Strategic HR

The “Smarts” In the Systems You Have Can Make You Really Smart

We are rapidly moving from a world where HR analytics was a dream to one where it’s a well-understood tool. One illustration of this is the evolution of analytics software from general purpose tools to systems that have HR smarts already built-in. This matters a lot to companies that are not making fast…

On the Four Stages of Workforce Analytics, Where Are You?

When it comes to your HR projects list this year, put workforce analytics first. The talent management industry has been discussing workforce analytics for years, but 2016 witnessed some of the biggest leaps toward true big data capabilities. Organizations are moving from the simplest stages of workforce data analysis—”descriptive and diagnostic” analytics —…

Help Your Board Make a Successful CEO Hire

The Center for Creative Leadership has estimated that “failure” in senior leadership positions has increased in recent years. As the senior partner for a boutique career transition firm, working exclusively with senior executives, I have been a witness to a large number of executive exits. We assist in transitioning these same executives into…

The HR Analytics Rocking Horse: Lots of Action, Little Progress

As we head full-on into the second month of 2017, a friend sent me the link to a survey analysis that is extremely eye-opening. Still Under Construction:  The State of HR Analytics 2016, conducted and published by the New Talent Management Network, has some compelling data about how HR functions are deploying higher…

Sometimes HR Just Has to Go Big and Fail Fast

What would happen if HR just went ahead and tried something new? No lengthy conversations; no insisting on a unanimous consensus; and certainly no pilot. “I Googled ‘entrepreneurship and HR’, and got very, very little results,” said Tariq Elnaga, manager, talent development & diversity at Spectra Energy. “I Googled ‘HR and policy’, and…

What Workforce Planning Technology Can Do

Employee turnover is extremely expensive, costing up to 1.5 to 2 times an employee’s salary, and those numbers are rising. Finding and training a replacement can be an arduous process. In an effort to recruit and retain employees, companies do everything from offer free, chef-cooked lunches to employees to regular retreats in fun…

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…