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Analyzing Employee Behavior To Inform HR

BIG DATA—U.S.

April 22, 2013

An emerging field known as workforce science is using Big Data to analyze worker behavior and apply it to human resource management, reports The New York Times. The field aggregates and analyzes patterns in employees’ digital history as well as personality-based assessments to guide hiring, firing and promotions, raising some questions about worker surveillance, the report states. “The larger problem here is that all these workplace metrics are being collected when you as a worker are essentially behind a one-way mirror,” says Marc Rotenberg of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. (Registration may be required to access this story.) Editor’s Note: Read more about privacy in HR in this Privacy Perspectives post.
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