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“Small Data” Can Have a Big Impact When You Get Started in Analytics

David Green joined IBM about a year ago to help IBM customers grow their people analytics and technology. He has been involved with HR since the late 90’s and also writes and speaks about data driven HR. Historically, HR decisions used ‘gut and intuition’ to drive decisions. Now the use of data in…

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 —…

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…

What HR Will Be Dealing With In 2017

The end of 2016 is near, and for some of us, thank goodness! While we count down the seconds until the crystal ball drops, we can plan for the trends about to hit human resources departments. Keeping an eye on compliance will certainly be important over the next year. What happens with immigration,…

We’re Taking the Plunge and Hiring an Analytics Leader

You might have seen my comment on Raghav Singh’s article about Monster’s fall. I said: “The better companies get at analyzing and using data effectively to drive business decisions (in this case, where to invest recruitment marketing dollars and focus their sourcing and candidate engagement strategies), the more important it will be for…

Three Steps to Creating a Diversified Sourcing Strategy

We’ve all heard the wise words before: You shouldn’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Whether we’re talking about investing our money or sourcing candidates, this adage rings true. Yet, as sourcers and recruiters, we are often guilty of going back to the same old sources that have served us well…

3 Talent Acquisition Trends You Need To Know In 2016

This post originally appeared on the Proactive Talent Blog  Talent acquisition has undergone a significant transformation in the last five years. With 76% of the online population now on social media, it has never been easier to find and source candidates online. However, the social web has also made recruiting more complex as candidates…

Are HR Measures Really Too Soft and Subjective?

By David C. Forman In his new book, Fearless HR — Driving Business Results, argues that HR cannot move forward until it directly addresses the historical perceptions that have constrained its standing in organizations. He identifies five specific biases, and one is that “HR Measures are Too Soft and Subjective.”  He examines this view in terms…

OK, You’re an HR Leader and Have HR Data. Now What?

It’s no secret that HR organizations traditionally have lagged their finance and sales brethren in their use of data analytics. According to analyst Josh Bersin, only 4 percent of companies currently are using predictive analytics due to two primary challenges: Many companies are distracted by efforts to replace outdated HR systems (which, ironically, may…

The Top 4 Talent Management Trends You Should Watch For in 2016

Editor’s Note: It’s an annual tradition for TLNT to count down the most popular posts of the previous 12 months. We’re reposting each of the top 25 articles between now and January 2nd. This is No. 5 of 2016. You can find the complete list here. As companies prepare for the year ahead,…

Don’t Be Surprised if Soon Just Scanning a Name Will Tell You If They’re Available

We are standing at the beginning of a big data revolution in recruitment in which the recruitment industry will go from a data and intelligence phase to a multi-source insight, predictive, and recommendation phase. Data makes it easier to predict the amount of applications for a vacancy, and it provides information on how to…

How to Measure Culture and Prevent “Leadership Malpractice”

In medicine, prescription before diagnosis is considered malpractice. This seems obvious, as any rational person would be horrified if a doctor prescribed treatment without first taking vitals, asking questions or running tests to determine the problem. This ready-fire-aim approach is presumptuous at best, and criminally negligent at worst. So, why do we expect…

Big Data, Small Data — The Challenge Collecting and Protecting Employee Data

In the wake of a massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management, the largest federal employees union is suing OPM for failing to protect its employees’ data. The lawsuit alleges that the breach compromised personally identifiable information from 18 million government workers, including private social life details of employees applying for…

Yes, Knowledge is Power, But Data Is Not

The “knowledge is power” idiom was originally attributed to Francis Bacon in the late 16th century. But like many time-honored theories and beliefs, the premise isn’t as simple as it appears; too much of something that is deemed “good” often ends up turning “bad.” We see this too often with excessive wealth and stardom. The concept also…

7 Must-Ask Questions About Cloud Technology Providers

Human resource professionals are increasingly called upon as leaders and strategists who take companies into cloud (SaaS) HR technology and it’s no wonder: according to Nucleus Research, cloud applications deliver 1.7 higher return on investment than on-premise solutions. Further benefit of the cloud comes from technology leaders Sierra-Cedar in a report that says…

Study Shows How the “Gig” Economy Is Transforming Work Relationships

Last week, I introduced you to Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2015 report, which I suggested should be required reading for HR. This report, which really should have been titled, The Internet in 2015 is All About HR, shared important data points and analysis relating to basic HR functions and the impact the Internet…