HR Data Fundamentals

Discover the building blocks of HR data analytics and use them to help your organization thrive & make better decisions.
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (581 ratings)
4,783 students
1hr 17min of on-demand video
English [Auto], German [Auto]

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


IT Program Manager
Robert Hean
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
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  • 4,921 Students
  • 5 Courses

Robert Hean has more than 15 years experience in IT, and is a Program Manager at Udemy.  He has been involved in many aspects of IT, including service desk, program management, and data and analytics.  He has built compensation platforms from the ground up, designed HR databases and driven hard disks over state lines to complete projects on time.


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