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About thenelsontouch

Amit is the founder and managing director of Nelson Touch Consulting, a management consultancy that specializes in maximizing the return on human capital through strategy, incentives and analytics.

The State of Employee Health Care Benefits – An i4cp Research Report

The following is the executive summary of a research report I wrote for the Institute for Corporate Productivity on employee health care benefits.  The full report is available to members of i4cp. I am the director of primary research for … Continue reading

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Paradigms and People

Economics gets a bum rap as the dismal science or the undergraduate major of last resort. The truth is that the subject gains relevance only after you’ve had some real world work experience and are in a management role that … Continue reading

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“Solid State” Compensation – Part 1

There’s an established tradition in the social sciences of borrowing ready-made concepts or equations from physics and other sciences. The most famous is the use of a heat equation in the Black-Scholes option pricing model. There’s a growing movement in … Continue reading

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“Unaltyics” Award Nominee #2

Earlier this year, we launched the 2011 Human Capital Unalytics Award to recognize half-baked thinking in the field of human capital analytics.  We now have a second nominee to consider for the award. If analytics represent the use of data, … Continue reading

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Career Advice on Human Capital Analytics

In my Human Capital Institute (HCI) Executive Conversations webinar on “Making the Most of Human Capital Analytics” earlier today, I did not get a chance to offer the participants advice on how to get started in analytics. Here is the … Continue reading

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Team Incentives and the Free Rider Problem

Team incentives, where an individual’s compensation is based on the team’s performance, are notoriously difficult to implement. Yet more and more work in companies large and small is being done through formal or informal teams. What do we need to … Continue reading

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10 Grains of Salt to go with HR Research

The increasing popularity of human capital analytics has HR professionals contending with more statistics than they bargained for when they entered the field.  Is HR equipped to capitalize on the burgeoning human capital analytical research? My sense, based on questions … Continue reading

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Awash in White Papers

We are inundated with “white papers.”  They appear daily in our e-mail boxes promising expertise. What exactly is a white paper and why are there so many of them all of a sudden? My context for white papers is based … Continue reading

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Getting Started in Human Capital Analytics

Last week I attended the NCHRA (Northern California HR Association) HR Metrics and Analytics conference in Santa Clara, California.  There was a turnout of over 60 Bay Area HR professionals representing a number of diverse organizations. Based on the dialog at … Continue reading

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The Rule of 72

Did you know that you can instantly calculate in your head the number of years that a quantity will double in, given its annual rate of growth? Picture yourself in a conference or discussion where, for example, someone says that … Continue reading

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