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Post date: January 31, 2017
You come to a fork in the road. The sign indicates 100 travelers have taken the left fork and 14 have fallen to their death; it also shows that 50 travelers have taken the right fork and 8 have fallen to their death. Which road do you take?   Welcome to the world of HR analytics.   The answer to...
Post date: October 31, 2016
It’s been said that every generation has a distinct personality. The thinking goes that our likes, dislikes, and motivations can be shaped by the shared experiences we live through as a group. Just consider Millennials, (born 1981–2000) who have grown up in an age marked by digital media, a...
Post date: April 12, 2016
In Daniel Pink’s notable TED talk, “The Puzzle of Motivation,” he drew attention to our inability to bring more rigorous thinking, data, and evidence to decision-making in business. We can address that problem by learning how to apply scientific insights to help solve everyday business problems,...
Post date: February 2, 2016
In Jim Collins' renowned book, Good to Great, he vividly brings to life the concept of the flywheel effect: the consistent pushing in a particular direction until enough turns are made, and enough momentum built such that the flywheel propels forward with great speed and fluidity. Collins notes...
Post date: February 18, 2020
Stone-age humans relied on them. Socrates, Confucius and Newton did, too. The Vikings used them to invade Britain. Occam’s Razor is based on them. Franz Gall used them to develop phrenology. Harry Markowitz did as well for selecting stock portfolios; Billy Beane for baseball.  We’re talking about...
Post date: March 15, 2016
By Scott Mondore, Ph.D. As is the case with many HR practices, the business impact of 360 (multi-source) assessments is rarely demonstrated in quantifiable terms. Organizational leaders often stop short, evaluating satisfaction with the 360 assessment process but missing the opportunity to link...
Post date: July 18, 2019
The rapid advancements in high-quality human resources data and analytics over the past few years have dramatically enhanced the influence of CHROs. This is obviously great for the careers of HR professionals, but also for the health of firms that are taking advantage of the insights to make...
Post date: May 26, 2017
At many organizations, the “local” human resources rep isn’t local anymore. And neither are the employees. The “office” is the 30th floor in a skyscraper one day, a coffee shop the following week, and a living room with a crying baby the next. The diffusion of work from offices to digital...
Post date: September 7, 2016
Analytics should be used in organizations to uncover the key people drivers of actual business outcomes (e.g. sales, profits, turnover). Instead, most organizations are using analysis to just create more reports and more metrics.  Misguided metrics typically focus on HR efficiencies, such as time-...
Post date: November 17, 2017
I had a strange experience at an analytics workshop I ran last year. I’d set up an “open space” session where I had six or seven flip charts scattered around the room and participants could write down a topic they’d like to discuss. Normally, you end up with little groups at each flip chart with...
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