You Need Help if You Can't Answer These People Analytics Questions Easily

How do you use the People Analytics Challenge with your teams?
Our human resources experts share the KPIs you need to know.

Brilliant talent decisions require superb data. But how do you know what decision power lies in your data? Test it for yourself! Our People Analytics Challenge can give you a sense for the state of your human resources data and your organization's ability to make great decisions.

Use these People Analytics KPI questions to build your HR Analytics reports.

Perhaps this story sounds familiar. You seek the answer to a seemingly simple question. For example, “What is the ratio of managerial to non-managerial employees?”  You ask the people who are paid to know.

Then you receive a frustrating answer: “Give us a week”.

So you wait. About a week later, they come back and say, “5.9.”

To which you reply, “How does that breakout by department?” or “by product?”

Then you get another frustrating answer: “I can get that for you tomorrow.”

It's not difficult to see how brilliant talent decisions, and often even run-of-the-mill human resources insights, take longer and are more elusive. Imagine if you asked a more complex question, such as, "What was the number 90 days ago?"

Too find out just how prepared your organization is to make brilliant talent decisions with the data you have, download our handy worksheet here.

People Data Cloud™, One Model’s leading people analytics platform, can transform how you make talent decisions by making the human resources and related enterprise data that you already have access. Unlocked and properly harnessed people analytics can be an incredibly valuable asset to your company.

Understanding the People Analytics Challenge

Where did we get the questions? Our very own Phil Schrader (One Model's Solution Architect), along with his peers across our business, spent decades in the human resources function applying data analysis to common HR decisions and solving talent challenges. Phil compiled the most common questions into this worksheet. He then used our proprietary People Data Cloud technology to produce the tables, charts, graphs, and reports to demonstrate how a true people analytics capability can help HR practitioners.

For sh*ts and giggles, we also timed how long it took Phil to arrive at these answers.

Here are some of those questions.

Question #1: What is our revenue by employee

Phil's time on this KPI: 5 minutes 24 seconds

Revenue Per Employee with Forecast and Hover Label in HR Analytics Reports

Building a straightforward report like this doesn't take much time, but One Model also has a lot of pre-built views that interpret your data after ingestion and create the data visualization for you. Let's see how quickly Phil can get information like this.

Are you ready to take the People’s Analytics Challenge? Download our whitepaper and put your team to the test. Follow the hashtag #peopleanalyticschallenge on LinkedIn and let us know if you can beat Phil!

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Question #38: What is ratio of managerial to non-managerial employees, and how does this vary by department?

Phil's time on this KPI: 2 minutes 43 seconds

38 - Ratio of Non Manager to Managers People Analytics KPI

It actually took Phil longer to take the screenshot I needed for this blog post than it did for him to pull the answer to this question.

Now, let's pick a question that may require a little debate on how the metrics are built. This question will require Phil to meet with key players in the company to ensure the customizable calculations are exactly what we need to get the best insight.


Question #25: What is the depth of our leadership pipeline within the company?

Phil's time on this KPI: 44 minutes 56 seconds

What is the depth of our leadership pipeline

Benchmarks and succession planning in people analytics are not always measured the same from company to company. To make our timing as realistic as possible, we put together a quick meeting with our VP of Strategy and mapped out the best methodology for the three charts. If you'd like to better understand Succession Planning and see how the build was done, watch the video on this post. After we aligned on the variables that we needed to include and how to piece them together, connecting the dots did not take much time, about 15 minutes.

Do you have a team of data scientists at your fingertips? All People Analytics Enterprise Solutions customers get a custom Blueprint and ongoing support to get the most out of their data.

As the final part of this challenge, I want you to ask your team this question, “Can we trust the data?” If your team is working tirelessly in spreadsheets or SQL, they can probably tell you exactly how those metrics were calculated. However, if you were using some other HR analytics reporting tools, you’re trusting a black box. Moving to One Model not only means you can get to the analysis you need in record time, but you also have a fully transparent platform that is adjustable to meet the specific requirements of your organization. 


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Regardless of where your organization is on the maturity scale, this “challenge” can help you determine the selection of the right people analytics key performance indicators and analyses for your business context. Arguably any strong people analytics function should be able to answer these KPI questions, but success is found in focusing on the questions that matter and will drive business outcomes.

Take the #PeoplesAnalyticsChallenge and let us know how fast you can pull that information in your organization.


Written By

Dennis is a husband, dad of three, and tinkerer of many things electronic and mechanical. He currently leads One Model's marketing team and is enthusiastic about the potential for data analytics to bring fulfillment and success to organizations and their great people.

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