How Moneyball and Human Resources Fit Together

You might not think of a Brad Pitt movie and human resources as fitting together, but stay with me…

Josh Bersin of Bersin and Associates makes the case that human resources professionals need to exploit data science to support their businesses better.  Just as analyzing the statistics of baseball helped Billy Beane’s Oakland A’s beat their better-financed competition, so too can HR departments win the battles to attract and keep top talent for their organization through data science.

According to Bersin, in surveying 711 HR departments, “attracting and selecting the right talent” rates highest among HR skills and capabilities, yet even though better data analysis can more successfully achieve this top goal, these HR departments rate “developing workforce analytics for management” and “measuring HR program effectiveness” at the bottom.  Basically, measurement, analytics, and assessing performance objectively is ranked as the least important skills for HR departments.

Bersin is advocating that HR departments can raise the bar for their effectiveness by embracing data science (I agree!…).  Bersin’s presentation is on SlideShare and can be found here…  Whether you are an HR professional or a data science weenie, you’ll likely find the slides interesting.

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I currently serve as Vice President of Decision Science at CenturyLink. I've previously served as a leader in the Advanced Risk & Compliance Analytics (ARCA) practice at PwC and as Director of Data Science & Analytics Engineering at Areté Associates. I've served the public as Chair of the Thousand Oaks, CA Planning Commission. I have been married to my wife Stephanie since 1993, and we have a wonderful daughter Monroe. Learn more about me »

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