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3 Areas That Workforce Analytics Create Business Value

Gartner estimates HR can boost an organization’s profit margins by 4% and drive talent outcomes by up to 23% by improving its analytical capacity. It’s not surprising then that 70% of organizations expect to increase their investment in workforce analytics in the coming years.

This renewed interest in analytics is driven by two main factors. First, our ability to collect and store vast amounts of data has dramatically increased recently with breakthroughs in computing power. Second, this increase in data collection has resulted in the rapid adoption of AI and automation tech.

The logical next step is the ability to use this data and tech to solve critical business challenges in HR and beyond. Continue reading

A Shortlisting Criteria How-To Guide For Identifying The Best Candidates

Figuring out the right shortlisting criteria to identify the best candidates is still the top recruiting challenge for talent acquisition professionals.

52% of talent acquisition leaders say the most difficult part of their job is identifying the right candidates from a large applicant pool

To help you become more efficient and accurate when shortlisting candidates, I’ve created this guide on how to create the right shortlisting criteria to find the best candidates.

What is shortlisting criteria?

Shortlisting criteria are the essential and desirable criteria needed to do the job, as well as the minimum levels of each that the shortlisted candidate should possess. Continue reading

8 People Analytics Conferences You Should Know About

The popularity of people analytics – the use of data and data analysis techniques to understand, improve and optimize the people side of business – is creating dozens of people analytics conferences around the world.

Research by Bersin has found that while 78% of large companies rated people analytics as “urgent” or “important,” only 7% rate their organizations as having “strong” people analytics capabilities.

This discrepancy represents a huge opportunity to differentiate yourself by strengthening your analytical abilities.

To help you along your people analytics journey, I’ve compiled a list of the 8 best people analytics conferences presented in chronological order. Continue reading

5 Google People Analytics Lessons You Can Steal

The Google People Analytics team is famous for their data-based HR and talent practices.

All people decisions at Google should be based on data and analytics. -Prasad Setty, VP of Google People Analytics

Google recognized early on the value of creating a people analytics department to optimize the recruitment, development, and advancement of their people based on data insights.

They are clearly doing it right because today, Google employs more than 10,000 people, receives more than 50,000 resumes weekly, and ranks number one on Fortune’s 100 best companies to work.

To help you optimize your HR and talent practices like Google, here are 5 lessons from Google’s People Analytics that you can steal. Continue reading

5 Recruitment Shortlisting Strategies To Speed Up Time-To-Hire

When the average job posting receives 250 resumes and up to 88% of candidates who apply are unqualified, recruitment shortlisting strategies are more important than ever.

Despite advances in recruiting software and technology, screening resumes and shortlisting candidates are still the most time-consuming parts of recruitment.

That’s why I created this list of the 5 best recruitment shortlisting strategies to help speed up your time-to-hire.

1. Using keywords as a recruitment shortlisting strategy

One of the classic recruitment shortlisting strategies is finding qualified candidates using keywords. A good Applicant Tracking System (ATS) should allow you to screen candidates using keywords based on desired skills and experience. Continue reading

People Analytics Software: Best Practices From The Experts

One of the fastest growing areas of HR is people analytics. But understanding how to best leverage people analytics software can be challenging. To help you learn more, I’ve asked industry experts for their advice on best practices for using people analytics software.

Dr. Benoit Hardy-Vallée, IBM Kenexa Leader:

The best people analytics software is human judgement.

The key to getting insights first starts with a true desire to answer important questions using data and evidence.

No software will provide that desire for evidence-based learning. People analytics software first and foremost needs to be able to function as a tool to empower human decision making. Continue reading

People Analytics For Recruitment: A How-To Pocket Guide

SHRM identifies people analytics for recruitment as one of the top recruiting trends of 2016.

Popularized by the Google people analytics team and with dozens of people analytics conferences around the world, it looks to be a trend that’s here to stay.

When it comes to recruitment and talent acquisition, Aberdeen’s talent acquisition survey recommends that HR “prioritize analytics” and “invest in innovative technology options.” 

The adoption of people analytics for recruitment holds the promise that the recruitment function can become even more valuable and strategic within a company.

To help you along, I created this handy pocket guide on how to use people analytics for recruitment. Continue reading

IBM HR Summit 2016 Recap: People Analytics and Cognitive Technology

#PowerUpHR: People Analytics & Cognitive Technology

What I Got Out of the 2016 IBM HR Summit

It has been a couple days since the close of IBM’s 2016 HR Summit and I am still taking in everything I saw. At a high level, IBM’s annual HR Summit is a 3-day conference for all things HR tech.

Going in I expected to see some great keynotes but I was blown away by the passion of every person I spoke with. To see not just speakers, but all attendees so devoted to bringing data to HR was very inspiring. The event gathered entrepreneurs, engineers, HR professionals and thought leaders from around the world. Continue reading

What is People Analytics? A 5 Minute Intro

People Analytics Intro

A 5 minute definition of People Analytics for VPs, salespeople, hiring managers and job candidates alike. This is what you need to know:

15 second definition:

The practice of making data-backed people management decisions within an organization. Most frequently referred to in hiring, retention and absenteeism management.

Origin:

Likely the offspring of Google’s People & Innovation Lab (PiLab), People Analytics first caught the attention of professionals in 2013.

Related terms: #HRtech, HR Technology, HR Predictive Analytics, HR Big Data Names to know: Dr John Sullivan (@DrJohnSullivan), Fast Company deemed him the “Michael Jordan of Hiring”, Staffing.org called him “the father of HR metrics”. Continue reading

Ready to Implement People Analytics? Don’t Forget the Most Important Question

Implementing People Analytics

Michael Cavaretta, Lead Data Scientist (before data science was cool) at Ford Motor Co. crafted a striking article on the fundamentals of analytics. With over 15 years experience, Michael points out the most critical question that is too often overlooked, “so what?”

Many analytics presentations crash and burn because no one answered the question, “so what?” 

We often talk about the power of people analytics and the potential it holds for business large and small. Michael even makes note in his piece, “Anytime you look at business metrics there is an opportunity to use analytics. A hot area right now is the application of big data and analytics to HR processes.”

It’s clear that human resources and hiring are itching for a revolution – but without defined strategy, many firms will fail. Continue reading