People Analytics Design Company


“What would you say, you do here?” (Office Space)


Mike West's People Analytics Writing



Published Books

People Analytics For Dummies

Writing on Lean People Analytics

Getting Results Faster with Lean People Analytics Linkedin.

Introducing Lean People Analytics Linkedin.

The Ten Types of Waste in People Analytics Linkedin.

The Five Models of People Analytics Linkedin.

Writing on Talent Acquisition Analytics

Creating Competitive Advantage with Talent Acquisition Analytics Linkedin.

Measuring Employment Brand and Attraction Linkedin.

Creating Competitive Advantage with Talent Acquisition Analytics Linkedin.

People Analytics Question and Answer Series

What is People Analytics? Sept 30, 2015, Linkedin.

What is not People Analytics? Oct. 3, 2015, Linkedin.

Why People Analytics? Oct. 6, 2015, Linkedin.

What is the history of People Analytics? Oct. 9, 2015. Linkedin

What are the key questions of People Analytics? Oct. 22, 2015, Linkedin.

What is the actual work of People Analytics? Nov 8, 2015, Linkedin.

“What is People Analytics?”, Sept 30, 2015, Linkedin.

Things Lurking Below (You may want to stop here)

Making a Business Case for People Analytics at Your Company (Get Started Guide), Linkedin.

Making a Business Case for People Analytics (with the three A's of Lean People Analytics), Linkedin.

Fueling People Analytics with Feelings, Linkedin.

“Net Promoter Score (NPS) won't work for HR, Net Activated Value (NAV) will”, July 14, 2016, Linkedin.

“Your People Analytics Survival Function”,, July 1, 2016, Linkedin.

“Crossing The People Analytics Chasm”, June 28, 2016, Linkedin.

“Hillary, Trump, Human Resources & the future of the world”, Jun 11, 2016, Linkedin.

“How to game the Best Company to Work For Awards”, May 12, 2016, One Model Blog.

“How traditional HR Metrics lead us astray”, May 5, 2016, Linkedin.

“Toward a new method of human resource management”, April 26, 2016, Linkedin.

“How do we start this People Analytics thing?”, April 23, 2016, Linkedin.

“How your company is doing People Analytics poorly (if you think you aren't doing People Analytics, think again)”, April 11, 2016, Linkedin.

“Why Josh Bersin is wrong about embedded analytics”, March 12, 2016, Linkedin.

“Does People Analytics work?”, February, 22, 2016, Linkedin.

“#1 Reason people quit Google and what they are doing about it”, February 19, 2016. Linkedin.

“My learning from People Analytics and the Future of Work”, January 30, 2016, Linkedin.

“The work of freedom is not finished”, January 18, 2016, Linkedin.

“The most dangerous technology in HR today”, January 15, 2016, Linkedin.

“5 Reasons HR analytics stall and a new way forward”. January 13, 2016, Linkedin.

“What Your HR Analytics technology sales rep doesn’t want you to know”, January 8, 2016, Linkedin.

“Welcome to People Analytics, are you sure you want this job?”, Dec. 29, 2015, Linkedin.

“The future of Human Resources – in 10 principles”, Dec. 20, 2015, Linkedin.

“7 reasons why best practices are not best for you”, Dec. 14, 2015, Linkedin.

“5 Important differences about Google People Analytics”, Dec. 11, 2015, Linkedin

“The single most important number every CHRO should know”, Nov 10, 2015, Linkedin.

“People Analytics Code of Conduct”, Oct. 13, 2015, Linkedin.

“The dirty little secret about People Analytics”, Oct. 12, 2015, Linkedin.

“How to avoid a talent death spiral”, Sept 18, 2015, Linkedin.

“The problem of HR Analytics”, July 7, 2015, Linkedin.

“Please, corporations, experiment on me…”, June 20, 2015, Linkedin.

“Everything Randy Moss says is perfect”, June 11, 2015, Linkedin.


About Mike West

Mike was a pioneer of people analytics at Merck, PetSmart, Google, Children’s Health Dallas, Jawbone, and Pure Storage. Mike has made other data informed human resource management contributions at Atlassian, Udemy, Otsuka, AstraZeneca, University of Minnesota Clerical Labor Union & Hallmark.

Mike was one of a few early analyst hires on Google’s world-renowned People Operations team credited with using data to reinvent HR and turn Google into the talent magnet that it is today. Mike’s contributions at Google included many firsts for people analytics at Google. Since that time Google has built an unparalleled people analytics team and capability using this to both create sustained business growth and win the #1 spot on the Global Fortune Best Company to Work For list an unprecedented eight times. No other company in history has won the overall award more than two times. Seeing how important people analytics is Mike left Google and has made it his life mission to share people analytics with the rest of the world.

*Mike’s firsts at Google included work on Google's first HR data reporting architecture, Google's first employee survey (Happiness and later Googlegeist), Google's first benefits analytics, Google's first employee on-boarding analytics and Google's first employee attrition analytics, which included Google’s first employee exit prediction model.

More detail is available at Mike’s LinkedIn profile.  References available upon request.