The HR data tapes: HR lifers; CIPD qualifications; workforce analytics, & more!

DATA CARTRIDGEEach 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 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’ online info.”
  • 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 employee engagement 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 here. 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…

Have I overlooked any great HR data-related blog posts here? If there are any HR data posts that you would like to highlight, I’d love to hear about them! You can submit your recommendations via the box below, or contact me directly via Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.

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