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Exceptional post on how to build a department from scratch. Can be read as an intro to People Analytics, an example of a maturity model of People Analytics or as a how-to on building capacity where before there was none. Must read folks.
Issue #267 published 21 Nov 2021
I’m a fan of these ‘100 days in’ reviews - we did a Brainfood Live on this for recruiters a couple months ago. Here is Serena Huang talking about her experience as a new Head of People Analytics. Worth reading, especially if you think you might be making a move yourself in near future. PS: also, decent intro to People Analytics
Issue #266 published 14 Nov 2021
EmailAnalytics is a product surfaces up how your employers are talking and collaborating with each other on Gmail / Google Workspaces. This report is a monthly aggregate across the industry, so useful to benchmark for your team. Does your team receive too many emails? Do they spend too much time on chat? I guess now you can find out…..
Issue #254 published 22 Aug 2021
“Stories of fear sell better than those of hope” 
Aleksandr Agapitov, CEO of Xsolla, responds to accusations of mass lay offs via algorithm, as detailed in last week’s brainfood. To his credit he makes a credible case of media narrative manipulation, whilst not refuting the accusation but rather presenting it in new light. It begs the question: what is problematic about this?
Issue #253 published 16 Aug 2021
Russian payment services company Xsolla has fired 150 employees at once. What caused controversy wasn’t the staff reduction itself but the CEO’s letter, in which he tried to explain the reason behind this decision…
The controversy stemmed from the allegation that the decision was made based on analysis of employees communication metadata….. fascinating story. H/T Mervyn Dinnen for the share in the fb group
Issue #252 published 8 Aug 2021
Systems thinking, and a lack of it, is probably the main reason behind why bad ideas end up being policy in organisations. Fantastic long read - be warned, this is 10 minutes of your time - on the application of systems thinking from the perspective of People Analytics.
Issue #249 published 18 Jul 2021
The Flemish Scrollers, 2021
Fun website which tracks how often Flemish politicians - whose open sessions are livestreamed by default - check their mobile phones. A lot has been said about ‘bossware’ and how uncomfortable we are at been tracked at work, but perhaps the issue is more who is doing the tracking….
Issue #248 published 11 Jul 2021
Tour de Force by brainfooder David Green, who excerpts from his new book, Excellence in People Analytics, a brief (yet comprehensive) history of people analytics. This post is a superb foundation for deeper investigation on vital component of today’s business operations.
Issue #243 published 6 Jun 2021
David Green has been making these collections posts a monthly ritual; pretty much gets you up to speed on the state of the people analytics - no better curator on the topic. Now also a LinkedIn newsletter, so you know what you got to do - subscribe to it.
Issue #238 published 2 May 2021
Brainfooder David Green publishes these incredible monthly circulars on People Analytics. It’s too much information but you can be sure there will several nuggets in each one which you will find educational. Focus on People Analytics and adjacent. Have a read, and follow David on LinkedIn
Issue #234 published 4 Apr 2021
The shift to remote is an inadvertent digitisation of previously analogue processes, and it will be prove to be a boon to the emerging discipline of People Analytics. When does it go too far though? Microsoft 365 productivity scoring dashboard was met with this outstanding tweet thread from Wolf Christie and likely triggered its hasty modification. People analytics or surveillance tech? Might well come down to who is looking at the dashboard.
Issue #220 published 27 Dec 2020
The shift to virtual working has produced a data boom that could revolutionise organisations – if they know what to do with it.
One of the under rated and under reported aspects of the shift to remote is the digitisation of businesses processes which were previously analogue. This means a data boom with risk and opportunity in equal measure. ‘Recruitment meta data’ is going to be a thing in 2021 folks. Have a read
Issue #219 published 20 Dec 2020
Nothing revelatory in this report from Cardiff University / Data Justice Lab, but it does a rigorous job of outlining where in the recruiting process that data is being collected, and how it is or might be used. Accessible reading on a phenomena accelerated by remote - the digitisation and therefore datafication of the workplace.
Issue #217 published 6 Dec 2020
At what point does people analytics segue into bossware for workplace surveillance? Some interesting features rolled out in Microsoft Office 365 which has come under criticism from the twitterati for precisely this issue. Wolfie Christie twitter thread for the technical breakdown, Gizmodo article for a consumer friendly critique.
Going against the grain: I’m kind of ok with this. What do you think?
Issue #216 published 29 Nov 2020
File this post under ‘didn’t know, afraid to ask’ - an excellent overview of the difference between two terms which are often conflated. Kind of a must read I think
Issue #209 published 11 Oct 2020
At what point does people analytics become employee surveillance? Remote working digitises the remaining analogue elements of employee collaboration, leading to greater data driven decision making - and at the very same type - contravention of worker privacy. This story is going to run and run folks.
Issue #205 published 13 Sep 2020
A call to action from brainfooder Toby Culshaw on the importance of Talent Intelligence for our strategic repositioning within the business. Message is clear: talent acquisition has to expand scope beyond talent acquisition, and being smart with data will be one way to do it.
Issue #202 published 23 Aug 2020
A thread about a Talent Acquisition Maturity Model in the fb group, got me to think about what other maturity models we can find that have been applied to different aspects of our work? This one, about People Analytics, is a pretty good example of why they might be valuable tool. Now is as good a time as any to conduct an assessment, so have at it here
Issue #195 published 5 Jul 2020
We’ve conflated data with truth. And this has dangerous implications for our ability to understand, explain, and improve the things we care about.
Essential read from Andrea Jones-Rooy, Professor of Data Science at NYU. Perfect antidote to online arguments where your interlocutor goes ‘where’s the data on that?’
Issue #158 published 23 Apr 2020
More stuff from the US military, and as you might expect, it is both impressive and worrisome in equal measure. A new AI-enabled pilot project aims to sense “micro changes” in the behaviour of people with top-secret clearances. If it works, it could be the future…
Issue #156 published 23 Apr 2020
J'accuse recruiters / HR people of pretending to know more about data than they really do. I’m guilty of this, so reading this respectful post by Cassie Kozyrkov was a godsend. You should read this if you don’t know the difference between analytics and statistics; it’s ultra urgent you read it if you think you do.
Issue #156 published 23 Apr 2020
This article has nothing whatsoever to do with Covid-19. But it is perhaps the single best essay I’ve read on people analytics - with the why & how dealt with in a way which stretches your understanding but accessible enough for most of us here.
Issue #182 published 23 Apr 2020
Accessible deconstruction of a critically important topic in HR by Panalyt’s Abdel-rahmen Korichi. This step-by-step guide is an ideal entry point for people wanting to take the next step with People Analytics - if you’re not familiar with it, take a read now. Also a fine example of how to write vendor side content ;-)
Issue #127 published 23 Apr 2020