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Visier Inc. Releases Research Report That Identifies Workforce Analytics Trends of 2012

Market survey indicates an acceptance of using workforce analytics in organizations to manage and report HR data, but reveals room for greater improvements in the solutions organizations are selecting to use, to manage and report their workforce analytics.

Visier Inc. released today a 2012 Survey Report of Employers: Workforce Analytics Practices, Preferences & Plans indicating that more than three-quarters of employers who participated in the survey are using workforce analytics to make informed decisions about their human capital and talent management and 65% of respondents felt that employee performance was a key indicator of success at their organization.

Some key findings include that 78% of participants reported currently using a system that enables them to manage and report workforce analytics, while 22% do not have such a system in place. Spreadsheets and single-source solutions built into existing applications remain prevalent, with ease-of-use the improvement, most likely to improve success in workforce analytics.

Clearly, the survey indicates that there is an acceptance of using workforce analytics in organizations to manage and report HR data. However, the survey also revealed that there is room for greater improvements in the solutions they are selecting to use, to manage and report their workforce analytics.

When asked what would most aid their success, 30% of participants said they would benefit from “easier-to-use” analytics tools, and 23% felt they would benefit from an improved ability to interpret and present workforce data.

“This survey highlights the still tremendous opportunity for customers to improve the effectiveness of their most expensive asset – their people. 90% of respondents claim to be using spreadsheets for some or most of their workforce analysis,” according to John Schwarz, Founder and CEO of Visier. “Spreadsheets are subject to poor quality data, loss of version control and inconsistent interpretation. Well-designed workforce analytics provide reliable and consistent answers to business questions; companies that adopt such solutions are proven to outperform those that don\’t. Our advice is to take the plunge – find out what is really happening with your people!”

In February of 2012, HRmarketer Services Group surveyed over 150 U.S.-based employers regarding their workforce analytics practices, preferences and future plans. The respondents that participated in the survey represented a wide variety of organizations that use workforce analytics to varying degrees. These organizations ranged in size from less than 1,000 employees to organizations with well over 10,000 employees. The majority of the participants worked in an HR role, although a small demographic represented senior management, and other departmental groups such as IT and Finance. The survey was conducted online on behalf of Visier Inc.

Visier Workforce Analytics is an end-to-end, cloud-based application designed for HR professionals to easily identify and improve the ROI of their organization\’s human capital. Companies can reduce costs, improve productivity, attract and retain top talent and implement a workforce strategy that supports the business strategy. Visier Workforce Analytics is a powerful, intuitive and interactive solution that uncovers deep insight into the core metrics of your workforce, by answering the most critical and fundamental questions facing HR professionals about their workforce, and more importantly, with predictive what-if analysis helps to predict and plan for their future needs.

This survey highlights that while a large number of organizations have tools in place, an investment in solutions that improve ease-of-use and the ability to share data will aid in the success of workforce analytics initiatives.

When integrated with business analytics, workforce analytics improves an organization’s human capital ROI and increases the value its workforce delivers to its overall performance.

Analytics is the critical key that allows organizations to be responsive and flexible and ready to meet the ever-increasing challenges in today’s marketplace — as well as tomorrow’s.

About Visier

Visier is the recognized global leader in people analytics and on-demand answers for people-powered business. Founded in 2010 by the pioneers of business intelligence, Visier focuses on what matters to business leaders: answering the right questions, even the ones a person might not know to ask. The right questions that shape business strategy, provide the impetus for taking action, and drive better business outcomes through workforce optimization.

Headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., with offices and team members worldwide, Visier has 15,000 customers in 75 countries around the world, including enterprises like Adobe, BASF, Bridgestone, Electronic Arts, McKesson, Merck KGaA, Uber, and more.

For more information, visit www.visier.com.