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What can you do to get started with Evidence-Based HR? What can HR learn from other domains? Takeaways from our gathering in a jazz club, with Rob Briner, Eric Barends, Cédric Velghe and Philippe Vandekerckhove.

Leaders Lunch: Evidence at Work


Making a difference with evidence

Within HR, evidence-based practices are still perceived by many as too narrow or hard. Nevertheless we know that, in principle, it helps people to be more effective in their decisions at work. Evidence-based HR can be part of inclusive approach, valuing different perspectives and with an openness towards softer, less tangible practices.

We gathered around the topic in a Brussels' jazz club, together with renowned experts and a group of HR leaders. You'll find the presentations below.

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. ~ Stephen Hawking

Presentations

Professor Rob Briner & Eric Barends, respectively Academic Director & Managing Director of our partner Center for Evidence-Based Management (CEBMa), gave a pragmatic introduction on what you can do to get started with evidence-based HR.

Cédric Velghe, Managing Director of The VIGOR Unit, illustrated this with a step-by-step demo of a real HR case.

Philippe Vandekerckhove, CEO of Belgian Red Cross Flanders, provided advice on what HR can learn from applications in other fields and why the HR sector should be the first to embrace an EB approach.

Key takeaways

The organizations / clients / users of HR:

  • Must train managers in EB awareness
  • Must recruit or train enough scientifically oriented HR people
  • Can save a lot of money by stopping to “buy” non-EB practices
  • Should only use consultants that work EB

The HR sector needs:

  • More and better research
  • To use the available EB guidelines more consistently
  • Recruit enough scientifically trained people
  • Mechanisms to stop non-EB practice

Thanks to co-organizers CEBMa and The VIGOR Unit, media-partners WisKeys and HRMagazine, presenter Els Aelbrecht, visual artist Frédéric Williquet, photographer Raf Michiels, host The Music Village and all attendees.

Pictures by Raf Michiels






Edward Vanhoutte

Edward is the founder of Balance HR. Before, he worked in various HR management and consulting roles. He has a special interest in evidence-based HR and social impact. And in all sorts of music, drawing and mountain biking with friends. "My professional mission is to create better work for all. I want to make work more impactful and workable, especially for those who don't get the chances they deserve".




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