China Gorman is coming back to #trulondon in a week’s time and is asking the question if HR is the department of no. This is China’s thoughts.

How frequently do we hear of HR departments being labeled the “Department of No.” It’s a shame, really, because when HR says “No” it is frequently doing what it’s paid to do: mitigate organization risk as it relates to compliance – at the local, regional and national levels. It’s easy to believe that the average manager in the average organization doesn’t have a clue about the growing complexities of the regulatory environment in which organizations all over the world are doing business.

It’s this context that makes it hard for HR to quickly embrace the new; to lead the charge in identifying new technologies; to be Early Adopters. And yet, HR must learn how to do this. C-Suite pressures for increased productivity, reductions in staff turnover and increased engagement mean HR has to try new approaches, new solutions, new technology, new partners.

At #truLondon this month we’ll have a discussion about what being an Early Adopter means, how to encourage it in yourself and your colleagues, and if it’s even possible for HR to keep risk mitigation and compliance on the back burner while exploring and implementing cutting – or even bleeding – edge approaches to managing talent.

This is always a lively discussion – especially when there are talent acquisition folks in the room. These HR professionals, more than those in any other HR sub-function, seem to embrace the role of Early Adopters (think social and mobile) and maybe even Innovators. We’ll talk about that, too, and see if the characteristics that enable staffing folks to welcome new technologies that can be ported into other HR functions.

If you don’t know China, this is her bio: 

China Gorman

CEO, CMG Group

Connecting HR to Business and Business to HR

For more than 25 years, China has held strategic business leadership roles in the human capital management sector. Currently CEO of the CMG Group, a consultancy supporting solutions providers in the human capital management sector, she is a sought-after speaker and thought leader in the broad human resources marketplace. Data Point Tuesday at www.ChinaGorman.com has quickly become one of the most-read HR blogs.

Well known for her tenure as Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO of SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management), she 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.

China travels extensively – throughout North America, Asia and Europe – speaking to business, professional, corporate and academic groups on topics related to the strategic value of HR in creating business success and implementing effective people management strategies.

Recently appointed to the Strategic Advisory Councils of RiseSmart (www.risesmart.com) in San Jose, CA; Pinstripe in Brookfield, WI (www.pinstripetalent.com); and CVCertify in Herndon, VA (www.acertiv.com) she also serves as Board Chair for the Chicago-based Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (www.cael.org) and on the board of Jobs for America’s Graduates (www.jag.org), headquartered in Alexandria, VA.  A native Midwesterner, China earned a bachelor’s degree from Principia College in Elsah, IL and has completed significant post-graduate work in Organizational Development. 

Blog: www.ChinaGorman

Twitter:  @ChinaGorman

It is good to hear that China sees recruiting as an HR function. It is a debate that we have had on this blog in the past. I particularly noted China’s comments on HR being labelled as the department of no. It is a common perception among many of the people I speak to, at the same time I get to meet plenty of HR professionals who want nothing more than to change this, enabling rather than prohibiting. Please add your views in advance of #truLondon. The event takes place on the 22′nd – 23′rd October. There are 11 tickets left. You can get one HERE

Bill

The #TruLondon6 Schedule.