The use of people analytics can reduce turnover by determining who's most likely to leave and how the company's top talent succeeds at their job, writes Littal Shemer Haim. "While organizations must train HR professionals in new data science techniques, they must also cultivate a data-driven ethos throughout the company, making it routine for employees and managers to input relevant information," Haim writes.
More college and university departments are using video technology such as Skype to conduct first-round interviews of doctoral graduates for faculty jobs. Some associations, such as the Modern Language Association, are encouraging more video interviews, recognizing that travel expenses could be a disadvantage for some qualified candidates.
Nearly 30% of the top 50 colleges and universities in the US have created positions for innovation roles such as chief innovation officer, according to a report from Russell Reynolds Associates. Such roles often are senior leadership positions with responsibilities that are strategic in nature, researchers found.
When Dennis Miller took over a medical center in need of change, he soon learned that, without intentional listening, all the changes he wanted to make would only scare employees without getting their input. "The simple act of listening to employees across your organization will give you a ground-up view of everything that is happening in your organization," he writes.
Despite the growth in data technology, only 12% of college and university presidents in 2017 said evidence and institutional research are among their top five priorities, according to the American Council on Education's Center for Policy Research and Strategy. The report's authors say data and analytics have helped some institutions improve student outcomes and business models.
Innovations in HR technology will let workers access information when they need it, provide analytics so employers can make good staffing decisions and improve recruitment and workforce diversity, experts predict.
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