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Welcome to issue #9 of The Digital HR Leader...

The rise of people analytics
Sometimes the hype is justified. It didn’t prove the case with The Phantom Menace(even less exciting than watching paint dry) or indeed the self-proclaimed ‘Fifth Generation of Rock’n’Roll’ that was Sigue Sigue Sputnik(although they still sound good to me). However, in the case of people analytics, we are looking at the equivalent of a potential Oscar or Grammy winner.
 
Our recent 
HR Skills of the Futurestudy (download here) found that people analytics was the most in-demand skill HR practitioners want to learn in 2019.  As I highlighted in The Rise of People Analytics, adoption of people analytics continues to rise as does the number of professionals working in the space.
 
The growth is set to continue too. Last week 
the Wall Street Journal cited research from Bain & Co(see FIG 1) shows that the supply of advanced analytics talent is set to rise across the world in the two-year period to 2020.

FIG 1: Talent surge – Current and projected advanced analytics talent in four regions (Source: Wall Street Journal, Bain & Co).
This is good news for many people analytics leaders I know who are currently scaling or plan to scale significantly the size of their teams in the coming twelve months. One such leader is Guru Sethupathy, who in his two years at the helm has scaled the people analytics team at Capital One from 25 to 75 people. Guru shared his key learnings about this journey – including the benefits of creating a Centre of Excellencewith me and our article is included as part of this week’s newsletter.
 
Other articles I’ve selected this week include Michael Carty’s key takeaways from the recent PAFOW conference in London, Peter Cappelli’s cautionary advice about over-relying on algorithms when it comes to hiring, and an extract from the recently published 2019 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report on the shift from organisational hierarchies to teams.
 

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Thank You
A special thank you this week to a selection of kind people who shared last week’s newsletter and/or my article announcing the Digital HR Leader Podcast: 
Dawn Klinghoffer, Dave Ulrich, Mark Berry, Jérôme Ternynck, Peter Gold, Ira Wolfe, Nadia Hachki, Sharyn Morton, Sam Baker, Julian Luque-Cala, John Chemers, Kevin Turner, Dorothy Dalton, Nicole Scoble-Williams and Jeff Wellstead.


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New content from myHRfuture!
In this bitesized learning video, taken from our online training course, How to Use Statistics in your People Analytics projects, Ben Teusch takes us through the purpose of People Analytics and the key questions that can be leveraged at the beginning of any People Analytics project to maximise its success and ensure you are answering the right questions. 

Watch more | 2 min watch
In my latest Expert Interview, I speak to Guru Sethupathy, Head of People Analytics at Capital One, about his journey transforming and growing the People Analytics function. Guru shares some of the key learnings they have experienced over the past two years along with how and why you should you build a centre of excellence for People Analytics. 

Read more | 6 min read
Content we're loving, this week...
Nice round-up of some of the key takeaways from PAFOW London by the ever-reliable Michael Carty with insights from the likes of Nicky Clement (Unilever), Brad Hubbard (Bristol Myers Squibb), Steve Scott (Lloyds Banking Group), Matthew Mee and my PAFOW partner-in-crime Al Adamsen.
 
There are two terrific articles on recruiting from Peter Cappelli in the latest Harvard Business Review. This one focuses on Cappelli’s view that whilst algorithms in hiring offer immense promise, we are in danger of overlooking the many inherent risks.

Read more | 6 min read
 
All 112 pages of the recently published 2019 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report are an essential read, but I particularly enjoyed this essay examining the shift from hierarchies to cross-functional teams. Includes a section on how ONA can be used to examine team behaviour and effectiveness.

Read more | 6 min read
 

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