HR data round-up, December 2011: Christmas working and minimum office temperatures

SnowflakesWilsonBentleyThe festive spirit may be in short supply for public sector workers in 2011, XpertHR benchmarking research suggests.

As we approach the end of the year in which public spending cuts have really begun to bite, many public sector employers have cancelled or severely scaled back Christmas celebrations. Public sector organisations are also significantly more likely to be partially open for business on Christmas day itself than those in the private sector.

Key findings from the survey include the following:


XpertHR Benchmarking subscribers can drill down into the complete benchmarking data from the survey.

This month’s big HR benchmarking questions

The past month has seen the addition of a number of major HR benchmarking datasets to XpertHR Benchmarking, including the following: Recruiting senior managers and Employee engagement.

Here are just a few of the key HR benchmarking questions from these newly-added datasets (XpertHR Benchmarking subscription required):

Recruiting Senior Managers:


What is the minimum workplace temperature below which employees cannot be expected to work?

A small but vitally important piece of HR data, particularly at this time of year: What is the minimum workplace temperature below which employees cannot be expected to work? Click here for the answer.

Do data hold the key to strategic influence for HR?

Achieving real strategic influence is a perennial concern for many in the HR profession. Data could be the deciding factor in helping HR achieve strategic influence, according to a speech from Taleo CEO Mike Gregoire at the recent Taleo APAC 2011 event, Australia’s HR Daily reports. Gregoire said:

The board of directors don’t understand quality of hire; they don’t understand cost of hire. They really don’t want to pay attention to any regulatory issues; that’s your problem. They don’t care about office politics… but when you’re talking about cash flow; when you’re talking about gross margins; when you’re talking about market share, ears peak up, heads lean forward. All of the data you’re collecting has a direct effect on all of those metrics that are important. [...] Translating what you do into business language is something you’ve got to take the responsibility to do. And if you do the data and the analysis work, and you translate that into a language that people will understand, then you get to sit at the table.

Read the full report on the HR Daily site.

HR data blog post round-up: December 2011

Here’s our latest monthly pick of top blog posts on HR data issues from XpertHR’s blogs and other blogs:

  • Question for your HR chief: Are we using our ‘people data’ to create value? “CEOs are hunting for value anywhere they can find it. The upshot: if you and your head of HR haven’t recently discussed ideas for using data to generate a talent strategy that’s more closely linked to business results, it’s time to start.” This is according to a McKinsey Quarterly article.
  • Visualising data: When NOT to use pie charts It has recently been argued that data visualisation could represent a core competency for HR professionals in the future. However, just as important as the ability to visualise data is the ability to use methods of data visualisation that are appropriate to the story you wish to tell. This blog post from Junk Charts provides an excellent example of a pie chart that took a long to create, but which does not represent the best way to present the data at hand.
  • Moneyball comes to Human Resources: Data Science Matters Josh Bersin argues that data can make all the difference to HR, but the profession is not at present best equipped to use data to its fullest potential. Bersin says: “Unfortunately, Human Resources teams are still ill prepared to take advantage of all the new data and tools available.”
  • How employers use social media to screen applicants A fascinating infographic from the Undercover Recruiter blog.

About XpertHR’s HR data round-up

XpertHR’s round-up of HR data for December 2011 is the latest instalment in an ongoing monthly series, highlighting latest HR data releases from XpertHR and other sources, alongside links to news stories and blog posts of direct or indirect relevance to issues around using HR data.

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