Large companies now harness data to assess employees' productivity, but in the future they might use it to anticipate an employee's performance before he/she has even done any work.

That is one of a number of insights into emerging analytical technology in a recent article by Steve Bates of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Brian Kelly, the senior director of strategy for Ultimate Software, told SHRM that his technology can help organizations assess the probability of a prospective employee leaving the company based on a number of personality factors.

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