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HR metrics and analytics (1)

HR metrics and analytics (1)

Well, well, well. We have a new government. Petrol queues have sprung up in certain areas. I hope this is not an indication of what to come. I am wishing the new government and people of Nigeria the very best.

I want to start looking at the things HRM should be tracking because I am determined to drag HRM into the strategic and be in the fore front and not just coming behind. For this to happen we have to use data and statistical analysis to measure and evaluate various aspects of human resources management. These metrics provide valuable insights into the effectiveness of HR programs and initiatives, enabling data-driven decision-making.

The employee turnover rate is a common HRM metric that measures the rate at which employees leave an organization. It illuminates the reasons behind employee departures, identifies trends, and makes it possible to take proactive measures to address retention issues. This data analysis enables HRM determine areas of improvement in talent acquisition, onboarding, career development, and employee engagement to mention a few things.

The time it takes to hire, measures the time taken to fill a vacant position, starting from the job opening to the candidate’s acceptance of the offer. This helps assess the efficiency of the recruitment processes and identifies bottlenecks that may cause delays in hiring. This analysis can lead to process improvements, reduced time-to-fill, and increased efficiency in attracting and acquiring top talent. This helps determine whether or not to engage in pipeline recruitment.

The training and development return on investment (ROI) metrics measures the impact of training initiatives on employee performance, skill development, and overall organizational outcomes. By tracking this, HRM can allocate resources to programs that yield the highest ROI and adjust or improve those that fall short of expectations.

Employee engagement metrics gauge the level of emotional commitment and discretionary effort employees are willing to put into their work. We have spoken at length about engagement at work. Metrics like employee satisfaction surveys, pulse surveys, and engagement scores help HR assess the overall job satisfaction, motivation, and loyalty of employees. This analysis can help the identification of areas of improvement, implement targeted interventions, and enhance employee experiences, ultimately boosting productivity and reducing turnover.

Metrics that track employee attendance and absence rates can identify patterns and trends. HRM can identify potential issues related to work-life balance, job satisfaction, health and well-being. HRM can then implement strategies to improve attendance, reduce absenteeism, and foster a healthier work environment.

Metrics related to diversity and inclusion help to track the representation and inclusion of various demographic groups within the workforce. These metrics can include workforce diversity percentages, representation in leadership positions, pay equity, and employee satisfaction across different tribal gender, physical capability groups for example. This matric can enable HRM identify areas of improvement, set goals, and implement strategies to foster a more inclusive and equitable work environment.

HRM financial analysis, such as tracking their expenses and costs per employee, can help them assess budget allocation, identify areas of inefficiency, and make informed decisions to optimize resource allocation.

HRM should leverage data and analytics to gain insights into various HRM functions, identify trends, diagnose challenges, and make data-driven decisions to improve organizational performance and enhance the employee experience.

We will now start with why tracking employee turnover is very important. Employee turnover is costly. It involves direct costs such as recruitment, onboarding, training, and potential overtime or temporary staffing. Also indirect costs associated with lost productivity, decreased morale, and knowledge drain when experienced employees leave. Monitoring this enables the improvement by implementing strategies to reduce turnover and save costs.

High turnover can indicate issues with employee satisfaction, engagement and/or development opportunities. Tracking this helps identify patterns and trends, allowing HRM to take proactive measures to retain top talent. Understanding the reasons behind turnover helps address any underlying problems, improve the employee experience, and implement initiatives to enhance retention.

Frequent turnover can disrupt workflow, affect team dynamics, and therefore result in reduced productivity. When employees leave, there is often a gap in knowledge and skills that takes time to fill. Monitoring turnover rates, helps with assessing the impact on productivity and take steps to minimize disruption, such as implementing effective knowledge transfer processes or succession planning.

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High turnover can negatively impact the perception of an organization’s culture and employer brand. A reputation for high turnover may make it more difficult to attract and retain top talent. By managing turnover rates, organizations can strive to create a positive work environment, improve employee satisfaction, and enhance their reputation as an employer of choice.

Tracking turnover rates can provide insights into succession planning and talent management strategies. It helps organizations identify critical roles that may be at risk due to turnover and plan for seamless transitions. With this analysis organizations can identify areas where they need to focus on talent development and ensure they have a pipeline of qualified internal candidates to fill key positions.

High turnover rates can be an indicator of underlying issues in the organization. By conducting exit interviews or surveys with departing employees, organizations can gain valuable feedback on areas for improvement. This feedback can help identify trends, address concerns, and improve employee engagement and satisfaction.

Overall, employee turnover rate is important because it provides valuable insights into the health and effectiveness of an organization’s talent management strategies. Remember, what you do not measure, you cannot manage.

Have a good weekend