XpertHR data round-up, May 2011: HR benchmarking data, absence & hand-drawn charts

HREffectiveness2011.jpgHR data and analytics are of increasing importance to the HR profession in 2011. With this in mind, we present here the first in a series of XpertHR data round-ups, which will provide links to recent HR data releases from XpertHR and other sources, as well as links to news stories and blog posts of direct or indirect relevance to issues around using HR data.

If there are any HR-related data measures you would like to see covered in future XpertHR data round-ups, or if there are any surveys or HR data blog posts that you would like to see highlighted, please do get in touch. You can submit comments via the box below, or contact me directly via Twitter or LinkedIn.

Latest XpertHR benchmarking data: Maternity & paternity pay; Learning & development budgets; and managing workplace conflict

Subscribers to XpertHR Benchmarking can access and drill down into the complete benchmarking data from around 100 XpertHR benchmarking surveys.

The HR effectiveness chart at the top of this page comes from the benchmarking data from our latest survey of HR roles and responsibilities.

The most recent additions to XpertHR Benchmarking include the following:

  • Maternity Pay 2011 The 2011 XpertHR Benchmarking survey of maternity pay, based on responses from 263 organisations. Enhancements above the statutory level are offered by more than half of all employers.

  • Paternity Pay 2011 Most employers will not be offering additional paternity leave and pay that is more generous than the statutory entitlement.

  • Learning & Development Budgets 2011 The 2011 XpertHR benchmarking survey of learning and development budgets is based on responses from 112 organisations, with a combined workforce of 238,072 employees.

  • Workplace Conflict 2011 The 2011 XpertHR benchmarking survey of how employers manage workplace conflict and settle disputes via informal approaches (such as mediation), rather than via the formal discipline and grievance route. Based on responses from 190 organisations.

XpertHR surveys: Take part!

The XpertHR survey research programme is ongoing. Visit the XpertHR surveys page to take part in our current surveys, including research on employee engagement and pay awards.

Focus on absence data

Absence is a perennial issue and concern for HR professionals, and has only become more so as the impact of the recession and prolonged economic uncertainty has driven stress levels upward. XpertHR’s 2011 survey of absence rates and costs is released next month, which will provide extensive and invaluable absence benchmarking data for the 2010 calendar year.

In the meantime, here are links to the latest data on 2010 absence levels from other providers:

Data visualisation: The hand-drawn approach!

DougShawNewCommunicationChannels.jpgIs it time to get back to basics and crack out the crayons and felt-tips when it comes to visualising data?

In a lovely post entitled Illustrating Information, consultant Doug Shaw explains how he decided to try out creative, hand-drawn approaches to illustrating data when he “a bit bored of bar charts and graphs.”

The image to the left is entitled ‘New communication channels a work in progress.’ Many thanks to Doug for his kind permission in allowing me to reproduce this here.

If any XpertHR readers decide to follow Doug’s lead, please do share your efforts with us here!

Blog posts on HR data issues

A selection of recent blog posts on HR data issues from XpertHR’s blogs and other blogs:

  • What is the holy grail of HR analytics? What is the ideal use for HR analytics? This is the subject of a fascinating research study, State of HR Analytics, from the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) at Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR).
  • The UK HR profession is 75.8% female Data from the XpertHR Salary Surveys HR/Personnel Salary Survey for 2010/2011.
  • 5 HR Metric Pitfalls to Avoid From Cathy Missildine-Martin, SPHR’s Profitability Through Human Capital blog.
  • Metrics are a false idol A very interesting post and subsequent discussion from Neil Morrison’s Change-Effect blog.
  • What Has Human Resources Added to My Life? In a fascinating post on his The Search for Mutual Success, Ian Clive examines a number of factors that have caused him to become disillusioned with HR – including the increased focus on metrics.
  • Voluntary sector set for difficult 2011 on pay Charities are feeling the squeeze as government spending cuts hit grant and other income. But following two years of pay restraint for its staff, can the voluntary sector hold back on pay rises as settlements in the private sector begin to rise? From XpertHR’s Pay Intelligence blog.

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3 Responses to XpertHR data round-up, May 2011: HR benchmarking data, absence & hand-drawn charts

  1. Doug Shaw 18 May 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    Interesting stuff Michael – and thanks very much for the inclusion of my experimental scribblings! I thought you and your readers may be interested in this flickr account belonging to David McCandless.


    He is an interesting character with a real flair for data visualisation and has produced some fascinating work. Hope you like it.

    Cheers – Doug

  2. Michael Carty
    Michael Carty 18 May 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Thanks for the comment, Doug, and also for your kind permission in allowing me to share one of your bespoke, hand-illuminated data visualisations for our readers! Inspiring stuff, and I look forward to seeing future examples of your handiwork, as well as hearing more about how this approach resonates with your clients.

    The link to David’s flickr account is also very much appreciated. Some truly remarkable examples of data visualisation there! His graphic on just when is the best time to tweet – just to pick one example from many – is fascinating: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25541021@N00/3819908425/in/photostream

    If any other readers of post would like to share interesting approaches to data visualisation they have come across, or have an idea for visualising data that they’ve always wanted to see put into practice, please do feel free to have your say here by posting a comment!


  3. Doug Shaw 19 May 2011 at 9:51 am #

    Continuing the experiment…

    Earlier this week I hosted an event caleld service in a social world. I’ll be summarising the good conversation and singing on my blog later – but for now just wanted to share a first draft of some more data visualisation I’m playing with. Here you go:


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