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The term ‘Big Data’ has taken the business world by storm. With so many integrated systems and the presence of cloud-based technologies, we are able to generate, access and view data that was not possible before. So, what is HR doing with all this data? According to Bersin, the majority of HR organizations are not prepared for workforce analytics and measurement. Over 60% of HR organization self-identified themselves as “poor” or “behind” in workforce analytics. And, only 6% identified themselves as excellent. 

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Human resources is a balancing act. It’s a discipline that’s always teetering between hiring the best skill set and delivering opportunities within the current talent pool.

And now we’re faced with another imbalance – that of high unemployment rates yet companies not finding the talent with the right skill set. We’re faced with a talent gap. According to a recent report by the consulting firm Bersin & Associates, 51% of companies struggle to hire the right talent despite high unemployment.

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Are we prepared enough to face greater competition?

How will we foster the next generation of leaders in our company?

Do we have the right talent in place to support our strategic goals?

Are these the questions that keep you up at night? They are for the CEOs and senior management teams looking for growth opportunities in 2013.

As we all know, CEOs are tasked with steering the ship and building the bottom line. They can do this either through capturing more share in existing markets, or growth into new markets through new products, acquisitions or strategic alliances.

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At Aquire we develop technology that gives the boardroom the analytics necessary to make fact-based decisions. But, the information in ERP systems and data warehouses do not always tell the whole story. The oftentimes unheard or unspoken wisdom from  talent management and human resources professionals should influence the strategic direction of an organization. 

So, we dared you to speak up! For this month's Carnival of HR, we asked, "What would you tell your boardroom, if you could say anything?" And, you delivered! 

From the serious to hilarious, thought-leaders from across the industry provided posts that any executive or board member should read. 

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 ByLois Melbourne

What are the most critical topics in human capital management that should be on your radar? Topic #1: A More Agile HR.

Agile development has been a trending topic in the world of IT software development for several years, pushing the envelope with development teams to remove wasted time in the development cycle and optimize the ability to get solutions to market faster. These Agile organizations are defined by speed, deftness and flexibility.

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1. Instantly access an accurate view of your organizational chart and structure.

While a seemingly simple concept, aggregating and visualizing data from multiple HR and ERP systems is no easy task. HR data is everywhere, whether it is your SAP, Peoplesoft, or Oracle ERP system, your applicant tracking system or multiple excel spreadsheets. You need software that can visualize the organizational structure to increase the efficiencies of your team, assess reporting structures, provide headcount analysis, and give you real time workforce and HR reporting.

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Data is being produced everywhere we turn in the digital world. Just think about it for one minute. Well, in the one minute that just passed, Google received over 2 million searches, YouTube users uploaded 48 hours of video and Facebook users share over 684,000 pieces of content.

Human resources metrics is no different. In the midst of this data deluge, we rely on cost per hire, absentee rate and revenue per employee and other reporting metrics to make decisions and perform our jobs more effectively. Depending on your role within the organization, whether it is operational or strategic, you need to know the most important data report on and leverage for decision-making purposes.

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Maybe you've heard, but it is time for HR to deal with BIG DATA. Rather than add to the thousands of posts/articles/seminars on why that is needed, we want to give you the resources to make this daunting task much easier.

First off is our Guide to HR Metrics and Their Bottom-Line Impact. Below, we organized metrics according to the specific workforce planning initiatives and gave examples of areas where they impact the bottom-line. By parsing down data to the HR metrics and KPIs related to particular business issues, we can make the tasks associated with BIG DATA not so big.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013 ByLois Melbourne

Even though talent management is one of the hottest buzz terms in the HR industry right now, the practice of succession planning is really new to many HR professionals. With succession planning so often kept only in the executive suite and the top management of an organization, the average HR person doesn't get to practice the art of succession planning.

Now the trend is moving toward succession planning or replacement planning for the entire organization. This means we need to become familiar with the terms and tools available. One of the more common questions I get asked is "What is a 9-Box that I keep hearing about?" A 9-Box is a grid with which you plot employees based on their performance ranking and their potential for advancement (see graphic). It is a little like the magic quadrant that analysts use to illustrate different rankings for comparison.

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If you work in a marketing department surrounded by 20-something year old professionals, you may form a lot of assumptions about the staff of your company hailing from the 20’s generation.  If the department you support is filled with long term engineers reaching retirement, you may feel like the rest of the company outside of your department fits that profile better.  People jump to conclusions very quickly― it allows us to “get to results” quicker.  Often, demographics are averaged or assumed while further distorted or watered down by the ‘bubble’ we work within.

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