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Q&A: How data analytics can identify toxic work environments

In the past there was never much of a focus on toxic work environments. Nobody really cared what went on behind closed doors – it was all about results. Steve Jobs was a poster boy for terrible bullying and everyone applauded him anyway. Today things have changed. Despite Uber’s many successes it has been genuinely pilloried for its terrible work environment.

This means companies, like Visier, which use employee data and analytics to identify problems in the workplace, are gradually emerging. We speak to Visier’s chief strategy officer, Dave Weisbeck, to learn more about what this might mean in practice.

 

What kinds of data does Visier need access to in order to determine workplace trends?

Companies collect far more data than people probably realize. For example, when you’re interviewing, your resume is now online rather than on paper. When you start your job and begin training, your information is put into a system or database. What we’re trying to do at Visier is scan across all of that information to find answers to questions that shape business strategy, provide the impetus for taking action, and drive better business results.

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