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Understanding today, tomorrow, and how to get there, with isolved Predictive People Analytics

Wednesday November 3rd, 2021

Estimated time to read: 3 minutes

A few weeks ago we launched isolved Predictive People Analytics as part of our end-to-end human capital management (HCM) platform, isolved People Cloud. Its job is simple – to help businesses of every size, from small to large, better understand their workforce today, and help them plan for the workforce they need in the future.

It all sounds very grand. And complicated. Thankfully, it’s not.

There are really three parts to the analytics tool, each of which enables you to view and understand information about your employees and your business more easily than you can with home-grown tools or complex (and expensive) business information platforms. 

The first, and simplest, is that it lets you quickly build dashboards (or just pick one we built for you) and immediately start to see things like salary, cost-to-hire employees, the diversity of a workforce, turnover, and so on. As long as you have that data in your HCM platform (and you almost certainly will if you’re already using isolved People Cloud), then the analytic tool pulls it in, does the analysis for you, and then shows you simply and easily what you probably need to know (but couldn’t get to in the past). Of course you can tailor what it shows (and decide who gets to see it), but immediately after getting it up and running you’ll be better informed and have access to the above metrics (point-in-time measures) as well as many others.

For many businesses that might be enough. But suppose you want to go a little further? Suppose, for example, you want to start looking at trends over time… 

It’s very easy to tell the platform (and by very easy, I mean there’s a single mouse-click to get there) to show you how things are tracking over a year, or several years. Want to see how your average cost-to-hire is tracking? Click. Perhaps you’d like to see if turnover of employees is getting better or worse? Click. There it is, charted for you.

This second level, the analytic level, let’s you quickly spot things that a single, point-in-time metric might miss. Suppose you’re slowly losing your key employees and that trend is getting worse? Now you can see, and of course, do something about it.

Businesses of every size struggle to see the wood for the trees in HR data and the point of the analytic function of isolved Predictive People Analytics is to let you step back, see the trends, and plan for the future from the basis of knowledge and information, not gut-feel and guesswork.

Making it easy to get access to those analytics, and to see the trends over time is what really makes this kind of tool so powerful when it comes to making good decisions. Best yet, when you make a change, it lets you track the impact because now you can see if those trends change as time passes.

And here’s where isolved Predictive People Analytics gets really interesting. What if, rather than waiting several months to see the impact of changes, you could have the system tell you what’s likely to happen?

This is where the power of the artificial intelligence (AI) modeling feature in isolved Predictive People Analytics comes into play – to deliver on the “predictive” part of the name. The idea is simple (and thankfully so is using it). First, the system automatically looks at all your business data in isolved People Cloud – and identifies what traits and behaviors drive certain outcomes. In fact, it does this all the time, without you needing to tell it to.

The best example is for employee turnover, a problem businesses of every size are struggling to understand and manage. The analytic tool learns, by examining your business and employee data, what things drive changes in employee retention – such as salary, training, remote working, distance of commute, and so on, depending on what information you have available.

What this means is that you can look at your employees, or a subset of employees, and see what factors drive changes in retention and how significant they are. This also means you’re operating from a position of knowledge and facts, and not speculation.

Most powerful of all, the platform lets your try “what-if” scenarios. What if you increase salary – does that change retention rates? What about more training? And so on. Each change can be easily visualized, and the outcomes modeled right there on the screen.

This is where the transformative power of your data, collected over perhaps many years, and the capabilities of AI come together. A simple, easy-to-understand approach to modeling key business decisions, based on your data, your employees and the outcomes you want to drive.

So at each step, from visualization of metrics to help you clearly understand your business today, through analytic charts to help you identify trends, all the way to AI-based predictive modeling, the simple, direct job for isolved Predictive People Analytics is to unlock the insight buried in the data you already have, and to do it fast, simply, and easily.

And predicting the positive impact of that is, well, easy too.

Want to learn more about isolved Predictive People Analytics? Request a demo to see it in action.