Ian Cook

About the Author

Ian Cook is recognized for his leadership and insight in the area of workforce analytics and planning. Ian is currently the Director of Product Management at Visier, and is responsible for continually enhancing the depth of insight available within this leading edge application. Prior to joining Visier, Ian built Canada's leading source of HR Benchmarking data. His knowledge and expertise comes from 10+ years of consulting to global companies.

Is Your Diversity Recruitment Struggling? Maybe You’re Making These Mistakes

Lack of workforce diversity has placed a magnifying glass on the hiring practices of organizations in all industries. It’s about being more thoughtful in granting everyone equal access to employment opportunities and also opening your doors to a wider range of talent that may just the very thing you need to succeed in…

HR Data Alone Won’t Make You Strategic

Embedded analytics — defined by Gartner as analytic capabilities that are “easily accessible from inside the application, without forcing users to switch between systems” — are one tactic that has been heralded as an effective approach for facilitating data-driven decisions. For HR leaders, the promise of embedded analytics is especially appealing, due to…

Improve Your Hiring Quality With These 3 Measures

One of the most valuable performance metrics for recruitment is the quality of each hire made. However, most talent leaders believe they aren’t measuring quality of hire effectively. According to LinkedIn’s 2016 Global Recruiting survey, only 33% of respondents feel that their methodologies are strong, and an even smaller 5% felt it “best in…

3 Ways to Use Your Workforce Data to Improve Safety

Editor’s note: It would be a mistake to believe accidents and work-related illnesses are mostly a blue-collar concern. Data shows that workers in hospitals and those who work in museums and historical sites suffer more injuries than do those in mining, for example. Workforce safety is a top concern across a wide range…

Want to Avoid the Latest HR Fad? Then Dig Into Your Workforce Intelligence

Today, at a time when hiring, new job creation and voluntary turnover are at 5-year highs, there is no shortage of CEOs making bold talent policy moves. Indeed, these kinds of programs can increase engagement and productivity. However, they can also bring a myriad of unintended consequences if data isn’t used to inform…

Avoiding the Holiday PTO Trap: You Need to Get Line Managers On Board

If you work in HR, this is the time of year when you may be itching to discuss holiday PTO with line managers. But there is likely a topic that you are hesitant to broach because it could put the line manager on the defensive: Whether employees who are owed PTO (paid time…

How HR Can Become Talent Gurus – and Build Credibility in the Process

During five years of international HR consulting for a range of organizations, I noticed that companies of all sizes (from small businesses to the global Fortune 100) had something in common: When HR was perceived by others to deliver the most value, it was when it was firefighting — responding to issues and “fixing” them….