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Understanding New Hires vs Total New Hires

In another post we discussed the difference between terminations and total terminations. There is similar concept on the hiring side with a twist. I'm going to cover that same topic on the hiring side by looking at new hires and total new hires, but I'm going to go a...

Understanding Terminations vs Total Terminations

In a prior post we talked about why retro-terms or retro-hires were used to communicate how head count was changing. It adds some complexity to understanding your workforce, but it's vital to understanding how numbers can change over time. When someone terminates it...

What are Retro Hires and Retro Terms?

Human resources is complicated. It's messy. Thus, keeping track of things is even messier. All of this messiness leads to esoteric concepts like retro-hires and retro-terms. Retro-hires and retro-terms capture a specific situation that rises because of the underlying...

What are the benefits of Position Management?

There are lots of ways to think about position management. Industries have their specialize techniques that apply to certain verticals, and may use specialized metrics to help them plan. Position management involves the metrics you use to analyze employee forecasting...

Head Count and the many ways to calculate it

No other metric is more fundamental to Human Resources (HR) than head count. It's used in so many other calculations that obtaining an accurate head count is vitally important for other more interesting analytical metrics. Head count is simple in it's idea which is...

Archive and Migrate Your HR Data in one Step

Archiving your human resources data is never your first thought when you have bought a new system. As a kid can you imagine playing with your old toys when you just got a branch new toy? It is a similar feeling for us adults when we get new HR systems. "Finally we're...

How to break up with your HR vendor

Breaking up is hard to do as they say, and that's true for when enterprises break-up too. Sure maybe lawyers don't drive-by slowly blaring their favorite break-up tune then speed off loudly when they catch a glimpse of their defendants. But make no mistake, B2B...

Data Archiving and GDPR compliance

Enterprise Tech had a great article on some technical aspects of GDPR compliance that are often forgotten. The interesting point here is that having integrated data archiving in place makes GDPR compliance easier to achieve when it comes to handling data migration,...

A Simpler Data Quality Solution

The trend in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and human capital management (HCM) has been to move much of the functions out of the single system.  Specialized products over the last 10 years have sprung up focusing only on portions of a HCM system.  Enterprises can...

Data Management 101

Mastering the basics have been a hallmark of many successful people.  No one made fundamentals more central to their success than Vince Lombardi.  The start of the 1961 season started with Lombardi focusing on skills like blocking and tackling...

Why Archive Historical Data, Why Now?

Many companies know they should ask the question, "what's our historical archiving strategy?".  However, too often it ends there being added to a long list of "to-do's" which never get done. The move to cloud providers and constant shuffle in HR and Payroll software...

Peril in HR Predictive Analytics

Having spent the past 15+ years in Human Resources technology,  I am generally excited about the things happening with SaaS, Mobile, and Analytics software and technology helping HR bring long awaited strategic value to organizations globally.  However, it is critical...

Back to school reading for HR Analytics

There are a few books we have run across that are excellent foundations in transforming HR into a strategic business function using Analytics. The HR Value Proposition by Dave Ulrich and Wayne Brockbank A milestone book for HR professionals that led the way to HR...

Human Resources Analytics Primer

This introduction to the terminology of Business Intelligence covers some of the basic concepts often discussed in Analytics software and reporting.  While the concepts can and do fill many books, current HR software typically does not contain the breadth of data...

The HR Data Warehouse-as-a-Strategy

The Next Generation HR Data Warehouse  Among the major forces impacting the HR and IT landscapes over the next 5-10 years there are several which require a renewed look at strategic HR master data management approaches and platforms:   1)  Process globalization...