person bias for being right. The overconfidence effect is a well-established bias and describes a person’s subjective confidence in his or her judgments is reliably greater than the objective accuracy of those judgments, especially when confidence is relatively high. Daniel Kahneman writes in his epicContinue reading “Beware: HR Analytics leads to overconfidence”

How important is leadership for business success? Soccer may provide an answer. Workforce Analytics should do the rest

How important is leadership really for business success? It is obviously difficult to answer. Perhaps we could start by asking; how important are the top leaders for a company’s success? While more specific, this question is also difficult to give a brief and unambiguous answer to. However, we can begin to approach an answer byContinue reading “How important is leadership for business success? Soccer may provide an answer. Workforce Analytics should do the rest”

How you create a Superhero analytics team

Analytics is not easy. Or to be clear; getting the most business value from your data is not easy. There is so much to get right before you can unlock the hidden gems which are unquestionable lying deep inside your databases. Just consider the journey: First you must work on something which is highly importantContinue reading “How you create a Superhero analytics team”

In workforce analytics just pretend that correlation is the same as causality

If you read any article, book or blog post about workforce analytics, HR data or evidence based HR you will eventually read the following sentence “…but remember that correlation is not the same as causality”. And this is factually correct. Just because two items correlate does not mean that they are connected or that thereContinue reading “In workforce analytics just pretend that correlation is the same as causality”

Is HR evidence based? Seriously, are you kidding me?

The hype surrounding Workforce analytics, metrics and Big Data in HR has really increased over the last 12 months. Every conference, article, blog and strategic initiative is filled with buzz words around data and fact-based HR. So much so that Workforce analytics now is in danger of overselling itself. To outsiders it may appear thatContinue reading “Is HR evidence based? Seriously, are you kidding me?”

Workforce analytics is in danger of over-selling itself

Tom Peters gave an excellent advise when he in 1982 said ‘Formula for success: under promise and over deliver’. This goes very much hand-in-hand with the truism in service management (and is HR not one big service organization?) that excellent service = customer perception – customer expectations. The more you raise the expectations the harderContinue reading “Workforce analytics is in danger of over-selling itself”

Don’t go to a job interview at 11am

If you could choose the time of day to go to a job interview what time would you pick? Before you answer, let me just warn you; the time you pick may impact your chance of getting the job. My advice is that you pick a time early in the morning or right after theContinue reading “Don’t go to a job interview at 11am”

In defense of HR Best Practice

The concept of ‘best practice’ is so yesterday. So I am told. Although I fully understand where the critics are coming from, I think they are too negative on the concept. Let me expand… Yes, ‘best practice’ has come under some criticism lately and quite frankly also with some justification. It is impossible to goContinue reading “In defense of HR Best Practice”

Let Hell Week inspire your recruitment process

The “war for talent” has made many companies change their recruitment processes and practically beg talents to come and join their company. The processes have been made as friendly, warm and inviting as possible partly to signal that it is a friendly and open company (nothing wrong with that) but also to convince talented peopleContinue reading “Let Hell Week inspire your recruitment process”

The problem with ‘evidence’ in HR

I admit it: I like the evidence based approach to HR. I like it because it appeals to my sense of trying to do the right thing in the right way. And I like the idea of using other people’s findings and applying them to my own work. The evidence based approach essentially tries toContinue reading “The problem with ‘evidence’ in HR”

What HR data can’t tell you

HR data and HR analytics is becoming increasingly popular – and with good reason.  Good data and clever use of the data can make HR better. Data mining, charts and data reports are used to guide innovation and process optimization.  All good things. There is an argument among some people in HR that “you cannotContinue reading “What HR data can’t tell you”

Shareholder value from a great talent management program

Every organization relies on a small cluster of talent in order to be able to execute its strategy and meet its goals. These employees – or talents – account for a disproportionate share of revenue and profits. They are the backbone of the organization and the company should do whatever they can to nurture andContinue reading “Shareholder value from a great talent management program”

Evidence-Based HR

Looking through books, research and blogs about evidence-based HR, it is clear that a few are very keen on the concept and lots of people are very skeptical about it. Let me say straight away that I think it is a great approach to HR. Evidence-based HR is essentially an approach which rely on hard-coreContinue reading “Evidence-Based HR”