Discover the HR gold in Google’s mountains of data

Google, through its unrelenting drive for innovation and improvement in every corner of its business is also pouncing on and producing fascinating people analytics. The latest release from its own analysis and study is in the shape of profiling people’s performance.

Let me cut straight to the chase, and then if you want to understand more about data analytics and the back story, you can do further reading through ERE and Dr John Sullivan.

One example is the value that exceptional technologists deliver over and above an average technologist. Google calculated the performance differential is as much as 300 times.

Not all of us work in high tech sectors, so what really caught my interest was the data they’d dissected and evaluated on Stellar Managers.

I’m always looking for gold amongst the noise of the HR heavy metal. So when Google dished it straight up on a platter I thought you’d also be interested in knowing about it.

Here are Google analytics on the Traits of a Stellar Manager. In order. Go ahead, check with yourself, your own manager and other managers you work with. In fact, it’s probably a great checklist for employees to use when assessing the hiring manager they could end up working for.

  1. Be a good coach
  2. Empower your team and don’t micromanage
  3. Express interest in your team members’ success and well-being
  4. Be productive and results oriented
  5. Be a good communicator and listen to your team
  6. Help your employees with career development
  7. Have a clear vision and strategy for the team
  8. Have the technical skills so you can advise the team

I think it’s gold.

What’s your point of view?

Geoff Slade

Geoff Slade has worked at the forefront of the Recruitment industry for over 50 years. He is the Executive Chairman of Slade Group and was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to the industry.

Geoff Slade
Executive Chairman
Slade Group
Level 10, 333 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +61 3 9235 5100

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One comment on “Discover the HR gold in Google’s mountains of data
  1. Kate T Berg says:

    This is a powerful list and having spent 25 years in the tech sector in roles that ranged from head of communications/PR to now CEO, I can attest to its truth. Every great manager I have learned from along the way has these traits in spades. I pride myself on having them as well. Here is to a healthy 2015! Thank you for this piece.

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