China Gorman

About the Author

China Gorman is a successful global business executive in the competitive Human Capital Management (HCM) sector. She is a sought-after consultant, speaker and writer bringing the CEO perspective to the challenges of building cultures of humanity for top performance and innovation, and strengthening the business impact of Human Resources.

Well known for her tenure as CEO of the Great Place to Work Institute, COO and interim CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and President of Lee Hecht Harrison, China works with HCM organizations all over the world to enhance their brands and their go-to-market strategies. Additionally, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates as well as the Advisory Boards of Elevated Careers, the Workforce Institute at Kronos, and WorldBlu. Addtionally, she chairs the Globoforce WorkHuman Advisory Board and the Universum North America Board. China is the author of the popular blog Data Point Tuesday, and is published and frequently quoted in media properties like Fortune, TLNT, Huffington Post, Inc., Fast Company, U.S. News & World Report and many others.

The Future of Work Is Going Freelance

Independent Work:  Choice, Necessity, and the Gig Economy from the McKinsey Global Institute, is fascinating reading. If you’re in HR, talent acquisition or are a leader of people, you’ve probably been paying attention to the coverage of the “Gig Economy” or the “Contingent Workforce.” Mary Meeker wrote about it in the Internet Trends…

The HR Analytics Rocking Horse: Lots of Action, Little Progress

As we head full-on into the second month of 2017, a friend sent me the link to a survey analysis that is extremely eye-opening. Still Under Construction:  The State of HR Analytics 2016, conducted and published by the New Talent Management Network, has some compelling data about how HR functions are deploying higher…

The Future of L&D Is More Different Than You Think

Every year, the Deloitte Human Capital Trends report is a treasure trove of insight into organization behavior and opportunities for success. You can go back to it multiple times and get something new each time. This is true for the 2016 report as it was for previous reports. I was re-reading the chapter…

Hiring Managers to HR: Improve Your Recruiting

Visier’s The Demand for Data-Driven Talent Acquisition report is a very quick read and gives some interesting data to consider as you plan your 2017 talent acquisition activities. The opening paragraph of this short white paper sets the stage for some interesting data points: With countless recruiting-related technologies and assessment options on the market, business…

“Once and Done” Training Doesn’t Cut It

I’ve written before that middle managers are the tip of the spear, organizationally speaking, for everything. Productivity? Check. Change management? Check. Communication? Check. Culture? Check. Engagement? Check. Talent development? Check. Retention/turnover? Check. Everything. I ran across a good little white paper from Grovo, a workplace learning company, that underscores this point, yet again….

A Growing Challenge: Getting Employers Ready for Legal Marijuana

I just read an interesting report from Assurex Global, titled Workplace Impacts of Marijuana Legalization, that opened up my eyes to a growing employer challenge. If you don’t live in – or have employees in – the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska or Colorado, you’ve probably wondered about how it works to have…

Want to Drive Culture Change? Try It With Leadership Development

I recently ran across the third report in the Real Work Leadership series of reports from Korn Ferry. Create an Engaging Culture for Greater Impact looks at changing culture through the lens of leadership development. It’s an interesting take. The report is the analysis of a global survey of views on leadership development…

Job Seeker Nation Study Digs Into What Job Seekers Are Most Concerned About

Jobvite’s 2016 Job Seeker Nation Study is out. It’s always an interesting read. (Here’s my post on their 2015 survey.) And this year is no different. There is information on who’s looking, who’s not looking, who’s having a hard time finding a job, and who isn’t. There are some fascinating data points. And like…

Do You Know What Your Candidates Are Thinking?

It’s here! The 2015 Talent Board North American Candidate Experience Research Report was published a couple of weeks ago. And if you have any interest at all in the relationship between the experience your employment candidates in the application process and your ability to actually hire the right talent, this report is a…

How Do HR’s Challenges and the Organization’s People Priorities Stack Up?

I love great graphics. Great graphics can really make a point. They can help people digest complex data points and make sense out of the numbers. Quantum Workplace’s new report, the State of Employee Feedback, does all of these things. The things I found most interesting about the data, however, was not about the state…

Is Quality of Hire a Vaguely Valid Business Metric?

In November I wrote about Linkedin’s 2016 Global Recruiting Trends Report (you can re-read it here) and took them to task about their methodology. Turns out they did a bit of a miscalculation and corrected data that looked askew. Good for them. As I looked at a relatively new infographic about their survey data,…

Some Surprising Insights Into America’s Hourly Employees

Here’s an eye opening insight: As of 2014, hourly workers make up 56.7 percent of the United States workforce. Think about that for a moment. More than half of all people working the U.S. make an hourly wage. That’s 77.2 million workers aged 16 and up. Yet there is little data to be…

A Sobering Look at How Work — and Workers — Are Changing Globally

I’m a big fan of the SHRM Foundation. The resources they put in the hands of HR professionals all over the world are impressive. They do this by funding academic research in areas of interest to HR and business leaders, they provide scholarships for HR professionals to further their professional development and credentials,…

When China Goes to Cuba: More Insights From an HR-Focused Visit

Gerry Crispin and I led a delegation of 21 senior HR executives to Cuba last week. I’m still processing what we experienced and learned, but wanted to share some high level observations for you. First of all, read Laurie Ruettimann’s blog post from yesterday. Her take is, as always, captivating and profound. Second,…