Month: April 2013

Against the Big Data revolution


Ok, I must really say that I start to get afraid of this hunt for “Big Data” in HR. Apparently on the blogosphere and in the HR domain there is nothing else to talk about. Up to the point that somebody labels this as a A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think. Don’t get me wrong, a lot around this is inevitable. We are producing more and more data everyday. Somebody should be able to do something with it. What I do question is this hunt for a miracle recipe that is lying within this huge amount of data, sort of resembling the famous needle in the haystack. And apparently there’s somebody that holds the secret recipe (in the form of an IT system) to find it. Sorry, but I don’t buy this. First of all because the issue is to define what we are looking for, and not explore the data just for the sake of it. As any student of statistics can demonstrate, give me enough data and I can demonstrate practically …

Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Then stay home!


Well, it may sound really weird to give this suggestion, but I must say that sometime this is really the best thing to do in certain cases. I’m not talking about the usual monday morning sindrome, or simply when you feel a bit “exhausted”. I’m talking about those days where everything seems impossible already from the first hours of the morning. The reason could be because you’ve not sleeping well, or you have had a fight with your important half, or for whatever reason are exploding of negative energy. If this is the case, please just stay home. Why? Because that shit is contagious. Not only does it spread like crazy in the workplace – it follows employees home and infects their personal lives. You think a flu will affect your office’s productivity level. Try the a-hole in marketing who decided it was his mission to crap on anyone and everyone who comes close to his workspace. Oh it’s not them he’s angry with…but they are going to know how he feels. Well, I don’t think …