Visualizing HR Data

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Overview

Human Resources Data Visualization is a key example of modern Workforce Decision Support solutions. Managers can empower their organization to make efficient business decisions by providing easy access to workforce data. Clear and concise organizational charts provide vital data and metrics that can be used to address specific business challenges.

Managers at every level often require simple access to personnel information. Currently, HR and Enterprise Resource Planning systems can be difficult to access when critical data reside on different systems, or when laid out as data-intensive spreadsheets. HR Data Visualization provides a better solution to remove excessive complexity. Studies have shown that information comprehension can be up to ten times faster when data are presented visually. This calls for visualization of complex workforce data taken from multiple systems, presented through easy-to-assimilate visual imagery.


Reducing Complexity

Ideally, HR Data Visualization should contribute to quicker assimilation of information through intuitive visuals and charts, and allow managers to visually identify employees, groups or roles where data reflects specific conditions, without having to deal with the complexities of generic ERP systems.

Many companies today use organizational charts to show names, titles and inter- and intra-group relationships of employees to one other. Using colors, symbols and easy-to-understand formatting to highlight people with particular skills, review results, job performance ratings and just about any other information, managers can get key information faster and with less ambiguity.


Customized Data Presentation

One of the chief advantages of organizational charts is that they can be customized to show key information for each function within a company. HR managers usually need access to salary, paid time off, or benefits information, while other managers would need data on competencies, tenure and educational qualifications. In the course of their work, IT teams would require information on signing authorities and distribution of corporate IT assets. Any visualization system would need to support customizable views of data so that relevant information is readily obtainable.


Ends and Means

The objective of HR Data Visualization is to simplify the identification of persons and groups to see if they meet specific criteria while having all the needed information in one place. It is key that HR data is available in concise organizational charts for easy access and dissemination of critical information. Security features such as approved user authentication and role-based data reporting ensure that organizational charts are available to the right people at the right time.


Essential Features of Data Visualization

A good HR Visualization solution must possess a wide range of capabilities to allow for flexibility to present and work through personnel information, such as:

  • Organizational tree
  • Directories
  • Profiles
  • Flexible view templates
  • Search functions
  • Sub-charts
  • Hot-spots
  • Hyperlinks
  • Branch styles
  • Conditional formatting
  • Chart rules

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