The ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet is delighted to partner with HR Analytics Ireland to support their meetups and growing their HR Analytics Community in Ireland.

The second HR Analytics Ireland meetup on Growing Your HR Analytics Process was held in UL on Tuesday, March 3rd.

Hosted by Dr. Sarah Kieran, UL; the speakers were:

  • Nigel Dias, Founder of HR Analytics Meetups Global Network and Managing Director of 3n Strategy
    The HR Analytics Process
  • Cahir O’Leary, Scrum Master at the Johnson & Johnson EMEA Development Centre
    Company Case Study: A Statistical Model for Employee Engagement
  • Ciara O’Keeffe, HR Business Partner and Michelle Cummins, HR Data Analyst – Boston Scientific Cork
    Company Case Study :  The HR / Analytics Partnership

At this meetup, it was learnt that analytics is not about number crunching; it is about making better decisions.

Nigel Dias, 3n Strategy spoke about where HR Analytics adds value and how to decide which areas to prioritise? He highlighted the importance of helping people to recognise when they are making a decision.  This is important because evidence can help you to make better decisions and HR Analytics is all about evidence-based management.

He also share that HR Analytics is not about number crunching; pretty charts; or data transformation but rather HR Analytics is about making better decisions.

“If we give the right decision-makers, the right evidence at the right time, in the right way, we increase the chance that they make a better decision” he added.

Nigel views his job as helping organisations make better decisions about their people.  Click below to listen to Nigel and Sarah discuss HR Analytics prior to the Meetup.

Cahir O’Leary from Johnson & Johnson EMEA Development Centre re-iterated that evidence is critical to inform decisions as so much unconscious bias goes into decision making.  This case study was not just an employee engagement survey but a site transformation as part of their Shingo journey where the HR Director committed that management would take feedback on board. Another interesting part of this J&J project was to increase data literacy in HR professionals so that their default became “show me the evidence”.

See Cahir’s presentation below


The final presentation from Ciara and Michelle covered many projects they have been working on such as Absenteeism, Right First Time and Time To Fill/Recruitment. They moved their Time To Fill metric from 71 days to 45 days by taking the data they had and putting in prescriptive rules – including amending service level agreements, moving from lagging metric to leading metric and creating a scorecard per manager and per role (using lessons learned).

See Ciara and Michelle’s presentation below


Sarah encouraged everyone to join the HR Analytics LinkedIn page and also pointed to HR Analytics Ireland website for updates.

She also encourage everyone to take the HR Analytics survey for the next meetup.

Please join the HR Analytics LinkedIn group and fill in the survey so we can grow this community of like-minded professionals and continue learning and knowledge sharing in the same vein as ICBE’s ethos “where knowledge is shared and multiplied”.