Entries by SMD

ICYMI: HR Developments Through the Decades

We recently read an interesting article, “HR’s Epic Journey,” in Human Resource Executive’s 30th anniversary issue, and we thought the insights offered by several CHROs were worth repeating. The trends they pointed to aligned with the ones we have spoken about before as well. You may read the full article here. HR as a Strategic […]

New & Improved Action-Planning Tool, ActionGenius

We’re pleased to announce the launch of ActionGenius, our patent-pending, cloud-based action-planning tool linked to business outcomes that enables compliance and shows return-on-investment (ROI) impact. Our patented tool, SMD Link, has always had an action-planning component but ActionGenius is a more robust version that includes best practices that have been proven to deliver improvement, and […]

The Basics of Big Data, HR Analytics & Predictive Analytics

There are lots of words and concepts floating around the HR world these days that are new or different from the traditional approach – ones like “big data,” “HR analytics,” and “predictive analytics.” We think it is worth defining and discussing each of these topics. Big Data Definition: A collection of data sets so large and […]

SMD’s Prediction Comes True: More Colleges & Universities Offering Advanced Degrees in HR Analytics

At the end of last year, we developed a “Crystal Ball” prediction series, including the blog detailed below. Turns out, it’s coming true per a recent Human Resource Executive’s article. Read here. Stay up-to-date on all our insights by receiving our blog series straight to your inbox. Sign up here. Demand for Analytics Skills Will […]

Benchmark Myopia and the Need for Business Drivers

It is a typical practice in many industries to be curious about, and focus on, benchmarks to get an idea of “where you stand” on a particular metric. To be clear, benchmarks are a good piece of information to know when examining your performance—but when leaders, particularly in HR, live and die (i.e., base their […]

Millennials – Why all the Fuss? Part II

Part II: The Scientific Community’s Stance Not Truly Generational Part I of this series dove into the firsthand research we’ve conducted at SMD. Let’s take a look at what the scientific community has published on the topic. From an academic perspective, the issue seems to be that research methods aren’t truly examining generational differences. Research […]