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People Analytics – What it is and Why Your Organization Needs it

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Laura Belyea

Over the last few years, we have seen a huge focus on the importance of People Analytics to organizations. People Analytics is critical for an organization to be able to see people trends as well as improve people related decision making.

But surprisingly, new research from Bersin by Deloitte shows that only 2% of companies are actually performing people analytics effectively, while 69% are still working on it.

These days, “big data” is being used to understand every part of a business and adding analytical tools embedded into your work culture and decision making can do wonders for efficiency, effectiveness and provide results.

Let’s break it down…

What is People Analytics?

It brings together decision makers in organizations and helps give insights into workforce-related decisions and then use predictive analytics. These areas can be talent management, customer satisfaction, absenteeism, etc. As HR has large amounts of data, it often struggles to get analysed and provide insights. It’s very important that the HR Profession has an emphasis on data analytics skills going forward.


What will you need to get it done?

• It is not possible without data accuracy, security and consistency

• Robust people analytics teams should be used across your company

• Partnerships with business, IT, operations, etc. are key to get it done right. Make sure you are getting everyone involved and on board.


Who can it be used on?

• The HR function must have strong data-literacy skills and then approach to all aspects of your company/ organization


When is the time to start using it?

• Right now! Mature organizations are using multiple listening channels to gain a clear understanding of the current issues and start right away. Analytics is being applied to a wide range of business challenges.


Why use it/How to use it?

• Use it to advance your people analytics into maturity

• Successful analytics prioritize actionable information and not solely just collect and analyze

• Organizations can only reach their full potential in analytics maturity when data drives decision-making and is embedded in the culture

• Data-driven decisions are more ethical and based on facts


What areas will it benefit?

Just a couple of great examples to showcase what people analytics can do.

Workplace planning: An example commonly known is succession planning. Support the future goals and objectives of the organization and ensure you will have the human capital needed to be successful

Employee engagement: Enables decision-makers to know where employees stand and take that in account

Organisation design: Optimises the best practices, structures, roles, objectives, and capabilities to make your strategic goals successful


How Talivest can help you build an engaged workplace 

Talivest is a people analytics company that helps global organisations tap into rich networks of their past and future talent. We help organizations understand why employees are leaving, stay connected with them and help re-hire high performing alumni as boomerangs. This results in reduced recruitment costs, boosted productivity, improved brand culture and a rich talent pool for referrals and boomerangs.

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