HR Data Labs – Season 1 – Episode 2 – Integrating Statistical Expertise into HR Data

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This episode is special as my guest is a very old friend, colleague and former manager. Dr. Dawn H Nicholson’s background as a consultant, practitioner, executive and now a PhD lecturer is especially important based on the topic we are covering: “Integrating Statistical Expertise into HR Data.”

I hope you enjoy this episode and I am looking forward to your input and feedback.

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Episode Summary

Welcome back to the HR Data Labs Podcast, your one-stop-shop for everything happening in People Analytics today. Today’s guest is Dr. Dawn H Nicholson. Dr. Nicholson is a former HR practitioner, consultant and executive. Now she is a Lecturer in Business and Organisational Psychology at University of Kent, with over 28 years of organizational experience working in London in Financial and Professional services, with a passion for helping people make better choices. 

Let’s jump right into this episode and work with Dr. Nicholson to expose the lies in statistics and challenge the sophistication of HR. 

[00:01 – 05:28] Opening Segment

  • Let’s get to know Dr. Dawn H Nicholson
  • Dr. Nicholson gives us a bit of background on her story

[05:29 – 08:53] Lies in Statistics; Properly Analysing Data 

  • Dr. Nicholson talks about the issues in HR and how significant data was used to drive decisions
  • How Dr. Nicholson went about making better decisions using meaningful statistics

[08:54 – 11:57] Causation vs. Correlation 

  •  Dr. Nicholson speaks about the difference between causation and correlation and how to spot them
  • What people can do to not misunderstand the information they’re presented with 

[11:58 – 16:24] Story Telling

  • Tips and suggestions to telling a good story around statistics and data 
  • What are they really asking for – the why behind the question

[16:25 – 18:15] Closing Segment

  • Summary of our conversation 
  • Final Words

Tweetable Quotes:

“Something has to change sufficiently for it to be considered a significant difference, and it is only through knowing and learning about statistics in the last six years that I understand that concept of significance.” – Dr. Dawn H Nicholson  

“Don’t be afraid to say… ‘hey, is this really about causation? Can you really tell me categorically that statistic is a causal statistic rather than, really… the relationship between greater diversity to profitability.” – Dr. Dawn H Nicholson

“Data is there to serve a purpose, but it should be questioned, it should be interrogated, and it should be challenged.” – Dr. Dawn H Nicholson

Connect with Dr. Nicholson on LinkedIn.

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Email: david@turetskyconsulting.com

You can connect with me on LinkedIn and Twitter, or email me at david@turetskyconsulting.com. This show is brought to you by Turetsky Consulting LLC, our company provides business consulting on Analytics, HR Processes, and Rewards with a focus on getting answers that organizations need by demystifying People Analytics.  

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