3 Key Tools Needed for HR Analytics: R, SPSS & Tableau

I get asked a lot about what are the best tools to use for HR Analytics. That is not really an easy question to answer as every company has needs a little different then every other company.

That said, the two most common in my experience with HR in the Philippines are R (including RStudio) and SPSS.

R is great for statistical analysis and visualization which is very suited to explore huge data sets.

It enables you to analyze and clean data sets with millions of rows of data. In addition, it lets you to visualize your data and analysis, like what you see below.

RStudio is an open source and enterprise-ready professional software package for R.

It basically does everything that R does, but has a friendlier user interface. The interface contains a code editor, the R console, an easily accessible workspace, and history and room for plots and files. You can take a look at an example of this below.

SPSS is one of the most commonly used HR analytics tools in social sciences. Thanks to its user-friendly interface you’re able to analyze data without having extensive statistical knowledge.

In addition, SPSS is often used within the field of social science. This means that a lot of HR professionals know how to use it, especially the ones with an interest in data.

Additionally, SPSS shares many similarities with Excel which makes it easier to work with.

Tableau is a business intelligence tool that is great at data visualization and business dashboards.

You can also learn to use Tableau to display data you process through SPSS to show results of predictive models.

So for companies looking take the dive into HR Analytics, these tools would give you a good base to inventory and analyze data using R, model it using SPSS and presenting it using Tableau


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