Big Data, People Analytics, and the future of executive recruitment

Bringing in new staff to run and, hopefully, improve the performance of a business means that payroll – alongside commercial rent – is often the biggest expense a company faces; but a typical business knows comparatively little about the real motivational factors that drive their workforce once they have got them through the door.

What if smart use of data could help firms understand their employees better? How would that change the criteria on which they base their hiring choices?

Big Data is usually talked about in terms of what it can do for consumers and customer relationships, but what happens when you apply its principles to staffing?

What happens when a firm starts to look scientifically at information about its employees? What happens when it starts to apply People Analytics?

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