Creelman, CEO of Creelman Research, offered his tips at a recent BLR® webinar sponsored by Halogen Software. He was joined by Halogen’s Director of Marketing Communications Connie Costigan.
The Best Way to Start
For those new to human capital reporting, Creelman recommends the following:
- Do something internal now, so you are ready to do something external when asked.
- Do something relevant, concise, and easy for stakeholders to understand.
- Pick three strategic business initiatives, and then, tell the story of how human capital investments support those initiatives.
- Make sure you have some metrics to support your story.
- Frame the “so what?” in terms of risk management.
- Later on, add in any other metrics stakeholders expect.
- Issue: Rapid growth in China; can’t recruit fast enough.
- Human capital investment: New software to speed recruitment.
- Story: Explain what the issue is and why it is a risk.
- Metrics: Provide metrics, e.g., Number of hires, Time to fill (in China), Quality of hire (in China).
- Risk: Describe the risk: Insufficient recruitment would put revenue targets at risk.
Costigan offered the following as examples of the kind of metrics and reports that HR software systems can provide (click any image to enlarge it):
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Creelman offers the following basic recommendations:
- Learn the basics of your business and industry, and talk to leadership about “human capital reporting” in whatever context it will capture their interest.
- Pilot an HR report to work through the process.
- Create a road map to build needed systems and processes.
- Ask to be involved.
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