HR Data Fundamentals

HR Data Fundamentals

HR Data Fundamentals

Discover the building blocks of HR data analytics and use them to help your organization thrive & make better decisions.

Language: english

Note: 4.6/5 (296 notes) 3,044 students

Instructor(s): Robert Hean

Last update: 2021-12-02

What you’ll learn

  • Explore the basics of HR data and what makes it unique
  • Familiarize yourself with basic HR analytics tools and what they are used for
  • Conduct fundamental HR analytics activities, such as data cleaning
  • Perform basic HR analytics using mock data
  • Identify teams to partner with to improve how your organization uses HR data
  • Present HR data clearly and concisely for maximum impact



  • No analytics background is required – we’ll cover the fundamentals together
  • Some background with basic spreadsheet functions will be helpful



If you’re interested in getting a better understanding of what HR data is, how it can be used, and how it can help you drive impact, then this course is for you. I designed this course specifically for individuals just getting started on a Human Resources (HR) team, or for individuals who are interested in learning the basics of HR data and analytics. No prior HR experience is necessary, but basic knowledge of Google Sheets or Excel will be very helpful.

We’ll cover the many places HR data can come from, including some common challenges (such as abbreviations and nicknames). This course also explores how to partner with other teams to improve how HR data is collected – something that will make your work as a HR data analyst more satisfying and increase the impact you will have on your team.

You’ll also get to see how some basic HR metrics are derived, including things like headcount, engagement, diversity, and recruiting metrics. We certainly won’t get into every HR metric, but by the end of the course you’ll be able to use fundamental metrics to help your organization better understand its most important asset – its people.

In this course you will be exposed to some core skills needed to understand HR data, including:

  • Where HR data comes from

  • What HR data can be used for

  • How common metrics, such as turnover, are calculated

  • How to avoid common “gotchas” in HR data

  • How to present HR data to leadership

Please join me in this course and start using data to positively influence your organization!


Who this course is for

  • Entry/mid-level HR employees who need to understand the basics of HR metrics to gain context of their role and company
  • Managers curious to understand how HR analytics and data can help them better understand how their team(s) are functioning
  • This course is NOT for those with a background in HR data science or executive level HR employees


Course content

  • Introduction
    • Welcome & Course Overview
    • How to Use Udemy
    • Why HR Data Matters
    • Activity: Calculating Headcount
  • HR Data Basics
    • Intro to HR Data Basics
    • Regulatory Hurdles
    • Identifying Data Questions to Ask
    • Understanding Your Data’s Origins & Limitations
    • How HR Data Drives Impact & The Perception of HR
    • Data Hygiene: Passing the Gut Check
    • Data Hygiene Hands-On
    • Wrap-Up: HR Data Basics
  • HR Data Tools
    • Intro to HR Data Tools
    • Spreadsheets
    • Business Intelligence Tools
    • SQL & Data Warehouses
    • Wrap-Up: HR Data Tools
  • Calculating HR Metrics
    • Intro to Calculating HR Metrics
    • General HR Metrics
    • Calculating Headcount Metrics
    • Exercise: Calculate Headcount Metrics
    • Calculating Engagement Metrics
    • Exercise: Calculate Engagement Metrics
    • Calculating Diversity Metrics
    • Exercise: Calculate Diversity Metrics
    • Calculating Recruiting Metrics
    • Exercise: Calculate Recruiting Metrics
    • Wrap-Up: Calculating HR Metrics
  • HR Data Partnerships
    • Intro to HR Data Partnerships
    • Building Relationships
    • Common Ground & Buy-In
    • Improving Use & Utilization of Metrics
    • Wrap-Up: HR Data Partnerships
  • Presenting HR Data
    • Intro to Presenting HR Data
    • Data Sensitivity
    • Executive Brief
    • Common Mistakes
    • How to Tell a Story
    • Wrap-Up: Presenting HR Data
  • Conclusion
    • Thank you!



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