The Millennials are coming!
—CBS News, February 11, 2009
Learning and development (L&D) generally represents an organization’s single largest investment in its people. The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) estimates that U.S. organizations spent over $150 billion on training in 2011.1 Our intent with this book is to show you how you can use analytics to better manage the learning and development needs of a thriving organization in a rapidly changing environment. It is no coincidence that the field of human capital analytics is growing in popularity at a time when organizations are managing up to five generational cohorts in the workplace. These generational groups represent different backgrounds, ideals, challenges, and opportunities, many of which can be better understood through the various analytical tactics presented in this book. It’s going to take the evidence and insights from analytics for organizations to effectively manage their workforces—and their human capital—for competitive advantage.
Despite what the buzz around the Baby Boomers and the Millennials may have you believe, there are five generations in the current workforce:
For the purposes of our discussion, in this chapter we focus on the three ...