Towers Perrin announces the launch of a global Human Capital Metrics Database to support human capital decisions

    TORONTO, May 14 /CNW/ - In today's challenging economy, as companies seek
ways to reduce labour costs while improving productivity and performance, many
are struggling to find meaningful data and insights to support their human
capital decisions. Although the business risks of making the wrong decisions
are significant, there hasn't been a source of global, industry-specific data,
benchmarks and analytics to support such decisions.
    To help close this gap, Towers Perrin, a global professional services
firm, is launching a global Human Capital Metrics Database. This database will
provide benchmarks and metrics in such areas as talent, rewards and the HR
function, as well as industry-specific productivity measures, such as sales
per square foot for retailers and premiums per employee for insurers.
    "Organizations are moving beyond the 'thousand points of data' approach
that has traditionally been used to assess the efficiency of the HR function,
and are now seeking sophisticated business tools to provide precise and
reliable data to support strategic human capital decisions," said Keri
Alletson, Towers Perrin. "People practices and investments are fundamental to
business' long-term health and bottom-line. In this economic environment, more
than ever, the provision of actionable data is critical."
    The Human Capital Metrics Database will focus on four key areas to
support enhanced decision making for participating companies:

    -  Human Capital Productivity - financial and industry-specific workforce
       productivity measures
    -  Talent Management - talent measures for key industry-specific
       workforce segments and the overall employee population, covering such
       areas as attraction, retention, engagement, leadership development,
       wellness and safety
    -  Total Labour Costs - efficiency of reward programs
    -  HR Function Performance - efficiency and effectiveness of HR service

    "Being able to more precisely quantify workforce cost and value relative
to business outcomes can provide companies with a real competitive advantage,"
said Alletson. "New technology and sources of data provide focused information
to support short- and long-term business decision making. Companies are able
to make more informed and strategic decisions to improve performance by
understanding the real business value of human capital investments. In today's
economy - this could provide a head start when the economy turns around."
    Organizations interested in participating in the 2009 Human Capital
Metrics database can learn more by visiting downloading
our brochure or emailing the firm at

    About Towers Perrin

    Towers Perrin is a global professional services firm that helps
organizations improve performance through effective people, risk and financial
management. The firm provides innovative solutions in the areas of human
capital strategy, program design and management, and in the areas of risk and
capital management, insurance and reinsurance intermediary services, and
actuarial consulting. Towers Perrin has offices and alliance partners in the
United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America, South Africa, Australia,
New Zealand and the Middle East. More information about Towers Perrin is
available at

For further information:

For further information: Andrea Anders, Ketchum for Towers Perrin,

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