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Kathy Marshall to InformationWeek: 12 Ways To Cultivate A Data-Savvy Workforce

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Big data is all the rage in corporate America, but without a data-savvy workforce to make sense of it all, you might be missing out on the ability to achieve your goals.  Decision Toolbox’s Kathy Marshall, director of recruitment quality and client engagement, shared insights with InformationWeek on how to cultivate a data-savvy workforce.

Excerpts from the article:

Cultivating a data-savvy workforce can be a challenging proposition if your company is not among the rarefied ranks of data-first organizations such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon.

For starters, attracting top talent is a competitive sport and becoming more data-driven over time. For example, HR departments are able to track and analyze more types of data than ever. Using sophisticated software tools, they’re gaining deeper insight into job candidates, employee performance, and the overall effectiveness of their HR practice.

Yet, even as data-driven human capital management is becoming a core element of the hiring and retention process in HR departments, many companies don’t seem to really understand what it means to build a data-savvy workforce. That’s partly because doing so can involve complete organizational transformation.

“Data-savvy workers think differently, ask questions, challenge the establishment, and demand improvements,” said Kathy Marshall, director of recruitment quality and client engagement at Decision Toolbox, a recruitment products and services company, in an interview. “If a data-driven employee isn’t challenged, can’t affect change, or isn’t able to access the information they need to drive results, [they] will quickly move on to other opportunities.”

So how does an employer recognize the trademarks of a data-savvy job candidate?

Pay Attention To Data References

Data-savvy job candidates will likely include more metrics in their resumes than their less data-savvy counterparts. According to Kathy Marshall of Decision Toolbox, employers should identify people who ask thought-provoking questions and ask datacentric questions.

“If a new hire asks datacentric questions, [it’s] a strong indicator this is how that person’s brain is wired. Look for questions like ‘How will success be measured in this role?’ and ‘Are there any benchmarks I can use as a baseline for measuring success?’ “

Check out the full article here:  12 Ways To Cultivate A Data-Savvy Workforce

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