The Power of HR Analytics, Workforce Planning, HRIS, and AI

A few weeks ago, I wrote a very quick LinkedIn post about an HR seminar I had the opportunity to attend in Auckland. In the post, I promised to write a longer blog post going into more detail on the key takeaways. The event was a treasure trove of insights, focusing on the power of HR analytics, workforce planning, HRIS, and AI in driving business success. In this blog post, I'll share my top takeaways and practical tips for implementing these strategies in your organisation

The Power of Data Analytics in HR

One of the seminar's key themes was the power of HR data analytics. For organisations with more than 500 employees, HR data analytics can be a treasure trove of insights, helping to identify workforce demand and supply for the next 1-3 years. However, even smaller businesses can reap massive benefits from accurate HR data analytics.

The key is to plan your workforce demand and supply for the future, considering the evolving workforce dynamics, particularly with the advent of automation and AI. By analysing HR data, you can identify which skills and roles your business will need to focus on and which will be phased out due to automation. This knowledge is pivotal for growth, helping businesses decide on areas to develop and how to reskill their team for new roles.

Workforce Planning is Key

Another key theme of the seminar was the importance of having a dynamic workforce strategy that adapts as automation and AI technologies become ubiquitous. My experiences with SMEs, from tiny teams to those numbering 150, have convinced me that every business, regardless of size, needs a robust, regularly reviewed workforce plan. It's a powerful tool for staying ahead in the fast-changing business landscape.

The Vital Role of HRIS

One of the seminar's most eye-opening experiences was discovering the potential of a Human Resource Information System (HRIS). The takeaway is straightforward: select a system that aligns with your business strategy and implement it at your own pace, making sure it delivers valuable data along the way. An effective HRIS is integral to your overall business strategy, fostering a team that's fully aligned with your company's direction and enabling outstanding achievements.

Embracing AI

Another key theme of the seminar was embracing AI in HR. AI is not just a passing trend—it's a significant shift in how we work and here to stay. If you haven't explored AI tools within HR, now is the time to dive in. From crafting job descriptions and ads to recording and summarising meeting notes (a huge time-saver!), updating policies, and evaluating skills across CVs, AI is a game-changer in streamlining HR processes.

Practical Tips for Implementing HR Analytics, Workforce Planning, HRIS, and AI

Now that I've shared the key themes of the event, I wanted to share some practical tips on how you could implement these strategies in your organisation:

  1. Start Small: Regarding HR analytics, workforce planning, HRIS, and AI, it's essential to start small and gradually build up your capabilities over time. This will help you avoid overwhelming your team and ensure that you're able to implement these strategies effectively.
  2. Focus on Data Quality: The quality of your data is crucial to HR analytics. Ensure that you're collecting accurate and relevant data and have a system in place for cleaning and analysing it.
  3. Regularly Review Your Workforce Plan: Your workforce plan should be a living document that's regularly reviewed and updated to reflect changes in your business and the broader market.
  4. Choose the Right HRIS: When selecting an HRIS, choosing a system that aligns with your business strategy and will deliver valuable data over time is essential. There are quite a few solutions out there in the market; take a look at BambooHR, Workday, Namely as a starter. It's important to note these are not recommendations: consider your organisation's specific needs and requirements when looking at these tools. 
  5. Embrace AI: AI is a powerful tool for streamlining HR processes and freeing time for more strategic work. Make sure that you're exploring the latest AI tools and technologies and that you're using them to their full potential.


The recent HR seminar in Auckland was a powerful reminder of the importance of HR analytics, workforce planning, HRIS, and AI in driving business success. By implementing these strategies in your organisation, you can unlock the power of data, streamline HR processes, and build a fully aligned team with your company's direction. So why wait? Start exploring these strategies today and see how they can benefit your business.

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