2014 saw real excitement and optimism spread through the HR function as the value from data and analytics began to be realised (see our blog, a breakthrough for HR analytics). But what’s in store for 2015? We put together our top trends for HR analytics in 2015 for you to look out for and look forward to!
The rise of the HR analyst
Just a few years ago the terms HR and analyst may not have naturally seemed to fit. However, data and analytics is the new ‘sexy’ for HR. 2015 is our year for the HR analyst as the role grows into an integral part of HR and the business; gathering, analysing and feeding back insights to support business decisions.
As organisational change speeds up, the need to be on top of your data will be increasingly important. GET READY TO WRANGLE! Data Wrangling covers the steps of cleaning, converting and manipulating data into a usable, convenient format. 2015 will see new, intuitive connections between data and visualisations so you no longer need to handle data directly but can manipulate your data with ease through dragging and dropping visuals. Think Tom Cruise from Minority Report and you’re there!
Traditionally in HR, analytical reporting has been event driven. Transformation and change leads to a demand for reports snapshotting the organisation at one point in time. Operational analytics is one of the keys for HR in 2015. Organisational analytics will move towards a more operational process using technology such as apps, tasks and surveys to gamify the data collection process, allowing for ongoing, consistent reporting.
Social media has boomed in the last 5 years and it is the future, not just in our social lives, but our business lives as well. A big theme for 2015 will be to integrate social, sharable, and collaborative functionality into analytics to help organisations move away from static reporting and endless emailing back and forth. Imagine Pinterest but for analytics!
You may be sick of hearing about the cloud, but 2015 is where it will really take off. If 2014 saw organisations take their first steps towards moving to the cloud, 2015 will see a stampede. Integration is going to be a big buzzword in 2015 as organisations and HR look to connect multiple systems and information points from across the business for more comprehensive and in depth insights.
In conclusion, there is a lot for HR to continue to be excited about for 2015 surrounding HR analytics. Not only will HR analytics become more user friendly, interactive and fun to play with, but increasingly more value will be realised by HR and the business as technology progresses and HR professionals develop the skills to make the most of the analytical tools available. The emphasis is now on vendors to deliver usable, effective solutions, and HR to continue to embrace data and analytics to deliver lasting results.
In the coming weeks I will be blogging in depth about these trends and the impact they will have. In the meantime I would love to hear other trends in analytics you think HR needs to look out for in 2015. Please start the debate below!
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