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Myth: The More Metrics, the Better

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Myth: The More Metrics, the Better

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Myth number 4. The more, the merrier. That’s right. Some of you might be asking, don’t we need to identify as many metrics as possible for our department? Or you might be saying, we should have at least X number of metrics to truly understand our current state.

The reality is… your organization, or even HR department, may only need a few metrics.

The more you have, the less productive you may be. Having a hundred different metrics takes your focus away from what’s truly important for performance and can even keep you from taking action. Ever heard of the term, “analysis paralysis”?

Getting so caught up in the data, literally being paralyzed by all the information, that a decision is never made! Having too many metrics can be overwhelming, not to mention the time it takes to pull the data and conduct an actual analysis. Keep it simple! Less is more in this instance.

Christina Danforth


Christina Danforth

Christina A. Danforth, SHRM-SCP & SPHR, launched HR Jetpack in 2016 to support the development and professional growth of her fellow HR colleagues. She started her HR career in 2002....

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