Johnny C. Taylor

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Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world's largest HR professional society. He previously served a two-year term as Chair of the SHRM Board of Directors in 2005 and 2006.

 

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

 

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.


 


(Photo: Mark Ralston, AFP/Getty Images)

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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SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., with the WFPMA leadership in Chicago. From left, Bob Morton, Peter Wilson, Leyla Nascimento and Jorge Jauregui.

 

June 16, 2018

 

 


President Donald Trump said no one wins when people with criminal backgrounds are unable to adjust to life outside prison. It’s a waste of human capital, he said.

 

With today’s near record-low unemployment rate, HR professionals and employers are increasingly willing to tap underrepresented groups to fill the skills gaps in the American workforce.

May 18, 2018

 

 

The war for talent hasn’t spared HR. The leaders of our organizations are constantly working to recruit and develop the best and the brightest for this dynamic career. However, when I speak to audiences of business majors and ask how many of them want to pursue a career in HR, few, if any, raise their hands. Our profession has a prestige problem. That is our challenge.

May 8, 2018

 

People are the competitive edge in organizations. Winning companies are capturing the best talent, while others are falling behind because they can’t let go of their preconceived notions about hiring. By clinging to long-standing biases, leaders risk losing out on valuable employees who don’t fit the mold.

April 12, 2018
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Today is Equal Pay Day, and SHRM has an important new public policy statement on compensation equity, the result of months of work by HR professionals led by SHRM.

April 10, 2018

 


 

Our prisons are broken. The United States is home to 4.4 percent of the world's population but nearly 25 percent of the world's inmates. And while the goal of incarceration is to produce law-abiding and rehabilitated citizens, 75 percent of released prisoners are arrested again after five years.

March 21, 2018


 

This morning, I challenged over 650 SHRM members and employment lawyers to elevate our profession. SHRM must fill a broader space than just the practice and procedures of HR.

March 12, 2018

 

Right now, Washington legislators and lobbyists are drafting proposals that will affect every American worker and family. HR professionals understand better than anyone how laws impact the real world of work today and tomorrow. That is why no major piece of U.S. legislation should be written without our say. 

March 9, 2018
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Friday night I had the honor to deliver the University of Houston’s 2018 Elizabeth D. Rockwell Lecture on Ethics and Leadership. This biannual series, created in the wake of the Enron scandal, exists to remind us that legal solutions are never enough to stop ethical failures. Culture always trumps compliance.

February 10, 2018

 

Amid the #MeToo discussions, the same question keeps cropping up: “Where was HR?”

February 6, 2018