Big data is the new catchphrase in the workplace. It’s become the norm to measure absolutely everything, from the ideal plate size in the cafeteria to employees’ tone of voice on the phone. This week’s Five for Friday offers a roundup of perspectives on big data.
- What is Big Data? Research Roundup, Reading List. Journalist’s Resource: “Data can be text and numbers but can also include maps and images. An array of machines — from underwater sensors and pet collars to mobile phones and traffic signals — can capture reams of data waiting to be sliced, diced and analyzed. In recent years, technological advances have expanded the types of Big Data that can be harnessed and stored — and who has access to these data.”
- Is Big Data An HR Directive? SystematicHR: “Listen, I know that HR has some place in Big Data at some point in the future, but the reality is that the current use cases for Big Data are so few and far between, and that we have so many other data projects to work on that we should continue investing in the current report and analytics projects. Big Data will come back our way in a few years.”
- Big Data, Big Blunders: 5 Mistakes Companies Make – And How They Can Avoid Them. The Wall Street Journal: “Experts who specialize in computer-driven analysis of large streams of information say too many companies throw themselves into big-data projects, only to fall into common traps and end up with nothing to show for their efforts.”
- 3 Keys to Successful Big Data Application in HR. Recognize This with Derek Irvine: “You can change a company culture without big data, but you certainly cannot proactively manage it on an ongoing basis. But collecting the data isn’t enough. You have to know what data to collect in the first place, and then what questions to ask about the resulting information as you conduct deep analysis.”
- If Yahoo Doesn’t Kill Remote Working, then Big Data Will. Steve Boese’s HR Technology: “The next step in figuring out how people work, communicate, and interact in the workplace and with their colleagues involves wearing an always-on tracking device, (bathroom breaks optional), and harnessing all the data the device collects about who a worker talks to and for how long, how often they get up, when they hit the coffee room and vending machine, how long they stand waiting outside a conference room because the prior meeting ran long – all of this and more.”