Each month, XpertHR's monthly data round-up post includes a selection of links to a wide range of useful blog posts on matters relating to HR data...and to HR's use of data.My pick of HR data posts from January to March 2012
I thought it would be interesting to draw together links to all the HR data posts highlighted in this way so far in 2012. With no further ado then (and in no particularl order), here is my pick of HR data posts from January to March 2012:
- CIPD dominates professional qualifications for UK HR professionals
Four-fifths of UK HR professionals surveyed by XpertHR (80.2%) hold
individual CIPD membership, rising to 85.3% of those at HR Director
level. Two-fifths agree with the proposition that "CIPD qualifications
are vital to an individual wishing to enter the HR profession." A
further one in five strongly agrees.
- Are you an HR lifer?
Latest XpertHR benchmarking research into HR careers includes
fascinating analysis of just how many UK HR professionals might be
termed "HR lifers." It finds that just under one in five HR
professionals say they began their career in HR. But this figure rises
sharply at the most senior level of the profession: One in four HR
Directors says their first job was in HR.
- Maximising the effectiveness of HR data
In the first of a series of articles for personneltoday.com on using
data and metrics more effectively, Nick Kemsley of Henley Business
School looks at why HR professionals need to become more "tact-tegic" in
how they use data.
- Redundancies: Still happening A succinct but very insightful review of data on trends in redundancy rates from my colleague Ed Cronin.
- Can social media help HR deal with its data issues? Leading Australian HR blogger Ellison Bloomfield certainly thinks so. In a great post entitled Socialising Human Resources,
Ellison looks at the various benefits that social media can offer HR,
including issues around managing data. She says: "In HR a large amount
of time is spent on administration; ensuring that data is complete and
chasing people up to finish even the most simple of tasks, this means
that time that could be spent on other initiatives is wasted and the
function can become reactive instead proactive."
- Taking a statistical approach to managing human resources A very interesting book review from the LA Times.
- Is inflation falling too far and too fast in 2012?
Analysis of latest trends in UK inflation data, which have implications
for prospects for UK economic recovery, and for the ongoing income
squeeze affecting UK households.
- Changes made to ONS' Basket of Goods and Services
XpertHR's Jo Doonar reports on ONS' latest annual makeover for "the
basket of goods, which is used to calculate the UK's rate of inflation
[...] - with tablet computers and teenage fiction going in the basket,
while developing colour film has come out."
- Workforce Analytics: Seven Common Mistakes in Selecting HR Metrics A self-explanatory and highly-recommended piece from Lois Melbourne, writing on PeopleFluent.
- In which country do workers get the most days off?
The answer to this and a number of other key questions about time off
from work, public holidays, sick pay and more are answered in this excellent videographic from The Economist.
- Can social media really get you a job?
A very interesting post and infographic from the EconMatters website on
how "social media are increasingly becoming the new job fair for people
to network, get new job leads or to promote and showcase resumes" (at
least in the US).
- Why using internal social media could leave HR with data 'as fixed as
concrete.' Could using internal social media applications (or "work media")
render data inaccessible for HR and other departments? In a fascinating
post on the GigaOm blog, analyst and blogger Stowe Boyd looks at the
opportunities "work media" offer employers and
HR, and the risk that they could result in data becoming "as fixed as concrete."
- Just how much is your job costing you per year?
What does the simple act of turning up to your day job, and keeping
yourself fully fed and watered cost you per year? Or, alternatively, how
much is your job likely to cost you over the course of your life? This
is the subject of a fascinating infographic created by Guardian Jobs,
and shared by a number of bloggers over recent weeks, including Louise Triance's UK Recruiter Blog.
Among the sobering revelations here are the following: You are likely
to spend (on average) eight years, seven months, 17 days and two hours
working over the course of your entire life.
- Job searching with social media There's an abundance of
interesting data relating to how social media are transforming job
searching, in this infographic from the HRN Europe blog, looking at
research from Career Enlightenment. Here's just one tidbit: Four-fifths
of hiring managers and job recruiters say that they "review applicants'
- Employee engagement in focus. Employee engagement remains a topic
of perennial interest and concern for many HR professionals. Recent XpertHR research on employee engagement (XpertHR Benchmarking subscription required) suggested that awareness of the importance of
has never been higher. But many employers also felt that employee
engagement levels had come under serious pressure during 2011. Further
interesting analysis of this topic - and the critical impact that trust
in executives can have on employee engagement levels - can be found in
this interesting infographic on the importance of employee engagement
from US-based organisational psychologoy research institute the NBRI.
Find out more about the NBRI research here.
- Will social media lead to the demise of the office? Two-thirds of
college students and young professionals in the US believe an "office is
unnecessary for being productive" in this age of ever-escalating
connectedness via social media. This is one of the findings of research
from the Cisco Connected World Technology Report (CCWTR). An infographic
illustrating some of the key findings of this survey can be viewed
Perhaps more worryingly, one-third of respondents claimed that they
find the Internet to be more important than food, water and air! Let us
hope this latter finding is never put to the test...
Read the complete post at http://www.xperthr.co.uk/blogs/employment-intelligence/2012/04/hr-data-posts-april-2012.html
17 Apr 2012 8:00 AM
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