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Top 5 Trending HR analytics Articles of March 2018

Welcome to this Easter edition of our ‘Most Trending Articles’ of 2018! Here at Analytics in HR, we hope that you’re all out celebrating Easter with...

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Welcome to this Easter edition of our ‘Most Trending Articles’ of 2018! Here at Analytics in HR, we hope that you’re all out celebrating Easter with your family and friends. With these extra days off, 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: 15 Data fallacies to avoid

Starting off at our #5 spot, we have an insightful article written by Tom Bransby on common data fallacies. With the progress of HR Analytics, more and more people are using data to benefit the HR department and their company. However, there are numerous data fallacies that you should keep in mind when handling HR data.

Tom Bransby covers 15 fallacies in total, including:

  • Sampling Bias
  • Simpson’s Paradox
  • McNamara Fallacy
  • and much more

Tom Bransby even has a handy poster that you can print out to keep these fallacies in mind. You can download the poster here and read more about these data fallacies in his full article here.


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#4: Employee surveys are still one of the best ways to measure engagement

Once upon a time, surveys were a staple for every leader to solicit feedback and every company to assess engagement. But now, surveys are starting to look like diesel trucks collecting dust in the age of electric cars. However, even companies that are frontrunners in HR Analytics still have a use for HR surveys to measure engagement.

Written by Facebook People Analytics team, Scott Judd, Eric O’Rourke, and Adam Grant, this article highlights the internal research at Facebook that suggest that it would be a big mistake to abandon regular employee opinion surveys.

They state several reasons for this conclusion, and they argue that:

  • Surveys are still great predictors of behaviour
  • Surveys give employees the chance to feel heard
  • Surveys are a vehicle for changing behaviour

Read the rest of their insightful article here.

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#3 The workplace is killing people and nobody cares

Recently, Robert Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, stood in front of a 1000 other CEO’s and said: “You are the cause of the health crisis”. This phenomenon, where employees are unconsciously working themselves to death, is the subject of Jeffrey Pfeffer’s latest book, titled: “Dying for a Paycheck”. In this article, Dylan Walsh interviews Jeffrey, where they talk about the extensive ramifications of corporate management on their employees.

In their interview, Dylan and Jeffrey talk about whether this is a recent phenomenon, why this is normal and the pervasiveness of the issue.

If you would like to learn more, you can read the entire interview here.

#2 Don’t forget the “H” in HR: Ethics & People Analytics

Coming in at #2, we an excellent article written by David Green. I personally love articles that highlight ethics, especially when it concerns ethics relating to HR Analytics. With the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, ethical use of people’s data is on everyone’s mind.

In his article, David Green talks about a wide range of ethical issues regarding people analytics. He talks about legislation (such as the GDPR), new technologies, and employee trust. David Green doesn’t just talk about the problems facing us, however, but he also gives us insights into how we can solve these challenges.

We highly recommend reading his entire article, which can be found here.

#1: The red hot global economy: How should HR adapt?

At our #1 spot, we have an excellent article written by Josh Bersin about the economy and its impact on HR. With the unemployment rate being on a near record low, companies are struggling to find high-potentials to fill out the leadership pipeline. Employees are switching jobs rapidly, making retention and engagement one of the top priorities of CEOs around the world.

In his article, Josh Bersin talks about the impact this has on the HR department and how it should react accordingly. He mentions five HR strategies for a hot economy:

  1. Focus on employment brand.
  2. Keep salaries and benefits current.
  3. Get a team focused on understanding the employee journey and focus on the end to end employee experience.
  4. Re-engineer your L&D strategy.
  5. Keep the CEO and senior leadership informed.

Read the rest of his article here.


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