Lessons Learned from 100 People Analytics Deployments

Lessons Learned from 100 People Analytics Deployments

Today, we hear from Jon Burton who has performed over 100 People Analytics Deployments to learn from his experience rather than having to learn the hard way ourselves!

What separates basic from advanced analytics usage? How can an organization go from using analytics as a glorified version of reporting to an indispensable asset that drives an organization towards its goal? In this episode, Jon Burton and I discuss lessons learned from seeing and helping 100 implementations of people analytics.

Jon Burton is the Senior People Analytics Consultant at Visier Inc. With 20 years of experience under his belt partnering with senior leadership to convert their needs into actionable plans, he helps organizations plan and execute their people analytics deployment, develop meaningful visualizations, and brainstorm on ideas to maximize the value of their people analytics platform.

June 3, 2021

[00:01 – 03:30] Opening Segment

  • I welcome Jon Burton and he tells us about his background
  • Partnering with organizations on people analytics journeys
    • 7 years at Visier
    • 13 years at PwC Saratoga and Saratoga Institute
  • Jon tells the stories of how he almost died… twice!


[03:30 – 13:11] Lesson Learned from Helping Over 100 Implementations of People Analytics  

  • With the rise of organizations aiming to be data-driven, many make the mistake of  acquiring data but not knowing what to do with it
    • Not knowing what problem you are trying to solve
  • How does HR deal with differences throughout the organization
    • Creating standards and consistent definitions
    • Create a data-governance model


[13:12 – 23:19] Characteristics and Practices Jon Has Observed From His Clients  Around Data Analytics 

  • The differences between basic, average, and advanced analytics usage
  • Basic
    • Sharing data to share data; No problem to solve or key business
    • No enforced data standards
    • Roll out: training but no change or accountability for usage
  • Average
    • Has a key HR or business problem they can solve
    •  Rolls out in waves
    • Rolled out with limited guidance
  • Advanced
    • Purposed to drive action or solve workforce issues by quickly informing business leaders
    • HR Business Partners are given support and guidance
    • Data is being used for the business to drive towards a goal
  • Have a Champion Network: The importance of executive sponsors partnering with HR
  • Keys that make an organization advanced around data analytics
  • How HR can be an indispensable asset to businesses


[23:34 – 28:04] How Can Users Mature In Their Usage of Analytics? 

  • Where to start?
    • Start with the basics
    • Focus on progress, not perfection
    • More is not always more
    • Standardize and make things more consistent across the board
  • Where can someone begin to build the analytics capabilities in a company?


[28:19 – 30:36] Closing Segment

  • Summary of our conversation and final points
  • Final words from Jon and I

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