Gweru, Main Campus – With the aim of advancing the understanding of the role of Human Resource (HR) Analytics within the contemporary world of work, Midlands State University’s Faculty of Social Sciences is hosting a blended international conference from the 25th to the 26th of April 2024.

Running under the theme, “Transforming Business Practice Through Human Resource Analytics,” the conference brings together students, academics and professionals in the field.

In her welcome remarks, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Chipo Hungwe underscored the importance of HR Analytics which revolutionise the way organisations approach talent management, employee engagement and decision-making processes.

“It has become increasingly clear that data driven insights are invaluable in shaping effective HR strategies and policies, ultimately leading to enhanced organisational performance and employee wellbeing,” said Professor Hungwe.

Whilst giving his opening remarks, MSU Vice Chancellor, Professor Victor Ngonidzashe Muzvidziwa indicated that Midlands State University was the first university in Zimbabwe to offer a degree in Human Resources Management.

“We are gathered to explore the transformative power of human resource analytics in today’s rapidly evolving world and we delve into value-addition through human resource analytics of data driven decision making.

“By leveraging the power of HR Analytics, we can uncover insights that enable us to optimise talent acquisition, development and retention strategies and through HR analytics,” said Professor Muzvidziwa.

In her keynote address, international HR coach Dr. Mavis Mazhura noted that HR Analytics is the use of data and statistical methods to analyse and interpret human resources-related information and it plays a crucial role in modern organisations and offers several important benefits.

“The benefits include data driven decision-making, forecasting of employee turnover rates, identification of potential flight risks and anticipation of skill gaps in the organisation.

“HR analytics can help improve the recruitment process by identifying the most effective sourcing channels, optimising job descriptions, and streamlining the candidate selection process,” Dr. Mazhura noted.

Following the address, a question-and-answer segment enabled further enlightened the participants on areas to do with HR Analytics.

The international conference hosted by Midlands State University’s Faculty of Social Sciences highlights the crucial role of HR Analytics in revolutionising talent management, employee engagement, and decision-making, ultimately leading to enhanced organisational performance and employee well-being.

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