Regular readers will know this is one of my regular themes. HR, analytics and a bit of cricket.
Tom Davenport, over on his Harvard blog, picks up on how HR could learn from Basketball.
How do analytics spread in sports? It usually starts with a few individuals who have seen their application in other domains (Daryl Morey of the Rockets, for example, was a fan of Bill James, the baseball stats Geek of Geeks), and figures they will work in a new context. Some like-minded rich people bankroll the experimentation (in the Rockets’ case, owner Leslie Alexander), and the team starts to perform pretty well (Houston had a 22-game winning streak last year despite injuries to key players). New metrics get developed–both by teams and amateurs outside them. Then other teams catch on. The last time I checked about a year ago, roughly half of NBA teams had statisticians on staff.
I wonder how many HR department have statisticians on their staff?
As a boy I wasn’t good enough to be in the cricket team, so I ended up being the scorer. I enjoyed it, and since then I have had an interest in how to measure performance. My German friends think it very odd that I can derive enjoyment from following a text based cricket commentary for 5 days, but anyway. There is beauty in these numbers (unless you are an Australian cricket fan).
I’m continuing to focus on HR analytics in my research, I recently did a note on absence management. Absence costs UK organizations 3% of payroll, yet less than 50% of organizations measure or analyse it. Time to train up a few scorers I think.
photo from vapours cc flickr. thanks.