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  • Functions as a supplement to a textbook for undergraduates studying Human Resources Management
  • Blends theory with practical guidance, making it easy to begin implementing analytics best practices
  • Comes with helpful video tutorials for using Excel to manipulate quantitative data




HR Analytics Sample 2024 by Vibrant Publishers

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 214 pages

Paperback (ISBN): 9781636510347

eBook (ISBN): 9781636510354

Hardback (Color): 9781636510361

Trim Size: 5.5” x 8.5”

Category: Business & Economics

Author: Dr. Michael J. Walsh


A practical guide to using human resource analytics for making optimal business decisions.

Read this book if you want to be able to:

  • Define what HR Analytics can do for an organization
  • Determine the best HR analytics role for you
  • Assess the readiness of your organization for undergoing a study using HR analytics
  • Apply HR Analytics in various HR disciplines
  • Use Excel to efficiently manage data for your HR analytics
  • Tell your organization’s story - whether you are a seasoned professional or a newcomer

Part overview of the field, part handbook, HR Analytics Essentials walks readers through the many benefits of using analytics to make better people decisions. HR Analytics requires more than just strong gut instincts and a talent for talking with people; it requires a good understanding of your organization’s human capital. As this guide will show, HR Analytics is both an art and a science that can help your organization make informed decisions that benefit all stakeholders. With case studies and online tutorials, including a step-by-step guide for using Excel to efficiently work with your data, HR Analytics Essentials is the perfect handbook you need.

About the Author

Dr. Michael Walsh is an industrial and organizational psychologist with over 15 years of human resources and people analytics experience. Michael currently leads Global Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness for Eaton Corporation’s Vehicle Group. He also teaches a Human Resources Analytics course for master’s level students at the University of Illinois and Wayne State University. Previously, Michael’s passion for People Analytics landed him at Bloomberg and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles where he started and led the Global People Strategy and Analytics and People Analytics and Insights functions, respectively. Michael began his professional career as a client facing consultant for Mercer’s Human Capital practice focused on HR Strategy, Organizational Design/Development and Human Capital Analytics. Michael worked for Mercer in Chicago, Dubai and New York. His master’s degree is in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois and his PhD is in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

About the Series

The Self-Learning Management Series is designed to help students, new managers, career switchers, and entrepreneurs learn essential management lessons and covers every aspect of business, from HR to Finance to Marketing to Operations across any and every industry. Each book includes basic fundamentals, important concepts, and standard and well-known principles as well as practical ways of application of the subject matter.

Editorial Reviews

Every function of an organization can benefit from analytics. Dr. Michael Walsh has and his book 'HR Analytics Essentials' provides a helpful framework for establishing and using analytics to support the Human Resources function and key decision-making. This book is a good tool for individuals in the field of H.R. and managers.

- Leslie Yerkes, President, Catalyst Consulting Group, Inc.


This book provides a good, basic overview of HR analytics that is easy to understand and is not overly technical. It could be a useful supplement to an introduction to HR text used in an undergraduate class to provide additional coverage of HR analytics which is especially important to the strategic role of HR in organizations.

- Loren Kuzuhara, University of Wisconsin-Madison


This book explains the scientific method of inquiry as it is applied to HR functions in a clear and understandable manner. The book has easily viewed charts, graphs, case studies, discussions questions, and quizzes to help the reader. The use of statistics to operationalize data is easy to comprehend. The book covers the essential areas of the HR function in organizations such as staffing and training and compensating both salaried and hourly employees. A plus are the video tutorials available online. I would recommend this book without reservation to both, teachers, students or practitioner of HR who wish to comprehend the subject matter of HR Analytics.

- Dr. Jerry Spiegel, President, Lakeview Educational Association


HR Analytics Essentials is a competent source for those wanting a primer on using data about people to drive meaningful change within an organization. While most textbooks in this area focus on either quantitative analysis or psychological theory, Dr. Walsh’s work does an effective job at bridging the gap between these two through an organizational lens. By exposing the reader to a broad range of important concepts relevant to HR analytics, this book is a terrific starting point for those wanting a framework to understand both the importance and application of data in human resources.

- James Meersman, Juniata College


Dr. Michael Walsh outlines a pragmatic approach to HR Analytics for the most novice to the most advanced. His writing style is easy to follow, and often funny, without talking down to the reader.

- Dr. Wendy Hirsch, VP HR Technology, Analytics & Services, Eaton

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
sowdamini THATTA
HR Analytics Essentials You Always Wanted To Know?

Its more of practical and quiz questions and Q &A end of the topics are useful

Rie de Fullerton
Practical guide for newbies

I am new to HR analytics and this book offers a practical, easy to understand concept on how the analytics is beingbused in HR. I love the Case Study at the end of each chapter.

Alan R. Vance
Must Have for HR Professionals

HR Analytics Essentials is a must read for every Human Resource professional and this book itself is a must have resource in every Human Resource’s toolbox. Dr. Michael Walsh highlights how best to leverage data and analytics to address critical people-related questions and hiring formulas. The book covers an enormous amount of ground in a condensed way, as well as referencing other places to find further information to expand upon what he delivers. This book is a great resource for all HR generalists and HR analytic professionals. Once people understand the basic analytic techniques, telling this story to different demographic audiences can bring the right candidates that fit into your organization. Easy read with plenty of references!

Thoughtfully written and helpful strategies

This book is a great combination of why and how - why HR Analytics are worth your attention, and how to do it...down to step-by-steps in Excel! Written in an approachable, helpful voice as well.

Deborah Adams, Readers Favorite
HR Analytics Essentials You Always Wanted To Know

HR Analytics Essentials You Always Wanted to Know by Dr. Michael J. Walsh is an intellectually fascinating blend of instruction, theory, and illustrative samples. Human Resource professionals like myself are deeply rooted in the modern-day blend of people-centric practices supported by analytical data. This guidebook expertly walks readers through the more foundational principles of the analytical process and is packed with HR-specific conditions and steadily deepens the discussion from foundational to more advanced topics. Individuals with a basic background in statistics will quickly absorb the contents and those with experience in HR will easily identify opportunities for utilization. This book could also pique the interest of Organizational Change Management professionals and anyone interested in organizational strategy. My personal favorite chapter was on job analysis.

Dr. Michael J. Walsh clearly understands his audience and steadily walks the reader through familiar terminology, grasping the goals of modern HR professionals to add quantifiable contributions to their organizations. The content is delivered concisely and flows through the various concepts presented with ease. Through each new chapter, I found myself thinking back to the authors emphasis on Organizational Readiness and how truly important it is to gauge and expand with intention. What we HR pros wouldnt give to be organizationally prepared to dive into the critical analyses outlined in HR Analytics Essentials You Always Wanted to Know! This guidebook will have HR practitioners itching to get started, and ready to dive into the various scenarios. I highly recommend readers pick this one up and keep it on your desk for quick reference.