Talent analytics, also commonly referred to as people analytics or human-resources analytics, uses data to provide organizations with insight on employee performance, prospective hiring potential and more. No longer do staffing decisions have to be made on gut feelings alone—science is here to fact-check those instincts.
Named one of 2016’s top 10 talent-management trends by the HR Trend Institute, talent analytics is helping HR managers quantify the unquantifiable, including skills, intelligence and mindset, to make better hiring decisions. These are some ways your organization can put talent analytics to work:
Your predictions are only as good as your data. Start collecting and organizing data on the metrics that matter to your company. Consider measuring employee engagement or new-hire satisfaction with a survey. Random drawings for Swanky Pen and Notebook Sets, MopTopper stylus pens or shaggy screen cleaners can be used to encourage participation.
And be sure to put your data to work for your company. Consider assembling a cross-functional team to experiment with whatever data you have. Ask teams to identify common challenges or companywide problems and use data to come up with potential solutions. Reward team members for their hard work with a small token of thanks—perhaps a company-logo’d tablet sleeve or power bank.
The sky’s the limit with talent analytics. It goes beyond assumptions and provides fact-based evidence to guide your organization down the path to success.
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