Bringing People Analytics Back Down to Earth

Consider the following analytics initiatives pitched at this year’s HR trade conferences: Outfit your entire workforce with Fitbits to monitor the sleep patterns and fitness levels of your workforce. Track the lifestyle habits of top performers and push employees with unhealthy habits to follow suit. Use text mining to study employee emails and determine which employees have the broadest network of relationships within the company. Encourage less-connected employees to expand their networks. Use wearable heart-rate monitors to measure employee engagement during meetings. The crowd’s reaction to these ideas was skeptical at best. There were the obvious concerns around privacy and intrusivenes

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