Category: HR & Staffing

5 Steps to be an Effective Leader

In a world where capital is effectively priced at zero, as much as 30 percent of bottom line performance stems from the leadership’s ability to harness and implement ideas better than its competitors. Yet most companies say their leaders reliably...

/ January 4, 2017

How Effective Chief Digital Officers Navigate Digital Transformations

By Heidrick & Struggles As mobile technology, constant connectivity, and data analytics become increasingly embedded in the fabric of daily life, few businesses have been left untouched. Digital disruption—the changes that result from applying new technology to goods or services—is not...

/ December 7, 2016

New Regulations on Wage Payment Methods in Shanghai

According to the Shanghai Municipal Human Resource and Social Security Bureau, a new regulation on wage payment methods for Shanghai-based organizations went into effect August 1. The new regulation, issued to replace the 2003 version, expands the scope and makes...

/ November 2, 2016

Don’t Forget the Staff Handbook

Many employers in China are overlooking the importance of a staff handbook and instead are relying on an employment contracts, which often don’t include some key provisions. While an employment contract details important terms such as working hours, salary, main...

/ October 31, 2016

Winning the War for Talent in China’s “New Normal”

China’s economy is changing rapidly thanks to the growing purchasing power of the expanding middle class and the digital disruption of multiple sectors. It is little wonder that competition for top Chinese talent—especially in fast-growing China-based companies—is becoming ever more...

/ October 19, 2016

China Implements New Unified Work Permit Pilot Scheme

On September 9, 2016, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs’ (SAFEA) announced that the existing Foreign Expert Permit and Alien Employment License will be merged into a single permit. The new permit introduces a tiered classification system for foreign...

/ October 7, 2016

Four Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Your Next Information Security Chief

Arguably, no hire is more important today than chief information security officer. If that seems like an overstatement, then ask the board of directors of Target, Sony Pictures, Home Depot, J.P. Morgan, or any one of the long list of...

Leveraging IT to Facilitate Efficient Payroll Processing in China

Not so long ago, it was common for organizations in China to share input data for their monthly payroll with their payroll processing vendors through corporate email. It was also not unusual for those vendors to process their clients’ payroll...

/ August 17, 2016

Preventing a leadership crisis in Asia’s talent pipeline

Scarce—and in some cases, unprepared—management talent hampers some multinational companies’ growth ambitions in Asia. Therefore, it is vital for companies to develop a pipeline of prospective leaders. Failing to plan in advance could leave critical positions temporarily unfilled, something that...

Multinational companies’ HR issues larger than ever

The battle for talent is where the larger war for market supremacy will be won. Many talented individuals in China are questioning whether Western-based MNCs are still the employer of choice. Chinese companies are offering competitive compensation packages, attractive career...

/ July 20, 2016