Welcome to this summer edition of our ‘Most Trending Articles’ of 2018! Here at Analytics in HR, we hope that you’re out enjoying the weather with your family and friends. Whilst relaxing and enjoying the weather, now’s a good chance to catch up on your monthly HR Analytics reading. To help you along the way, here are the top 5 articles we enjoyed reading the most last month. Enjoy!
#5: Human-Centered A.I. is the Future of Talent Management
Starting off at our #5 spot, we have an insightful article written by Margaret Tomaszczuk on the potential of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) for Talent Management. A.I. is a topic that most of us are familiar with by now, but Margaret Tomaszczuk is able to bring a unique vision to this topic due to her experience with Talent Management at Cultivate.
She discusses the idea behind a “Human-Centered A.I.”. At a high level, the goals of human-centered A.I. are as follows:
- I. should aim to enhance human thought rather than replace it
- I. should encompass the more nuanced and contextual aspects of human intellect, aided by outside fields such as psychology and sociology
- The development of A.I. technology should be guided by a concern for its effect on humans
This is easier said than done, however. Margaret discusses several companies that already embrace this type of A.I. in their organization.
It’s a great article, and I highly recommend reading it if you have an interest in A.I! Read her article here.
#4: The Ten Types of Waste of People Analytics
In other departments and companies, waste is a prominent factor in determining the value of projects within their organization. HR Analytics, on the other hand, doesn’t discuss this topic in much detail. Mike West aims to change this with his latest article on the ten types of waste in people analytics.
In developing Lean at Toyota, Taichi Ohno identified seven types of waste in Toyota factories. Mike West lists these original seven in his article and adds three additional concepts of waste common to people analytics. They are:
- Uneven Production of Value
- Divided Talent
He goes into great detail in his article, with tons of great insights. I loved reading his article, and I’m sure you will too. You can read the rest of his insightful article here.
#3 Why People Analytics isn’t delivering on its promised value
Max Blumberg and Erik van Vulpen are no newcomer on this list but this is the first time they wrote an article together. Their article covers the important conversation on the real value of People Analytics, and why it is lagging behind its potential.
With the incredible case studies discussing the ROI of People Analytics, many companies decided to jump on board with People Analytics. Yet, the hype and excitement with which these companies embraced People Analytics quickly fades, once the majority of CHROs realize they’ll not come close to mirroring the results seen in these much-publicized case studies.
Max and Erik answer the (literal) million-dollar question: Why isn’t People Analytics delivering on its value?
If you’ve implemented People Analytics within your organization and are not seeing the ROI that you expected, or are about to implement People Analytics, this is definitely an article you need to read: How to get real value from People Analytics
#2: AI in HR: A Real Killer App
This month was a great month for A.I. enthusiasts, as there were a ton of great articles written on this subject. At our #2 spot, we have an excellent article written by Josh Bersin about the role of AI in HR and management. He discusses several fields which AI can transform and elevate to new heights. These include:
- Employee development and learning
- Management and leadership
- Fraud and compliance
- Employee engagement
- Employee self-service
Josh Bersin doesn’t just applaud A.I., however. As with all new things, A.I. also brings a host of risks to worry about. Josh Bersin discusses this, and more, in his article that you can read here.
#1 People analytics: driving business performance with people data
Coming in at #1, we have an incredible report written by the team at CIPD in association with Workday. They have recently done a global study on People Analytics and its effect on business performance through the use of a survey among 3,500 professionals worldwide.
The purpose of their study was to understand:
- How people analytics is influencing organization-level outcomes such as performance and culture
- How different professional groups, such as HR and finance, view the impact of people analytics
- How capable the HR function is with people analytics and people data
- How people analytics is being used to understand the business challenges and people risks that organizations are facing.
It is a great report, with a lot of fantastic insights and visuals to bring it all to life. I don’t want to spoil too much, so I highly recommend that you read the entire piece here.