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Better Decision Making With HR Dashboards and Data Visualisation

Posted by Mathew French

14 April 2020

HR Dashboards are an indispensable tool for HR professionals. They provide critical data visualisation for relevant metrics across the entire employee lifecycle, including hiring, retention, onboarding, performance, and more. Today's #HRTech makes it possible to purchase dashboard apps to integrate with your other business systems. Or if you have developers within your organisation you can build your own dashboards using excel or by developing your own system. But really, what you want is an HR system with customisable Dashboards built in to your HR software itself. In this HR Blog we look at the benefit of using dashboards to get a real-time overview of your data so that you can gain valuable business intelligence to run an agile and successful organisation using HR best practice.

In today’s technologically enabled, data-driven business environment, HR professionals, leadership, boards, managers and employees have to interface with (and understand) infinite amounts of data. The challenge arises when individuals, departments (or the entire business) can't access and assess all the relevant data points, or when the data exists in multiple siloed systems.

Crunching data manually is an incredibly laborious process, especially if your data has errors. That's why you need a solution or application that will enable you to automate your data analysis and visualisation processes. Today's HR technology provides functionality that enables you to evolve from using Excel spreadsheets, Powerpoint presentations or database reporting tools. The latest interactive HR dashboards deliver real-time, customisable data viz that covers all the metrics you need to know about across the entire employee lifecycle.

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Why Do You Need HR Dashboards

Human resources dashboards provide data visualisation functionality that aggregates all your HR data points and presents it in a meaningful way. As a visual representation of the key metrics across the entire employee lifecycle, HR dashboards digest and simplify massive amounts of information to present it in a way that can be sorted, analysed, and presented to management, leadership and the board. Dashboards also provide an effective way to communicate with employees and ensure that everyone understands what's happening in your organisation at any given point in time.

Dashboard Design - How To Present Your Most Important KPIs

When designed well, HR dashboards gives you a clear, fast, accurate picture of how your business is performing on your KPIs and other HR metrics. Your HR dashboard lets you know whether your organisation needs work or if it is running at peak performance.

Great HR dashboard design incorporates the following:

  • Alignment to best practices regarding visual presentation of information: Less is more, so forget about the window dressing. Dashboards in cars offer great design protocol examples. A good benchmark is to include no more than seven objects on any dashboard. 

  • A repository of current snapshots and historical trends: Using the metrics you have identified as being those most important to your business, align a few relevant KPIs against each metric and you will be able to quickly ascertain progress gained, what has worked in the past, and what will need to happen to achieve your goals in the future. 

  • Easy to understand: It is essential to gather and group data logically by displaying metrics and KPIs using a visualisation format that can be grasped in a glance.

  • Easy to customise and update: Because your organisation will always evolve, make sure you select a dashboard solution that integrates with your current systems / digital ecosystem and can be customised to meet the evolving needs of your business.

Find the Right HR Dashboard Software for Your Business

A good HR dashboard is an invaluable tool for doing business well. Companies need to be able to see, understand, share, and act on their workforce data. If your company has difficulty analysing performance, or identifying areas for improvement, consider using HR software that includes includes dashboards that you can customise to match the unique fingerprint of your business. That way you can uncover and illustrate the meaningful stories inside your data through data visualisation.

Of course, there's much more to HR dashboards than the brief outline above. Are you interested in implementing customisable dashboards in your business, but don't know where to start? We've created this free eGuide: Productive HR Reporting & HR Dashboard Design.

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Topics: HR Metrics, HR technology, HR blog, HR dashboards, Data visualisation

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