People Analytics: How to Solve Business Problems #SHRMPeopleAnalytics



Every business has problems they want to solve. It could be a small problem or a large one. The key to solving business problems is

  1. Gathering the right data and information
  2. Having a good approach or system for problem-solving

Unfortunately, there are times when organizations approach problem-solving from the standpoint of “Oh, I know what the problem is…” and ultimately, end up only addressing a symptom versus the real issue. I’m sure you’ve seen it too. One approach to make for better data gathering and problem-solving would be to use...


Look Back to Look Forward



When I teach graduate school HR classes, there is an example I always turn to that highlights just how much the workplace has changed. I show a job description for a nurse that was given to new nursing hires in 1887. It includes duties such as: “Maintain an even temperature in your ward by bringing a scuttle of coal for the day's business.” It describes that nurses, who cared for fifty patients per day, should, “lay aside from each pay day a goodly sum...


It’s Time for American Businesses to Step to the Plate on Hiring Workers with Disabilities



Chances are, in your workplace today, there are empty seats you wish were filled with qualified and motivated employees. You are not alone.

Today in America there are more than seven million unfilled jobs. And there are also more than ten million Americans with disabilities who are ready, willing, and able to fill those jobs. It is not only the right time to tap into this talent pool, it is also a golden opportunity. Businesses that employ and support workers with disabilities average 28 percent higher revenue and 30 percent higher...


How to Create Solutions-Focused Employees



When most managers are asked how often their employees suggest creative, empathetic and customer-focused solutions, the answer is often “not nearly enough.” Many of today’s business leaders genuinely believe they foster an open environment that encourages employees to speak up; yet, they are shocked when they learn that their employees are actually holding back.

The fact is that employees have good ideas, they want to be heard and leadership wants to hear them. However, all too often, employees and leaders feel that no one cares about cultivating a communicative culture...


Leverage Analytics to See and Harvest the Greatness in Others – An Interview with Amber Hurdle #SHRMPeopleAnalytics



I am thrilled to have the chance to interview Amber Hurdle, a former teen mom who evolved into a powerhouse businesswoman, and who has worked with international celebrities, Fortune 500 companies, and businesses worldwide. Author of The Bombshell Business Woman and upcoming Velvet Machete® Personal Branding, she is also a speaker, podcaster and Predictive Index Certified Advisor. 

Amber, what would you like people who are just being introduced to you to know about you?

I would want people to know that I sell science and branding, but I deliver confidence....


The Steam Engine and Pursuing Your Passion



Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine in 1712. From an early age, Watt was good at engineering and math. He studied instruments in London before returning to Scotland to set up his own business, which did not go so well.

Watt then got a job repairing instruments at the University of Glasgow. In 1764, the University of Glasgow had a Newcomen steam engine that was not working well and James Watt was asked to help repair. He got extremely interested in the steam engine in general – and in particular...


Unravel HR Mysteries and Facilitate Better Strategic Value with Analytics




Imagine if you were asked to buy a house without ever seeing it. Your real estate agent tells you it has everything you asked for and you should trust her because she has had 100 percent success in predicting her client’s happiness with their purchase. Would you buy it?

What if you were planning a trip to an imaginary island, let’s call it Peopletopia, and the one person you know that has been there said you don’t need...


How HR Teams Support Scaling in Hyper-Growth Mode



Businesses today are growing faster than ever. Increased globalization, combined with better business technologies, is helping organizations hire and scale in a way that’s more distributed and — in an ideal world — more efficient. But we all know what they say about the best-laid plans, and when it comes to scaling your people operation in hyper-growth mode, it’s better to stay ahead of the potential breaking points than risk blindly succumbing to them. Every day, the people team at TripActions works hard to move fast while simultaneously planning ahead...


People Analytics is a Business Discipline



People Analytics is a business discipline. That’s a bold statement after decades of trying to justify an approach to employee data and trends as an organizational tool. Human resources information systems have continued to improve their ability to collect all kinds of data. HR practitioners are better set up to use these data points to look for patterns, combat negative trends and leverage talent in more productive and engaging ways. So, with these truths, people analytics is a business discipline and should be treated as such.

As with any discipline,...


4 HR Trends That Will Impact Your Workplace Culture in 2020



A new year is fast approaching and, with it, comes new laws, opportunities, and potential challenges for HR professionals. But creating a positive workplace culture is likely to be a constant activity, this year and next. So, what are the top HR trends that will lend to building a positive work culture in 2020 and beyond?

Here are four of the hottest employee experience topics that HR professionals will be tasked with addressing in the next decade:

  1. Retaliation in the Workplace
  2. Harassment Prevention Training
  3. New Approaches to Workplace Culture
  4. Data Transparency