Here are my most recent posts:

According to Josh Bersin, businesses spend USD 1 bn on employee engagement. We’ve been measuring engagement for the last 15 years. During this time engagement figures have been flat or declining. Why so little return on our investment?   I’m not going to question the concept of employee engagement. Yes, …

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It’s 2016. You’ve made plans for your HR department and for the first time the words ‘People Analytics’ appear on the org chart, probably, if truth be known for slightly aspirational reasons. If we use a typical model we’d be thinking Strategy – People – Processes – Technology. As a …

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Deloitte recently published their annual Human Capital Trends publication. In it, they gave their article on people analytics the subtitle ‘stuck in neutral’. It’s now over 5 years since I gave up big corporate HR life to build a startup in the people analytics. I had seen how data and …

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HR Tech Europe is to me defined by conversations. Sure, the presentations in October were good, often excellent but as always the really good bits were the conversations outside the formal meetings.   This year I conducted a few conversations in front of the camera. Ray Wang had given an …

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Saberr at work

Saberr is a young Workforce Science start-up based in the UK. As well as being an exciting company in their own right, to me they also demonstrate common elements with other similar firms that are making this sector so exciting. HR, and HR analytics are starting to attract talent from outside …

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Career Innovation (Ci) is an organisation that I’ve known for a long time, first as one of their clients and latterly as a collaborator. They’re a great example of how data is starting to be used by several innovative  firms in our space. Our interactions on websites and systems creates a …

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“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes HR analytics means a lot of things to a lot of people. To many it seems rocket science, some unfathomable black box with quite magical …

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HR Tech Europe 2012 proved to be one of my favourite conferences that I have attended for some time, not least because it was timed to let me go to see Ajax win a Champions League game the night before. With over 800 people at the conference from across Europe …

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Employee Engagement has for over a decade been a figurehead for HR. Promoted initially by survey firms – most notably Gallup – it’s developed into a concept with close to universal acceptance, though with some critics. To understand the current and future of Employee Engagement I spoke to Peter Wilde, …

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Better decision-making depends on us reducing uncertainty about what is going to happen, not what has happened. Of course, the past is often a good predictor of the future but a way of understanding how the future is likely to develop is key. One approach that I’ve found particularly appealing …

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When pressed to nominate one book which the HR analyst should have on their shelves I tend to suggest Douglas Hubbard’s ‘How to measure anything’. In it Hubbard give a clear and systematic approach to quantifying the so-called intangibles which most HR managers wrestle with, and many avoid or dismiss …

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Look at most HR departments analyst teams and you’ll probably see extensive use of Excel to handle a wide variety of tasks from analysis, basic statistics and visualisation. Excel can certainly handle these tasks, but can be quite hard work and very hard to maintain quality. Some analysts use other …

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