A Flashlight, Not a Hammer: How to Leverage HR Data

HR professionals have a complicated relationship with data. In an earlier article, I referenced my own experiences with HR data dating back 15 years. At that time, data was the 'it' topic in HR. The thought leaders of the day...

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A More Practical Approach to HR Analytics

HR analytics invokes images of big data sets and smart data scientists. There’s a place for that, but it’s difficult to do in any but the most sophisticated of firms. Others narrow their view of analytics to better...

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How to Get Clean Data for Your HR Reporting

David Creelman All the talk about people analytics has led to a resurgence of interest in better HR reporting. Unfortunately, most of the advice on how to do reporting reads like this: “Metrics should be based on accurate data, they...

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Escape from Big Data

By David Creelman You probably feel under some pressure to do something with “Big Data”. What you should actually do is probably far less clear. Let me help. What Big Data does HR have now? Not much, not in the sense...

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An HR Transformation to be Proud of

By David Creelman If you studied science or engineering (back in the day), you probably still find the standard practice of HR a bit odd. As a profession we are quick to adopt faddish practices because they are new, or...

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Will Analytics End Your HR Career?

By David Creelman If you loved math then there is a good chance you would have ended up in finance or engineering. Instead your skill probably lay in understanding people and organizations, that’s why you landed in HR. At this...

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‘Numbers People’ and ‘People People’

By David Creelman There is a huge movement towards HR analytics and that is a good thing. However there is a risk that this will create a culture war within HR with the “numbers people” squaring off against the “people...

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The Unbearable Vagueness of HR Analytics

By David Creelman HR is undergoing something of a revolution with the influx of analytics people. It’s true that compensation has always been steeped in numbers, but in general HR has been staffed by “people” people; and in some cases...

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