How to Implement HR Analytics

Hanna Wilson, HR Tech Outlook | Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Armed with enormous volumes of robust data, HR leaders and C-suite executives may now aspire to comprehend the impact of their human capital strategy on business success.

Fremont, CA: The increasing adoption of various HR technologies has provided firms with simple access to vital employee data for decision-making. HR analytics uses statistical modeling and quantitative science to improve business outcomes by analyzing personnel data. HR leaders can use analytics to gain meaningful insights into important people's problems in their organizations. Here are five ways to implement HR analytics:

Centralize all Employee Data

Consolidating different sources of employee data into a centralized location is the first step in your HR analytics journey. Employee information is frequently distributed across many HR systems, Excel spreadsheets, and paper records. It is inefficient and time-consuming to access data from disparate systems. It is critical to have a single source of truth to assure data accuracy and consistency (centralized data repository). You may now establish key performance indicators that will assist you in understanding how their performance relates to business results once you've aggregated all employee data.

Create an HR Dashboard

Data visualization is critical to the success of your analytics project. An HR dashboard is a one-stop-shop for all HR data, both internal and external. A graphical/visual representation of all of this data will allow you to monitor and benchmark it to gain insight into the HR metrics that define success. For example, key HR indicators such as headcount, cost per FTE, attrition rates, time-to-fill, and cost-to-hire may all be easily obtained in real-time.

Build Analytical Capabilities

Many HR departments are still learning about analytics and lack the capabilities to lead effective analytics adoption initiatives. As a result, it's critical to train your HR team's analytical skills in cooperation with the company's business intelligence team. In addition, you may generate a greater business context for your human capital decisions after your firm has developed a strong analytics skillset.

Apply HR analytics into Practice

Next is to identify a problem that needs to be solved in the business. It could be about increasing employee retention, identifying high-performing employees, or lowering the cost-per-hire. The idea is to connect data with measurable business outcomes. The business challenge can be prioritized using two simple criteria: business effect and effort required. Your analytics journey should begin with an impact vs. effort matrix. Begin with high-impact, low-effort suggestions.

Continuous Improvement

After you've started utilizing HR analytics to solve business problems, you'll need to keep an eye on it for inefficiencies, errors, and hazards and follow up on persistent issues and make structural changes to prevent them in the future.

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