Top People Analytics Articles for Fall 2018: Seeing the Big Picture

For many people analytics professionals, fall is a time to hit the accelerator. Now is when business leaders need more numbers — and fast.

But information does not equal knowledge, and in the rush to gather data, it can be easy to forget the big questions: Why is this critical for the business? Are key stakeholders prepared to receive and act on it? Where does it fit into the bigger story?

For this Fall 2018 collection of top people analytics articles, we look at how to put people data into the right context from an ethics, business, and organizational culture perspective. Doing so helps businesses reach the ultimate goal: enabling timely people decisions that have a positive impact.

The Happy Tracked Employee

“Just because you can measure something doesn’t mean you should,” writes the president and CEO of Humanyze, Ben Waber, in this HBR post. Granular information gathered about employees from sensors and the IoT can provide organizations with many benefits — but may lead to risky outcomes if not handled correctly. Here, Waber shares his playbook for the ethical, smart use of employee data.

5 Misconceptions About People Analytics

In this HR Dive piece, the co-founder of a community for people analytics professionals offers some solid advice for those who are just starting on their analytics journey and more advanced users who may need a few reminders. Misconception 3 (which he says is technically a partial misconception) is particularly good to keep in mind when ensuring the data adds value.

Why Data Culture Matters

A data culture can’t be imposed on an organization, nor can it be imported. In this McKinsey article, the firm’s researchers share advice from executives of leading companies who have grown strong data cultures that amplify the power of analytics. This is a must-read for leaders who are looking to prepare key stakeholders for a major transformation in the way the organization gathers and acts on its people data.

In Analytics, the Questions Come First

When building a people analytics capability, it can be easy to forget buy-in. “Too often have I seen projects being kicked off without an explicit mandate from the CHRO, let alone the CEO,” writes organizational strategy expert Giovanni Everduin in this post. Here, he demonstrates why getting senior level and HR community support is key to analytics success.

Make HR Analytics a Priority, But See the Bigger Picture

People analytics generates positive business outcomes, but HR leaders can fixate on their own data at the expense of understanding the big picture, argues business management expert John Boudreau in this guest Clarity blog post. By considering evidence-based findings from external sources, he writes, HR leaders can more efficiently hone in on promising ideas and better communicate their data to leaders.

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Josie Sutcliffe |
With a background in Product Management, Business Development, and Marketing for technology start ups, Josie understands that market requirements – in the form of business problems – should drive technology. Experienced at market development, Josie has been an active thought leader for most of her career. When Josie’s not busy handling marketing for Visier, she enjoys travelling with her family, with a particular love for Italian beaches -- walk up espresso bars on the sand, who can beat that?