HR: Hold on to those metrics

Other groups might take them over, warns researcher
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/03/2012

The importance of HR metrics has been growing dramatically as HR professionals realize the value and potential of looking more closely at the numbers behind people initiatives.

But is HR stepping up and taking ownership of metrics? If not, it’s quite possible other groups such as finance might take over, leaving HR to fall back to its administrative role, according to Ian Cook, director of research and learning at the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association (BC HRMA) in Vancouver.

“The most likely scenario (is) if an organization has built a business intelligence group and invariably it’s replacing a strategy group or becoming part of a strategy group where that analytical capability is housed in one team, the HR data will just get rolled over to that team and they’ll process it.”