By Daniel Hunter

The need to collect and present historically financial data is preventing many businesses from collating meaningful information about their people, and hindering their ability to drive growth, speed up decision making and improve employee satisfaction.

The impact, according to Robert Bolton, partner in KPMG’s global HR Centre of Excellence, is “an organisational landscape dominated by more questions than answers, with HR teams and business leaders unable to identify the skills needed for long-term growth.”

Outlining his views in a seminar exploring why HR and financial data should share equal exposure in the Boardroom, Robert argues that the days of viewing ‘people data’ as useful, rather than essential, should be “consigned to history”. His comments come in the wake of research revealing that just 15 percent of c-suite executives believe that HR currently excels at providing meaningful analytics.*

Robert says: “Traditional financial data will always be an essential ingredient of transparent reporting, but we have finally reached the point where it is no longer enough to pay lip-service to the idea that HR analytics brings value. If organisations are to paint a full picture of their performance, shareholders and stakeholders must have access to information about the people and skills needed for survival today and success, tomorrow.

“The simple fact is that, if growth is to be stimulated, organisations need to re-skill, up-skill and reinvigorate their staff. Yet, only when HR teams capture and provide the Boardroom with metrics that clearly outline what action must be taken will it be possible to deliver HR programmes that build business results.”

As part of Bolton’s seminar presentation, he outlines a new model designed to help HR teams provide insights into people performance for their business leaders. Focusing on the links between employee capability and capacity and the need to match these with cost and compliance issues, the model puts employee engagement at the heart of a drive to improve organisational agility.

Robert concludes: “The connections between employee engagement and peak performance of an organisation should never be understated. However, too often, the temptation is to believe that an employees’ ‘commitment’ or ‘involvement’ is enough to improve productivity levels. Good HR teams recognise this is not the case, but they will only be able to prove this to the rest of the business by taking the time to collect the right data, analyse it and make the link between what staff do, how they do it and the bottom line.”

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