The benefits of big data in HR and payroll

17 May 2017

Big data and analytics have now entered numerous industries, including healthcare, financial services and retail. Despite many HR and payroll providers now using big data as part of their services, the industry has predominately been slow on the data uptake, in comparison to adoption within others. HR and payroll is largely an industry that relies on human intuition, rather than data and statistics, however, providers have started to see for themselves benefits of big data and analytics, and thus are beginning to implement these into their services.

So, what exactly are the benefits of big data and analytics in the HR and payroll industry? Below are the three key benefits, amongst many, that big data and analytics can bring to both employers and employees:

1. Improved employee journey

Employees are the central component of any company, therefore it’s important for both employees and employers to have the best clarity possible in terms of employee journey, to ensure that employees are happy, and thus more likely to remain a part of the organisation. To help both employees and employers track the employee journey, data can provide the necessary information to monitor employee data throughout their employment in that organisation. This data, for example, can reveal whether an employee is not engaged in certain aspects of a course or is has missed a training session, which can help employers to plan an employees’ development. Training can be tailored to each employee to help them to progress.

2. Better business decisions

Not only does data and analytics improve the employee journey in an organisation, it also ensures that employers can make informed business decisions with insight gained from statistics and predictive trends. For example, data and analytics can provide employers with business trends or forecasts that can aid decisions about payroll or recruitment in the organisation. Whereas HR is traditionally a discipline about empathy, HR and payroll professionals can now use people data to empower insights that can be vital for decision making.

3. Diversifying the workplace

Diversifying a workforce can provide a multitude of benefits from improved performance to an expansion of knowledge, and is of overall importance for any organisation. However, many organisations are unaware in terms of how to track the diversity of their workforce, particularly international organisations with a global reach. Big data and analytics can consequently provide employers with people data that can notify employers when they are below the necessary diversity quota, ensuring that organisations continue to diversify as they grow.
Although it seems the HR and payroll industry was slow on the big data and analytics uptake in comparison to other industries, many providers are now reaping the benefits of people data and analytics. To learn more about SD Worx’s own analytics tool, CUBES, click here.