On the Road with SHRM

December 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

SHRM’s Chief Global Membership Officer Janet Parker recently led a forty person delegation of HR leaders from 20 states as well as from Singapore and Qatar who have dedicated a week to experience China.  Some of the delegates, a majority of whom are senior HR leaders, are currently doing business in China and others are in the process of setting up business here.  In this installment of “On the Road with SHRM” Janet shares a few highlights from the first days of the trip.


On Monday we met with China International Intellectech Corporation, the leading HR Outsource Provider. They provided us with an overview of the work environment in China including a briefing on China laws. Their primary HR challenge is lack of seasoned leaders and attracting and retaining talent.  They specifically addressed their challenges with retaining younger professionals.

One of the presenters, Susie Bates, VP Recruitment, United Family Healthcare, has been a long-standing member of SHRM.  She advised us that she could not have been as successful in her career without the resources provided by SHRM.

On Monday afternoon, we met with professors and students at Peking University.  The delegation thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the students.  The students were so enthusiastic about their career in Human Resources and were very eager to get our perspective on key HR topics including leadership, culture and retention. Many of the students were members of SHRM and so proud to be affiliated with the Society.

The city is amazing!  It is a unique mixture of old and new.  It is evident from our meetings that strategic HR leadership is critical to the success of businesses in China.

The overall reaction to the visit is that it has exceeded everyone’s expectation.  Looking forward to what’s next over the coming days.



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