China Gorman

For more than 25 years, China Gorman has held strategic business leadership roles in the human capital management sector. She's currently the CEO for Great Place to Work, a company dedicated to improving society by helping companies create better workplaces. Well known for her tenure as Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO of SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management), China also held the posts of President of DBM North America, and President of Lee Hecht Harrison, the global consulting division of Adecco, which became the performance leader in its industry under her leadership. Read her blog at ChinaGorman.com, and contact her at china@chinagorman.com.

Articles by China Gorman

Global HR, Talent Management

Gender Diversity in the Workplace: A Problem That Just Isn’t Improving

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Focusing on diversity in the workplace is an essential step in building a great culture.

Advancing gender diversity is a key focus area that organizations should look to, armed with the knowledge that there is still significant progress to make before most workplaces achieve true gender equality.

Women are still significantly underrepresented at all levels in the workforce worldwide. Mercer’s 2013 Human Capital Report (prepared with the World Economic Forum) found that only 60 percent-70 percent of the eligible female population participates in the global workforce, while male participation is in the high 80’s. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Flexible Work Arrangements: Managers Are Key to Their Success

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How would you describe flexible scheduling? Does a standard definition come to mind?

In a new SHRM survey on flexible work arrangements (FWAs), which surveyed 525 HR professionals from a randomly selected sample of SHRM’s membership, “FWAs,” “flex time,” “workplace flexibility,” “flexible scheduling,” etc. are defined under the following definition:

… A dynamic partnership between employers and employees that defines how, when and where work gets done in ways that work for everyone involved (including families, clients and other stakeholders).” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Taking a Supply Chain Approach to Solving the Skills Gap

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It’s an issue that organizations seem consistently faced with today: A lack of skilled workers that can further their growth, success, and ability to compete with competitors.

This “skills gap” is explained by the U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation | Center for Education and Workforce’s new report titled Talent Pipeline Management: A New Approach to Closing the Skills Gap, as a result of education and workforce systems in the U.S that are failing to keep pace with the changing needs of the economy.

So how do we remedy this talent shortage and close the skills gap? Read more…

HR Insights, HR News & Trends

Study: CHROs Are Crucial Allies For the CEO — and, Potential Successors

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The Korn Ferry Institute recently released a report that looks at the leadership traits of “best-in-class” executives, and the important relationship between Chief Executive Officers and Chief Human Resource Officers.

The report CEOs and CHROs: Crucial Allies and Potential Successors (authored by Dave Ulrich and Ellie Filler) confirms that for C-suite roles technical skills are just a fraction of what makes for successful leadership, and that executives in the top 10 percent of pay for their function tend to have leadership styles that motivate employees, develop future leaders, and create appropriate cultures. Read more…

Culture, Rewards & Recognition

Motivating Employees Takes Culture, Peer Recognition, Going the Extra Mile

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What motivates employees?

Is it money? Feeling valued at work? Connecting with a company’s social mission?

All these are good answers, but a new Tinypulse survey from TinyHR titled The 7 Key Trends Impacting Today’s Workplace that analyzed over 200,000 employee responses relating to organizational culture found that “peers and camaraderie” are the No. 1 reason employees go the extra mile. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Why Are America’s Workers Giving Back So Much PTO?

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American employees are taking less vacation time today than at any point in the last four decades.

In fact, in 2013 employees with available Paid Time Off (PTO) took an average of 16 days of vacation, compared to an average of 20 days in 2000.

This is data from a recent report by the U.S Travel Association, conducted by Oxford Economics, which analyzes the impact of forfeited time off. The report’s analysis is based on the Monthly Current Population Survey results reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and a June 2014 survey of 1,303 American workers conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications in conjunction with Oxford Economics. Read more…

Talent Management

New Report Shows Working Dads Benefit From Flex Schedules, Too

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The Working Mother Research Institute (WMRI), in partnership with Ernst & Young, recently released a report aimed at better understanding “how men are navigating the flexible work and home terrain.”

Data from How Men Flex: The Working Mother Report is the result of survey responses from 2,000 men and women (evenly split) with questions aimed at understanding the impact of flexible work arrangements on their lives.

While the impression may be that flexible work arrangements are greater utilized by female employees, WMRI’s data indicates that flexibility in the work environment is both used and desired by men and women equally: Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Is There Really a War For Talent, or Are We Just Paying Lip Service to That?

war for talent

Accenture’s 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey compares the expectations and perceptions of 2014’s university graduates with the realities of the working world according to both 2012 and 2013 graduates.

This comparison casts a focused and specific lens on the issue of entry-level talent development, and, gives us some insightful data.

Accenture’s survey underlines that, at the end of the day, many organizations are not effectively developing their entry-level talent.

When we consider that 69 percent of 2014 graduates state that more training or post-graduate education will be necessary for them to get their desired job, we see that organizations are likely facing a major talent supply problem. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

The Big Disconnect: Study Shows the Gap Between HR and Employees

Skills gap

ADP recently released a report which, based on data they’ve collected from several studies, examines the causes and implications of a persistent disconnect recorded between HR’s and employees’ perceptions.

The topic is an interesting one: Despite the vast improvement in and efficiency of communications tools and processes that we’ve witnessed over the years, employees and HR departments have seemed to maintain notably differing perceptions on many key human capital management effectiveness issues.

This disparity holds true globally, and in companies of all sizes. ADP has noted this trend in three of their ADP Research Institute global studies in 2013: Quantifying Great Human Capital Management, Employee Perspectives on Human Capital Management, and HR 360. Read more…

Culture, HR News & Trends

Want to Make Change Happen? You Need Change Architects to Make It So

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IBM recently released an executive report titled Making Change Work … While the Work Keeps Changing (How change architects lead and manage organizational change).

The report, which is based on data from their latest Making Change Work study seems a very pertinent one for the times.

As a whole, we know that this is a period of significant change for the workforce. We talk about these changes, and how they can and are affecting organizations, but there is significantly less talk around how organizations are successfully managing such change – which is exactly what IBM’s report dives into. Read more…