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Data as an enabler – giving HR a seat at the table

Source | LinkedIn : By Adam Walker

Throughout my career in HR & Recruitment, I’ve worked client side as a Head of Internal Recruitment, in agency and for listed global RPO/MSP businesses across many great clients and sectors. Through these diverse roles and opportunities I’ve been fortunate to experience the evolution of our industry from a variety of vantage points.

The pace of change has been rapid to say the least, and whilst there will always be laggards, it’s great to see this trend continue and dare I say even accelerate. Not surprisingly, much of this change has not just come from within; there are increasingly very bright and dynamic individuals coming into Talent Acquisition and Human Resources circles, bringing their disruptive intellects and technologies with them.

Data is without doubt now improving the outcomes of strategic HR and Recruitment processes, and this has arguably been aided by those entering the industry from other sectors where it’s been used decades; Marketing is a simple and obvious example. Used wisely, data in Human Resources is moving our industry to the new norm of evidence-based decision-making, and away from decisions being made almost entirely subjectively.

Data-rich HR functions also now have the evidence they have so long desired to give themselves a seat at the executive table, including the ability to shape corporate strategy; there is a fine line between an effective Strategic  Workforce Planning capability and enterprise business planning and strategy. As such, the days of HR being an administrative function are numbered.

This new level of visibility for HR has started to impact upon the skill-sets and experiences required by CHRO’s and HRD’s with an increase in the required understanding of analytics & applied statistics creeping into many job descriptions.

Decisions at the C-level are always made with supporting data evidence. The new breed of HR & Recruitment leaders will need to embrace this to make the most of the opportunities afforded to them to instigate and drive organisational change.

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