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Workforce Analytics: Hidden Gold or Smoking Gun?

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Course Information

Time 1h 5m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Labor & Employment

Course Description

It seems every business magazine or publication has some front page story on “Big Data” and/or “Analytics”. The notion is that data and data mining techniques have revolutionized business and if your organization has not embraced this technology it will be left behind.


Many business leaders expect their organization to mine employee and workforce data to exploit opportunities and create a competitive advantage for their organization. For General Counsel, especially in-house attorneys, Management’s desire for more and more detailed data about the workforce creates a tension between the dual responsibility of helping the client achieve its goals and advising and mitigating risks.  


In this course, attorney and career business professional Mary Ann Downey provides a legal and business framework to understand workforce analytics. She presents an overview of the most common concerns about workforce analytics and Title VII, ADEA, Equal Pay and other enforcement actions, as well as common pitfalls and strategies to avoid them.


Learning Objectives: 

I.      Acquire a framework and understanding of Workforce Analytics 

II.     Address General Counsel concerns of the risks inherent in workforce data 

III.    Understand the steps to developing a workforce measurement strategy

IV.    Dive deeper into common workforce reports/analysis: 

  • HR Scorecard
  • Diversity Reporting
  • Compensation Analysis

Credit Information

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Mary Ann Downey

HR Metrics Coach

Mary Ann Downey, known as “Mad” to friends and colleagues founded HR Metrics Coach because (she thinks) she knows what she should do when she “grows-up”.

Mad has always been a renaissance woman, more interested in the connections between disciplines (the white space) than specializing in a specific subject. Her non-traditional professional path and keen problem solving aptitude make her uniquely qualified to help organizations maximize their human capital for the benefit of the enterprise and the individual.

Mad has had the privilege of working with organizations from a variety of industries, sizes, and global footprints. She has provided in-house and virtual training to organizations such as GE, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and ConAgra on a variety of human capital topics like Workforce Planning, Diversity and HR Analytics.

Mad’s clients appreciate her sometimes irreverent but always practical approach to solving their challenges. Her philosophy is in a global, flat world the only source of competitive advantage is through people. While her undergraduate Economics professor was attempting to make a joke, she realized the truth in the statement that “the only asset that appreciates is human”.

An attorney by training, Mad began her professional career in large multinational organizations such as Caterpillar, General Motors and ING. She served in a variety of capacities working in the plant, at the business unit level and corporate headquarters. She left the corporate world to take a role as a Research Director for start-up firm, the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp).

At i4cp, Mad spoke with hundreds of organizations on a wide range of topics including: Diversity, Talent Management, Performance Management, Knowledge Retention, the HR Profession, Workforce Planning and HR Measurement. She led exclusive consortiums, which met monthly, for candid discussion on latest research, real world challenges, successes and failures.

A frequent presenter, she has been invited to present at many professional organizations and conferences, including Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), Catalyst Awards Conference, Human Resources Planning Society (HRPS), International Human Resources Information Management (IHRIM), HR.com and others.

In addition to articles, reports and presentations for i4cp, her work has been published in Talent Management and Diversity Executive magazines. She was a contributor to Dr. Jac Fitz-enz latest book, The New HR Analytics: Predicting the Economic Value of Your Company’s Human Capital Investments.


Lloyd F.

Presenter clearly presented issues to be concerned with.

Stuart I. J.


Matthew J. B.

Excellent, highly relevant presentation

Suzanne Lehman J.


David T.

Very interesting and informative.

Margaret A.

Enjoyed this

Caroline B.

Excellent, useful information

Ingrid H.

good discussion of an important topic that most people are not familiar with

Rhonda R.

Very well-organized presentation. Easy to understand. The presenter had excellent ideas to implement in H.R.

Joshua V.

Well done!

Kathryn S.

Thank you

Jose L.


John T.

Very informative.

Tim B.

Presenter very knowledgeable

Andrea G.

Great lecturer!

John Z.

good class

Julie F.

excellent presentation, and very interesting information.

Victoria G.

Excellent course

Zakiyah B.

Fantastic course. Mad was very knowledgeable.

Nicholas E.

The best for last. One of the best and most informative, and relevant presentations.

Valerie M.

Well presented. Very interesting.

John K.

Illuminating intro to an area unknown to me; would make this or a similar presentation required for anybody with HR duties.

Charles S.

I had never really stopped to consider the legal issues associated with data gathering on employees. Glad to learn that there is gold to be mined here, with manageable risk if done properly.

Virginia E.

The presenter was very knowledgeable and informative.

Ana M. M.


Jodi E.

Excellent course. I highly recommend it.

Henry S. S.

Very interesting and informative.


very timely.

Deborah W.

MAD was outstanding. Excellent presentation...

Kenneth C.

Very good, well presented program.

Cassandra G.

I've seen two of this speaker's courses, and I have enjoyed both very much.

Dee Anna H.

Loved the scorecard!

Jodie C.

Great course! The instructor was clear, succinct, and provided strong, practical examples. I would hire her in a heartbeat!

Rhonda G. W.

Thank you for the clear and thorough presentation of this interesting course.

Kathleen S.

Great presentation.

Vicki B.

Engaging speaker, helpful program materials, thanks

katiana f.


Jerome K.

Instructor was great.

Richard F.

Expert in area and solid presentation. I would have liked a few more case studies and examples.

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