Currently, web-browsing, location tracking, and social networks can help deliver automated, meaningful measurement of people and predict their behaviors. Our e-mails, social network interactions and mouse clicks are able to be mined for ‘programmatic’ insights. Insurance companies can now learn more from our Internet histories than from a blood test. Personality-based assessment tests accurately measure worker behavior and predict fit and performance.

This ability to measure on a grand scale promises to transform organizational management. There is a  relatively new field of workforce science, which adds predictive analytics to a hiring and talent development playing field that’s long been dominated by gut intuition.