3 keys to happy, innovative employees

Research shows that, while free food and an on-site gym are great perks, what employees really want is to know how their work helps the company succeed.

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It’s catching on, and in a big way. This article in The New York Times shares several examples of the benefits of workforce science, which it describes as:

“It adds a large dose of data analysis, a.k.a. Big Data, to the field of human resource management, which has traditionally relied heavily on gut feel and established practice to guide hiring, promotion and career planning.”

In today’s workplace, we can—and do—measure much more than ever before. I’m not talking about employee surveillance (though that can be a component where appropriate), but rather using the information we already gather in more effective ways.

Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the Center for Digital Business at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, says, “The heart of science is measurement. We’re seeing a revolution in measurement, and it will revolutionize organizational economics and personnel economics.”

What does the data actually tell us about our workforce? The article shares several examples:

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