You will be counted, and counted and counted.

So there is this idea of "big data" out there in the world.  Big data is this, big data is that.  It seems to be everywhere.  Big data as I understand it is the umbrella term used to cover the massive terabits (or more) of information that is being stored, categorized and analyzed.  Big data is the application of all the data we!re generating.

  Last week I read about the idea of big data in the realm of Hunan resource.  What does that mean?  It means that everything you do,  every meeting you take, every email you send, every progress report you submit could be analyzed,  digested and understood.  The trends in the work generated by all employees will be consumed and how you are graded at work will be based on an algorithm.

Potentially,  the human work you do will be boiled down to machine analysis.  Whether you get a raise,  a promotion, fired or hired could potentially be determined by big data processing.  It is both exhilarating and petrifying.  Companies may find out that anyone who surfs ESPN, Deadspin and CBS sportsline within a week will always lose massive amounts of productivity during football season.  There may be correlation between people who spend half their time in meetings and actual productivity.  Or that people who read twitter two hours a week are the most innovative etc. 

Using all the data generated on a typical work day could indeed answer some of the basic human resource question:   Should I hire or fie this person?

What do you think?  Are you ready to be judged by just the numbers?

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By Laurent Courtines

I'm here and I am ready to go. Been doing my homework and I have things to say.

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