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Visier Releases Survey Report that Identifies Workforce Analytics and Planning Trends for 2013

Market survey shows that purpose-built solutions have the highest levels of satisfaction, and that there is a clear trend for increasing investment in workforce analytics

Visier, the innovation leader in workforce analytics, released today a 2013 Survey of Employers: "The State of Workforce Analytics and Planning: Practices, Preferences & Plans," indicating that workforce analytics and workforce planning remain critical topics in many organizations. There is a clearly recognized need to further invest in and improve the use of historical and predictive data to assist the HR function to move to a point where decisions and guidance on people, who represent the most critical asset in the organization, are made less based on intuition and more on statistically sound facts. Visier commissioned Fisher Vista (HRmarketer) to survey over 400 U.S.-based employers regarding their workforce analytics and planning practices, preferences and future plans. The 2013 Survey of Employers continues the exploration of how North American organizations are solving the challenges of delivering insights about the workforce, and which areas of the workforce domain they are seeking to measure and understand the most. In addition, this year's survey addresses the topic of workforce planning. With workforce analytics and planning being complementary processes in the pursuit of a more optimized workforce, the relationship of these two areas provides a helpful insight. Highlights from the 2013 Survey Results include:

  • More than 37% of companies do not have a system in place to manage and report metrics on their workforce.

  • Despite their inherent shortcomings and pitfalls, more than a third of respondents still use spreadsheets to manage and report workforce metrics.

  • Purpose-built workforce analytics solutions had 85% satisfaction rates, while spreadsheets, similar to the 2012 survey findings, had the highest reported levels of dissatisfaction with 59% reporting being dissatisfied.

  • 31% continue to say they would benefit from easier-to-use analytics tools; 31% felt they would benefit from an improved ability to interpret and present workforce data, as compared to 23% in 2012.

  • Over 52% of participants will increase their investment in workforce analytics within next 12 months, as compared to 36% in 2012.

There is clear evidence that when integrated with business analytics, workforce analytics improve an organization's human capital performance and increase its ROI. Analytics is the critical factor that allows organizations to make decisions that are responsive and ready to meet the ever-increasing challenges in the marketplace. "This is the second consecutive year the survey indicates that organizations are aware of the value of purpose-built solutions for workforce analytics as measured in ROI on human capital and in user satisfaction," according to John Schwarz, Founder and CEO of Visier. "Equally important, the survey shows that enterprises are planning to adopt a more sophisticated tool for workforce planning to assist with the response to insights discovered in the analysis process. For those organizations still trying to make do with spreadsheets, the results are particularly stark and the call to action clear - move to 'best-practice' analytic solutions."

About Visier

Visier’s purpose is to help people see the truth and create a better future—now. Visier was founded to focus on what matters to business people: answering the right questions, even the ones a person might not know to ask. Questions that shape business strategy, provide the impetus for taking action, and drive better business results. Visier delivers fast, clear people insight by using all the available people data—regardless of source. With best-practice expertise built-in, decision-makers can confidently take action. Thanks to our amazing customers, Visier is the market leader in Workforce Analytics with 5,000 customers in 75 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://www.visier.com. Media Contact: Sarah Grant Visier 514-436-5100 sarah(dot)grant(at)visier(dot)com

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.