Workplace Analytics and wellbeing – data-driven HR for lasting impact

Data and insight into employees’ day-to-day work are needed in order to know what workers need to be happy and healthy as they contribute to the company’s success.

Using a scattershot approach to the wellbeing of employees within an organization is a waste of resources, including finances. Results are also often difficult or even impossible to measure. 

Visualizing culture, work-life balance, and psychological stress

Certain information is hard for the HR department to access, such as information on interactions with colleagues or on psychological stress. On top of that, making connections with variables that have a critical impact on success, such as absenteeism, productivity, and employees’ sense of belonging, is methodologically challenging. 

Workplace Analytics gives HR a way to collect data relevant for their purposes so they can create forecasts, identify needs, and design individual measures. The goal is to then compare the success of those measures based on concrete HR metrics (such as retention rate, turnover rate, time to onboarding, engagement score, and training ROI).

Use cases with Workplace Analytics

Defining concrete use cases for Workplace Analytics within a company’s own organization is crucial, as the data should create transparency about connections:

  • Are our people’s skills being put to work in the right ways, so no one is overwhelmed or under-challenged?
  • Which of the company’s benefits truly have an impact on workforce cohesion and sense of belonging?
  • Do employees have enough one-on-one time with their direct supervisor?
  • Is the meeting culture effective and to the point, or does it just create ongoing stress?

From employee surveys to implementation of a holistic approach to skill management or personnel planning, there are a wide range of possible applications. 

Occupational health management is another of the many thematic areas that can be addressed and optimized with Workplace Analytics. Attend our webinar at 11 a.m. CET on June 6, 2024, to learn how you can harness Workplace Analytics with Viva Glint, Pulse, and Insights with special focus on mental health risk assessments. 

Three Viva modules – Glint, Insights, and Pulse – together make up Microsoft Workplace Analytics. 

These are solutions for collecting data relating to a wide range of HR topics. They open a window on effectiveness, performance capability and motivation, employee engagement, feedback, and wellbeing within your organization and enable suggestions for next steps in handling the results.


Julie-Anne Rhodes

Managing Consultant - Employee Experience

Melanie Wobst


Phoebe Ingenfeld