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Digital HR Leaders with David Green

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In this series, David Green will be speaking to a range of senior HR leaders who are pushing a data-driven and digital HR agenda. There is an increasing need for HR professionals to become more digitally and numerically literate – to acquire the skills necessary to process, produce and leverage digi… read more


60. Creating Business Impact Using People Data and Technology (Interview with Alexis Saussinan)

To build sustainable success in people analytics, you need a few key ingredients. Let's look at three. First, align the work of the people analytics team to the business strategy and priorities. Second in parallel, be intentional about building analytical capability across the wider HR function and third, get the sponsorship from the Chief Human Resources Officer, the Global HR Leadership Team and Senior Leaders in the business.

My guest on this episode of the podcast has mixed all of these ingredients and more since founding the people analytics team at Merck, in 2016. Alexis Saussinan is the Group Head of People Data and Technology, and the function he has built has become a bedrock of Merck's people strategy and consistently delivers value to the business and the global workforce at Merck.

Alexis and I reflect on the journey of people analytics over the last five years at Merck and look forward to the future as Alexis' role has expanded to bring people data, analytics and technology together.

In our discussion, Alexis and I discuss:

  • How to align the work of the people analytics team with the business and the people strategy
  • Examples of people analytics in action, including how Merck takes a skills-based approach to workforce planning
  • The size, structure and skills of the people analytics team and how it has evolved over the last five years at Merck
  • How a combination of CHRO sponsorship, ambassador networks, rotational programs and effective communication combined to help grow a data-driven culture
  • Why bringing people data, analytics and technology together enables the next wave of HR transformation

This episode is a must listen for anyone interested or involved in creating business value and employee experience from people analytics, in parallel with increasing HR capability in data and digital.

So that is Business Leaders, Chief HR Officers, Chief Learning Officers and anyone in a people analytics, learning, HR leadership or HR business partner role.

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