In addition to the many table format reports that you can create using the Natural HR Report builder feature, the Natural HR analytics add on feature gives you the ability to create reports in different formats:
- Bar chart
- Line chart
- Pie chart
- Column chart
A typical chart will provide a visual representation of data with as much information as possible including axes, labels, trend lines and legends.
By contrast, a 'Sparkline' chart is intended to provide a visual representation of data but without axes or coordinates, legends and so on. 'Sparkline' charts are intended to be succinct, memorable, and ideally presented close to where supporting data is available, such as a Natural HR dashboard, also a feature of Natural HR analytics.
Sparkline charts are best suited to line and column formats, in this example we have created a Line chart, click here to view the article how this was done. Here is how the Line chart appears. It has labelled axes, a trend line, and you can hover over a data point to see additional information
To create a new Sparkline chart or to change an existing chart to a Sparkline chart, there is one single additional option to choose. Either 'Edit' an existing report or while you are creating the report, select the 'Minimal chart view' option, this will override any other display options for this site
By contrast, the Sparkline version of the same report will have none of these labels, trend lines, etc, however you can still see additional information by hovering over any data points
Once you have the chart in the format you want, you can add it to an existing, or create a new dashboard. Click here to read an article on creating and sharing a dashboard.
In this example you can see the difference between a 'standard' line chart and the same data presented as a Sparkline chart below it.
You can see the Sparkline versions of the chart can be smaller and more compact, below the chart is the data presented as a table to support the Sparkline chart above.