Johnny C. Taylor

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Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers every day.

As a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors the weekly USA Today column, "Ask HR."

Mr. Taylor's career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom's Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC, and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

He is a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and chairs the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He serves on the boards of the University of Miami, Jobs for America's Graduates, the American Red Cross and Guild Education.

In 2020, Mr. Taylor was named one of Savoy magazine’s “Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America” and later that year received the Distinguished Executive of the Year Award from the Academy of Management.

He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C., and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.

 

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Articles by Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

 

As the world gets back to work, we know it won’t be business as usual. HR leaders are the ones who will put workplaces back together—with better-than-ever-before practices and policies that will help employers and employees thrive.

May 3, 2021

 

Happy New Year to our esteemed SHRM members and to all who value the HR profession. I know you join me in wishing 2021 brings good health and business recovery—and I believe it will, thanks to HR leaders like you.

January 5, 2021

 

 

Welcome to HBCU Week, when we celebrate America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their contributions to our communities, companies and society.

September 21, 2020

There is no denying 2020 has delivered an abundance of challenges for all of us, both personally and professionally. Just when it looked like we could start planning for life after COVID-19, and begin to navigate a shaky economy, the explosive pain of racial injustice contorted our society.

August 3, 2020

 

In the weeks since COVID-19 proceeded to turn our workplaces inside out, I have received dozens of calls from my fellow CEOs looking for insights and advice. Many are asking SHRM about best practices for protecting their workers and transitioning to a virtual operation.

Others are looking for help making hard decisions about furloughs, layoffs, and sustainability of the enterprise itself.

April 2, 2020

 

In a busy election year, it’s not as easy to be heard when we advocate for policies that will improve people’s lives and make our workforce stronger. There’s too much noise.

March 6, 2020
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Humans have one unique ability that sets us apart from machines and animals: The ability to imagine and create. But has your workforce been given the opportunity to be human? Are you providing employees the space to achieve their full potential?

Or worse, is your workplace actually working against them?

January 13, 2020

 

SHRM is out front and leading the conversation on the most critical issues facing today’s workplaces— like healthcare, workforce development, inclusion and civility.

September 3, 2019

We’ve all heard the saying: people don’t quit their jobs; they quit their managers.

But in my experience, the problem is always bigger than one toxic individual. Unsatisfying work is a product of an unsatisfying workplace.

June 17, 2019

Today, as advocates celebrate Equal Pay Day, we’ll be reminded that there is a pay gap between men and women. But calculating the differences is far more complex than applying a simple formula, and the causes remain hard to explain.

April 2, 2019

 

Today’s college graduates are starting their careers with an average of almost $40,000 in student debt. That data point surely shapes students’ and families' decisions on where to go to college, what to study and whether higher education is even worth it.

December 10, 2018

 

This was first published as the “Ask HR” column in USA TODAY.


 

Those who know me understand that I can act as a provocateur in conversations. I question. I disagree. I offer a counter-point.

November 6, 2018

 

This was first published as the “Ask HR” column in USA TODAY.


 


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A year ago, high-profile allegations of sexual harassment set off the #MeToo movement. Since then, the shockwaves have disrupted workplaces across the country.

October 9, 2018

This summer SHRM celebrated a record-breaking 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago.

September 11, 2018

 


 

There has never been a greater need to talk about what’s happening in the world of work. Workplace issues are more than headlines; they have real-life impact on employees and employers every day.

September 5, 2018

 

This morning I had the opportunity to testify before the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions to express and explain  SHRM’s support for H.R. 4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act.

July 24, 2018

 

 

The Trump Administration's proposal to combine the Department of Labor with the Department of Education may seem on its face like a smaller-government effort to reduce redundancy and create efficiency. But for our nation’s employers and workers, it could contain solutions to one of the most serious problems facing our nation: the growing tsunami of workforce skill shortages that threatens our global competitiveness and our economic future.

Basically, America’s workforces are not prepared to do the jobs of tomorrow, or even today.

July 19, 2018

Earlier this week, I had the honor of addressing the largest gathering of HR professionals in history at the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition. The record-breaking attendance in Chicago signals that our profession is serious about transforming and elevating the work we do and the workforces we serve.

There has never been a better moment to be in our business—the business of people.

June 19, 2018
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