Author: Constantin Măgdălina, Emerging Trends and Technologies Expert
Digitization has its proven advantages in increasing economic competitiveness. Implementation of digital solutions is a must for sustaining competitiveness. However, before capitalizing on digital solutions, it is necessary to know them for adoption, as relevant for each company. At this time, the common challenge of companies on labor shortages highlights the data analysis solution for employees.
The advance of digitization brings information to users fingertips. The flair or instinct is no longer the only measure of decision making. Due to data analysis, decisions are informed ones. Lack of labor led to an increase in the importance of employee retention rate. The existence of data on which top management and human resources departments can make predictive analysis models prove to be very important.
Technology helps decision-makers
Micro-segmentation of employees according to performance indicators, seniority, role, but also their correlation with various variables, changes the dynamics of promotion decisions, dismissals, incentives schemes, optimal staff use, organizational design.
Positioned at the intersection of human resources management, information technology, and statistics, employee data analysis is gaining momentum. If the integration of these three components will prove robust in company decision-making, and so will the success of data analysis on employees.
Agility without technology is not possible
McKinsey's "Digital America: A History of the Haves and Have-mores" study shows that companies with advanced digital capabilities for assets, operations and labor increase their revenue and market share faster than the competition. They increase their profit margin three times faster than the industry average and are often the most agile innovators.
There is much information about the employees in the company. It is often unstructured, fragmentarily stored and processed with various tools and rarely integrated. It is unproductive for decision-makers to muddle through this labyrinth of information and to be stuck in too much information. Therefore, employee data analysis skills allow the alignment and creation of relevant correlations between pieces of information.
The benefits of the people analytics
Specifically, employee data analysis helps: Identify people-relevant metrics and human resource activity, integrate data from all HR processes, link business and HR metrics.
It also helps to understand the reasons behind employees' attitudes, behaviors, performance, and results, make predictions based on past information and use data for strategic changes that will positively change the end-result.
According to McKinsey, companies using employee data analysis increase their recruitment efficiency by 80%, with a 25% productivity and a 50% attrition rate.
Processes tailored to strategy and technology
Rethinking business processes, re-evaluating hiring strategies and retaining talents and labor needs are challenges and opportunities for companies that adopt employee data analysis. The same is the careful consideration of the optimal number of people and those who can be redistributed elsewhere, or the identification of business functions where new talent may be needed.
Companies that fail to make real-time management of employees through the responsible and professional use of data will be vulnerable. Analysis of employee data is similar to the results of medical laboratory analysis, ie an organizational health indicator.
Instead of a conclusion
Finally, we make five recommendations for companies interested in implementing the people analytics:
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About Constantin Măgdălina
Constantin Măgdălina has 9 years of working experience, while he performed in multinationals both in Romania and abroad. Constantin has a master’s degree in Marketing and Business Communication at the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest. He is certified Lean Six Sigma and ITIL which provide him a good understanding of processes and transformations within organizations. The Chartered Institute of Marketing certification furthered on complemented his expertise and knowledge in business. In those over 4 years working activity in a Big4 company, he initiated and conducted studies which analyzed different aspects related to the business environment in Romania such as the economic growth predictions of companies in 2013-2016, knowledge management, the buying experience in the age of digital consumers, social media 2013-2015, the utilization of mobile devices in Romania. He is the author of numerous articles on topics related to innovation, the efficiency of business processes, social media, the consumers’ buying experience in the age of digital, trends and emergent technologies. He is invited as a speaker at numerous events and business conferences.