A Conversation about Using Data to Drive People Success

A Conversation about Using Data to Drive People Success

Written by Alan Walker

Hi! I'm the Editor in Chief of #ChatTalent. That sounds grand, but really my job is just to make sure you get good content - be that blogs, webinars, live broadcasts, or anything else to do with talent. If that isn't the case, let me know.

Good morning, afternoon, evening, or whatever works for you – thank you for joining us for another “Not Another %$#@! Webinar” event about Using Data to Drive People Success.

I started the event with some housekeeping, how the platform works and an overview of what to expect—but also reiterating the purpose of this event was for us all to have a conversation about Data, People Analytics and Talent Intelligence. 

And I really do mean conversation. But not just between myself and the panellists, but also with you, the audience. Making sure you’re involved as much as possible.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to say a big massive THANK YOU to Stratigens and, in particular, Alison Ettridge for their support in sponsoring this event. Their knowledge of data, analytics, and insight is incredible, so if anybody is looking for a Talent Intelligence tool to help you with your People Strategy. They are the bee’s knees. (Check them out here).

The event started from the main stage, where we got to know our contributors – Leila Mortet from Philips, Dan Craddock from DEFRA and Hallie Bregman from PTC.

The best way to do this, I decided, was to ask who they were and what attracted them to get involved.  Then, before moving on to any audience questions, I was really keen to find out from our panellists and the audience why is using data to drive people decisions necessary? 

“Each decision that you make without data is completely intoxicated by subjective bias. So when it comes to decision making for your people, using data within HR should definitely be a goal”

– Leila Mortet.

The variety of panellists that we have on-screen shows how data can be used in many different ways. But what are the areas that we could be applying insight from our collected data? And do we go about using data to provide strategy? 

“One of the spaces that immediately comes to mind is DE&I. We’re definitely using data to understand and evaluate to see where there are gaps whether that be in hiring, performance management and certainly in employee sentiment.”

– Hallie Bregman.

Noticing we had received our first question from the chat, and it was a great question. I asked:

– Behaviour economics shows that we often ignore data even when provided to us. What are your thoughts –

“I wouldn’t really say we ignore data. I think we don’t use it enough. And we don’t enforce the behaviour of using data. We should be challenging our decision making. Asking – upon what data did we base that? But systematically that doesn’t happen, and that’s where the problem is.”

– Leila Mortet

Even though many companies are slowly becoming more data-focused, many are still not using it effectively. So my final question to our panellist was – for someone who was just starting to look into the benefits of data analytics, what tips would you share with them? 

“Start simple. There is nothing worse than overcomplicating data and statistics. I know there are so many buzzwords out there. But you don’t need that complexity to start. Use the skills you have today. And then build from there”

– Hallie Bregman.

“100% simplicity is key. But it is also understanding. Why do you need this information? How will it benefit you? And what will you miss if you don’t have it in place”

– Leila Mortet.

“Stop and think. Review the data you are collecting and do some analysis. Is this the information you were after? Do you need to collect more? Stop, think and take it slow.”

– Dan Craddock.

Throughout the entire event, all I wanted to do was stand up and clap. I cannot begin to express how much I enjoyed this event. It was brilliant. And the amount of insights we covered in just 1.5 hours was incredible. 

Whether you were there live, or you’re just watching the recordings now – I really, REALLY hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I really do feel this event was packed full of information and real-world examples.

I also want to say again a big massive THANK YOU to Stratigens for their support in sponsoring this event. To our #Friendors, Candidate.ID, Pinpoint, myInterview, Zinc, you are all amazing! 

And an equally massive thank you to everyone who managed to join us on the day. Thank you for supporting us as we continue to experiment and test new ways.

We’ll be back in September, bigger and better! See you there!

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