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

HR Management, HR News & Trends

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

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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…

HR News & Trends

Big Issue For 2020 Workforce: Getting Workers, Management on Same Page

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Oxford Economics and SAP recently released the report Workforce 2020: The Looming Talent Crisis aimed at understanding the opportunities and challenges of the evolving workforce. The research is based on survey responses from over 2,700 executives and more than 2,700 employees in 27 countries.

Understanding the core characteristics of “the new face of work,” as SAP puts it, is an important step in recognizing the opportunities and challenges that will come with it. SAP and Oxford Economics’ research identifies several key characteristics of the 2020 workforce, including that it will be an increasingly flexible one. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Survey Shows How Much Millennials Continue to Defy Expectations

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Approximately 80 million Millennials live in the U.S today.

In my last post on talent acquisition trends, I touched on the fact that this group is the largest generation in history and, while the exact percentages vary depending on the research, is expected to make up more than 50 percent of the workforce by 2020.

We may still think of Millennials as “the next generation,” but the fact is that this group will make up the majority of the workforce in the not too distant future, so research on the values and expectations of this generation is valuable – and actionable. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

5 Talent Acquisition Trends You Really Need to Watch

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Ultimate Software (They’re No. 20 on this year’s Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for list) just released a whitepaper that looks at Top 5 Talent Acquisition Trends in today’s market.

As much data as we might see on talent acquisition, it’s a perpetually interesting topic to look at because (and Ultimate Software puts it well), “A company can have the right technology, the right infrastructure, the right products and services – yet still fall short of expectations without the right people.”

People are the heart and soul of an organization, and attracting, hiring, and engaging the right people for an organization is vital to its growth and success. The whitepaper highlights that over the past five years we’ve seen a huge change in the landscape of talent acquisition. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Better Organizational Purpose: It May Be THE Business Game-Changer

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The Deloitte 2014 Core Beliefs and Culture Study proves it again — that those workplaces who focus on creating a meaningful environment for all their stakeholders (customers, employees, and communities) foster a culture of purpose that builds confidence, drives investment, and “can lead to competitive advantage in a time of economic vitality.”

The survey was conducted in February of this year and is designed to explore the concept of workplace culture, defined by a set of timeless core values and beliefs, as a business driver. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Leadership

Leadership Challenges: It’s All About Critical Skills — and Gender Diversity

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Development Dimensions International (DDI) and The Conference Board have recently released a report titled Global Leadership Forecast 2014|2015.

This report, the seventh of its kind published by DDI, includes survey responses from 13,124 leaders, 1,528 global human resource executives, and 2,031 participating organizations.

The volume of respondents allowed DDI to look at findings from a variety of perspectives – multi-national vs. local corporations, spans four leadership levels and leaders/HR professionals of different genders, ages, 48 countries, and 32 major industry categories. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Friends at Work: The Younger You Are, the More Important They Become

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Censuswide and LinkedIn recently partnered up to explore how friendships at work impact employees’ experiences and perspectives of their workplaces.

Their study, titled Relationships @Work, surveyed more than 11,500 full-time professionals between the ages of 18-65 in 14 countries, including the U.S, Sweden, India, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Italy, Indonesia, Brazil and the U.K.

What did they find? A large percentage of professionals surveyed (46 percent) admit that work friendships play a role in their overall happiness, and it’s clear from the research that the amount of value placed on workplace friendships, and the level of confidence (or how personal they were) varies significantly depending on the generation. Read more…

Leadership, Training & Development

The Urgent Need For Leadership Development

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Back in March, I discussed a few takeaways from Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2014 survey. After going through the report again, I think it would be worthwhile to mention some of the other global trends for 2014.

I previously discussed the need to re-skill HR teams, one of the top four (out of 12) global trends that survey respondents perceived as most urgent. I did not, however, discuss the top trend perceived as most urgent by responders — the need to build global leadership.

Fully 38 percent of respondents rated this as “urgent,” 50 percent more than the next trend identified as “urgent.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Digging Down Into How Employees Are Dealing With Financial Stress

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What are organizations doing to help employees manage financial difficulties?

SHRM (in collaboration with Elevate) explored this question in their recent survey Employee Financial Stress. They found that 61 percent of HR professionals would describe their employees’ financial health as no better than “fair,” where 38 percent would describe theirs as “very good” or “good.”

Organizations that had more full-time hourly employees were more likely to have a response of “fair” compared to organizations with fewer full-time hourly employees who were more likely to report better financial health amongst employees. Read more…