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Bring me a Higher… Purpose!

Data Point Tuesday
The Importance of Connecting Employees to a Clear Corporate Mission

A recent study by Spherion, “The 2013 Emerging Workforce” examines the 2013 workforce and the post-recession resurgence of the “emergent worker mentality” characterized by the study as one which focuses on a free-agency style employment. While the study provides data to support this point it is more than likely we have experienced the validity of this resurgence in our daily lives, perhaps witnessing friends or colleagues job-hopping more frequently, or seeing an increased social conscience in employees and new talent. Whether we’ve confirmed suspicions that our current workforce is driven by a very different set of factors than previous generations or not, insights from this report can help to remind us of the importance of understanding this emergent worker mentality.

Data supports that connecting employees to an organizations values and greater corporate mission is one of the most influential attributes of job satisfaction for the emergent worker. 70% of respondents from Spherion’s study who worked for a company with “a clear mission and follow through” reported that their level of job satisfaction was very/extremely good , compared to a job satisfaction rate of just 23% for organizations with no clear mission and follow through. As Jake Magleby stated in a blog published by Great Place to Work last month: “Businesses with vision are often more successful than their competitors. This is because people like to support a specific cause or purpose. Business leaders who recognize this can develop a vision for their company that is based on common values and shared goals… This vision for a better world is something that most people not only relate to, but very much want to support. This support translates into a healthy bottom line for the company and a healthier community”.

Data from Spherion’s 2013 Emerging Workforce Study not only confirms that employees at companies with a clear mission are more satisfied with their jobs but are also that they are more likely to stay at their jobs. 70% of respondents at a company with a clear mission and follow through reported that the likelihood they would stay at their current job for the next five years was excellent/very good, and only 21% responded that they were at least somewhat likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months. Additionally, respondents from companies with a clear mission and follow through felt more confident in their growth potential than employees from organizations without a clear mission and follow through. Given these returns, all organizations should consider making their mission and values even more visible and relatable for employees and this has been a top priority for me in my new role at Great Place to Work. Does your company place a premium on mission and values? What actions do you take to connect employees to your mission?




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A New Chapter Begins!

Great Place to Work® Institute Names China Gorman CEOGPTW Logo

SAN FRANCISCO – September 10, 2013 – 

Great Place to Work® announced today the appointment of China Gorman as Chief Executive Officer.

“China Gorman is uniquely qualified to take the helm at Great Place to Work, leading both the US business and affiliate network around the world,” said Robert Levering, co-founder of Great Place to Work.  “She knows the HR consulting industry, inside and out. Her leadership style relies on building trust, which we know is essential for the success of any business.”

Levering, who assumed the interim position of Chief Executive Officer earlier this year, will continue on as an advisor for several months, onboarding Gorman, and providing support to the Global Affiliate Headquarters team.

Most recently Gorman has operated her own independent consultancy, CMG Group.  Previously, she held COO and interim CEO positions with the Society for Human Resources, the world’s largest professional association for human resource professionals.  She also led LHH, a global Human Capital Management consultancy.  Gorman writes a popular HR Data blog series at chinagorman.com

“My lifelong aspiration has been to work in and lead organizations with a mission to make a difference in the world and the lives of individuals, and so feel a special kinship with Great Place to Work’s mission to build a better society by helping companies transform their workplaces,” said Gorman. “I am honored to be joining the Great Place to Work team members around the world who are living this mission every day.”

Gorman holds a BA from Principia College and lives together with her husband in Las Vegas, NV.  She assumed her duties on September 9th, in San Francisco Headquarters.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work® is a global consulting and management training firm specializing in workplace excellence and development of high-trust organizational cultures. Its proprietary research tool, the Trust Index© Employee Survey is taken by over 10 million employees in 45 countries annually. Leading companies worldwide apply its Model® to increase the levels of trust across their organizations and drive business results. Annually, Great Place to Work® produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list and the Great Place to Work® Best Small and Medium Workplaces list.  Follow Great Place to Work® online at www.greatplacetowork.com and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.


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