Big Data and Analytics Insight into Employee Potential

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Posting date: 11/21/2018 9:56 AM
In less than ten days, Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara Convention Center will be filled with speakers, panelists, and thought leaders from around the globe at the AI & Big Data Expo North America. Topics from the future of enterprise to spotting potential top talent, and everything in between will be covered.   

But how important is it for the future of enterprise to be driven by not only digital transformation leaders, but also a solid data team?  

Today’s data team must be a mix of the highly technically skilled and the soft-skill savvy, crossing what were once siloed departments across an organization. How do you spot top talent potential in your in-house team? What about those who perform better in person than on paper? What if you could see at a glance the possibilities of an employee’s performance?  

Big Data Offers Instant Insight on How to Spot Top Talent  


Digital transformation leaders and business executives have more detailed employee information at their fingertips than ever before. By combining people data with accurate algorithms using human capital management tools, organizations are armed with a robust picture of top talent. This offers instant insight into an employee’s potential. Estimation and guess work are a thing of the past, and armed with this type of information, organizations can put into motion succession plans, decide professional development opportunities, and future compensation as well as invest in their top talent for maximum potential.  

But, before you can develop high-potential employees, you need to find them. This can be one of the most difficult challenges. Then, once you find and prime your potential leaders, how do you retain them? Having a strategic, proactive approach is an excellent first step towards a successful strategy, and may include some or all of the following:  

  • Creating continuous learning opportunities.  
  • Conducting a pulse check. How are they feeling about the company? Their role? Responsibilities? Like the nuanced role which combines savvy soft skills with highly advanced technical skills, cognitive assessments using NLP can offer instant insights. But, it’s important to conduct in-person pulse check interviews as well, if possible. 
  • Offering mentoring or coaching opportunities.  It’s also important to note, a diverse data team with a variety of backgrounds, can add more perspectives for more innovative solutions in business.  

The Competitive Advantage of Effective Data Analytics  


Data surrounds us, and in our data-driven world, it’s important for business leaders to understand the impact of Big Data and Analytics when it comes to finding, developing, and planning for top talent. As much as we need to know where and how to find top performers, we need to identify our current potential talent, to support their growth, or risk losing them.  

Current performance is only one way to gauge talent and isn’t always a good indicator of future potential. In fact, not having all the facts and relying on instinct could prove to be a liability. In other words, high-performing employees may not have high potential, but high potential candidates may stand out in different ways.

Knowing the difference can save time, money, and resource. Losing a high-potential employee can cost over three times their salary, as well as their deep institutional knowledge. Like customer behavior insights gleaned from data, effective Data Analytics can give companies a big advantage over their competitors.   

If you’re interested in Big Data and Analytics, we may have a role for you. We specialize in junior and senior roles.   

If you’re attending the Big Data and AI Expo in Silicon Valley, November 28 and 29, stop by our booth and say “Hi”. We look forward to meeting you and can discuss opportunities on the spot. If you can’t make it, you can check out our current vacancies or contact one of our recruitment consultants to learn more.  

For our West Coast Team, call (415) 614 4999 or send an email to sanfraninfo@harnham.com.   

For our Mid-West and East Coast Teams, call (212) 796 6070 or send an email to newyorkinfo@harnham.com.

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