Kellogg’s People Analytics Exec Petra Mudder Talks Growing Value By Intermingling Data and HR
Kellogg’s has been leveraging voluntary leave data to better understand turnover patterns and critical populations. Additionally, the company is looking to identify “bright spots” with employees who remain loyal to the brand.
“Connecting previously independent information like engagement data and core HR systems data — and ensuring privacy law compliance and application of ethics standards — provides meaningful insights that can ultimately help reduce turnover and enrich the experience for retained talent,” said Mudder.
The company also hopes to expand its current data use cases, connecting people data with commercial data to garner new insights that will help Kellogg’s understand the impact of its HR programs on business results.
Building a Culture of Inclusivity
Mudder said data has played a significant role in the company’s DE&I efforts, but representation and inclusion have to go beyond just metrics.
“Are we making space for everyone at the table? Do employees feel supported? Are they bringing their whole selves to work? We use our insights to inform talent processes, understand inclusion and engagement levels, and ensure equity,” she said.
And inclusion even expands into the company’s definition of analytics, which extends into Kellogg’s “normal way we do things in HR.”
“We need to be asking, 'What can we do to make our organization better and help our people to thrive?' The data can tell us where to focus and if we are progressing,” said Mudder.
The key, she said, is ensuring that data and analytics are part of the company’s DNA, and not just something that a few specialists do.
“I see a future where we drive great experiences through data-insights and give managers more insights at their fingertips — not simply more data. With this, we will be as intentional about people initiatives as we are about commercial ones. That is the art and the science of improving culture and business.” — Petra Mudder, director of global people analytics, Kellogg Company