Paul is an expert on Organisational Development; he addressed the ‘scary’ subject of Analytics with humour and zest and made the relatively ‘dry’ subject very engaging. It is said that 85% of HR Professionals are not comfortable with providing data insights into what might happen in the future. He discussed that we focus too much on our day to day activities and a lot of our decisions are made on that ‘gut feel’, but to be successful we need to predict the future and boost HR’s credibility to make a lasting impact.
We were joined by a varied group of HR professionals with different experiences and approaches to analytics in their working environment.
Key points of discussion included:
1. Define the issue – what question would you like to solve;
2. Result – what can’t be guaranteed result that will tell you that you are making progress?
3. Collect data – what do you need to gain a result?
4. Analyse Data – identify trends using your chosen method
5. Activities – Identify and action the priorities that will address the trends.
In summary, Paul provided a straightforward, no-nonsense approach to HR Analytics and some simple tools we can use with the statistical data we all have at our fingertips as HR Professionals to predict the future.