On Wednesday 27th August, OrgVue hosted its very first super user group, kicking off our OrgVue Inspiration events series. The afternoon brought OrgVue super users together to see and hear what other organisations are achieving using OrgVue.
Creating a fit organisation
The afternoon began with a talk by Rupert Morrison, OrgVue MD on The Fit Organisation. Drawing on the idea of sporting fitness, he argued that organisations should reach beyond simply being ‘healthy’. Organisations should be designed to maximise similar qualities to those found in sport; agility, endurance, resilience, teamwork.
“OrgVue answers questions that people didn’t realise they wanted the answer to”
After Chris Barrett, OrgVue technical product director gave users a sneak preview of the features of OrgVue Release 2.16, Becky Statham, HR Data and Technology Consultant from Veran Performance gave insight into how she uses OrgVue for project work. She spoke about how to bring large amounts of data together, and visualise it to create a holistic understanding of an organisation. The group commented that OrgVue “answers questions that people didn’t realise they wanted the answer to” because for the first time they could give their teams clear insight into the organisation and business as a whole.
On one particular project, Becky found a remarkable revelation for an organisations’ sales training scheme. She discovered that although sales staff taking the training were performing at a much higher level, women were performing almost two times better with training, while men’s performance was only marginally improved with training. We’re not quite sure about the implications of this finding on gender stereotypes!!
Using OrgVue to identify top talent in your organisation
The group moved onto discussions around succession planning in OrgVue. Zoe Wingfield, Senior HR Operations Analyst from CA Technologies, talked about the journey of using OrgVue visualisations to begin understanding a workforce, and identifying key talent within the organisation. Rob Purbrick, HR Information Manager from Home Retail Group outlined a different approach by mapping out both people and posts and linking the two together. This creates the ability to understand a workforce both from a people and structural perspective, identifying where the risk is, and where the gaps are. The next step of the journey for Rob will be to link successors to a post to identify top talent within the organisation and succession plan for the future.
The day finished with a discussion around workforce planning and the concept of the supply and demand of people and positions. John Candeto, OrgVue consultant outlined the four steps to implementing an operational workforce plan; Building a model, creating a plan (budget), managing the data (updating), track performance to plan, the end result being the ability to create dashboards and visuals to understand how your workforce evolves over time and how that compares to your plan, and workforce forecasts.
A more strategic approach to workforce planning was then put forward by some of the consultants in the room, suggesting another use of OrgVue to analyse workforce segmentation based on organisational drivers.
A thoroughly enjoyable day was finished with a networking session over wine and chocolates in Borough Market, with users able to test their tastebud’s analytical skills!! We look forward to the next group and cannot wait to see how these OrgVue projects progress over the next few months.
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