SHRM Convenes Human Capital Leadership Forum in China

Dec 1, 2008

Forum Brings Together Top Global HR Specialists to Discuss Key HR Trends

BEIJING– The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), headquartered in the United States, hosted its Forum on Human Capital Leadership today in Beijing, where the world’s leading HR association brought together 150 overseas and Chinese senior HR professionals for a bilateral exchange of ideas with a visiting delegation of senior HR executives from the US.

Discussed were SHRM’s 2007–2008 Workplace Trends Lists, which detail what HR issues will affect the workplace the most. On hand to kick-off the forum was Ms. China Miner Gorman, Chief Operating Officer, SHRM.

SHRM, the world’s largest professional association devoted to human resource management, utilized its network of 250,000 members around the globe and expertise to develop the 2007–2008 Workplace Trends List.

In attendance, Brian J. Glade, SPHR, GPHR, Vice President of SHRM, announced the updated trends in 13 areas. Among the most notable items on the lists were corporate social responsibility; employee health, safety and security; employee relations; ethics, and HR consulting/outsourcing.

“We see today’s forum as an opportunity to share SHRM’s findings and insights with our Chinese counterparts as well as a means to establish a dialogue on understanding and addressing HR trends,” said Ms. Gorman. “Moving forward, we look to continue our previous efforts in the market by strengthening our solid relationships with organizations here and building on our global network of local HR practitioners, researchers and academics.”

While the lists of trends are used primarily as a springboard for creating more in-depth, forward-looking content for SHRM members, the lists also a valuable resource, revealing what HR issues experts believe will have the biggest effect on the workplace today and in the years ahead. Key themes emerging from the 13 areas included the importance of globalization and integrating markets; demographic changes and their impact on diversity and labor availability; the implications of increased health care costs; immigration and global labor mobility; and skills shortages and a greater emphasis on talent management.

The 2007–2008 Workplace Trends Lists revealed at the forum were summaries of SHRM’s Special Expertise Panels’ 2007 Trends Reports. Comprised of SHRM members possessing advanced HR skills and experience in one of 13 HR concentrations, the Special Expertise Panels compose Trend Reports by identifying topics of importance to the HR profession. The 2007-2008 Workplace Trends Lists gave forum attendees a chance to learn about the key HR issues of the day collectively.

The attending representatives also shared more cases about the talent strategies of top global companies and discussed such topics as handling the impact of the financial crisis on HR and talent attraction and retention.

Prior to the forum, in September 2008, SHRM released the “SHRM Human Capital Leadership Awards” to recognize and honor HR departments that play key roles in driving the performance and the reputation of an organization, that are catalysts for organization-wide change and whose HR professionals serve as trusted advisors on organizational strategy.


About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at


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