There is a lot of hype around People Analytics and in any tide of hype, a lot of ‘meaningless’ boats get prominence while large ‘meaningful’ ones remain in the backdrop. This analogy aptly captures the current picture in the world of people analytics. This hype vs. truth spectrum ranges from advocacy (Bernard Marr) for splitting HR into two functions of people analytics and people administration to uberization of HR in the future. In between, there are lot of prophecies such as ‘People Analytics is a new fad marketed by consultants’ or ‘People Analytics is the way forward for making HR accountable like other business functions.’
Elsewhere David Green in a recent post wrote that the HR has suddenly discovered a gold pot in people analytics and every CHRO is running after it!
Here is my take on hype vs. truth in people analytics: