Global Workforce Management Forum 2017

Global Workforce Management Forum 2017

Thank you for your participation in the Global Workforce Management Forum.

On this page, you will find links to each of the presentations delivered at the Forum, along with a copy of the Agenda and a detailed write-up of the new Birches Group Community™ Skills Development approach.

If you were able to attend, we thank you again for your contributions.  If you were unable to join us in person, enjoy reviewing the presentation information presented here.  Of course, we are happy to answer any questions you may have and hope you can join us in-person at next year’s Forum.

For more information, contact Bea Bartolome, Practice Leader – International Organizations and Bilaterals.


Fourm Agenda

Here is the Agenda from the two-day Forum event.

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Client Feedback Survey Results

What You Told Us

We surveyed the attendees to elicit the most significant challenges and issues they face in managing their global workforce. In this presentation, the results of the survey are summarized, setting the table for the Forum discussions.

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Keynote Address

Keynote Address

Paolo Gallo, Chief Human Resources Officer of the World Economic Forum, delivered the keynote address.  His topic was “The Fourth Industrial Revolution — And You.”  It was a stimulating, thought-provoking and inspirational speech. Unfortunately, it was not recorded.

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The World In Which We Work

The World in Which We Work

We kicked off the Forum with Gary McGillicuddy’s presentation about the world in which we work.  Gary provided an overview of patterns and characteristics of labor markets in developing countries, as a foundation for the remaining sessions.

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Seeking Balance

Seeking Balance

Next, we looked at the Seeking Balance — how to reconcile your market position with market data and organization realities.

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Achieving Balance

Acheiving Balance

In Achieving Balance, we focus on how to customize your compensation approach and salary structure so your program matches your organization dynamics and culture, along with budget and other constraints.

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US Department of State Presentation

US Department of State Compensation Program

Kumiah Harrison from the United States Department of State discusses their compensation management journey over many years, highlighting recent process improvements, including the use of Birches Group software to manage the data used for their scales from multiple survey providers.

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World Economic Forum Incentive Design

World Economic Forum Incentive Plan

Howard Donovan from the World Economic Forum shared how the Forum has adjusted its incentive pay program, which is always challenging in a mission-driven organization.  The new program emphasizes the important of team achievements.

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Special Measures

Special Measures

Birches Group Partner Warren Heaps led a discussion about the need for a Special Measures Policy to address compensation management during crisis periods.  Examples of a crisis include hyperinflation, maxi-devaluations, civil unrest, and natural disasters.

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New Ideas

New Approaches

The final presentation of the Forum featured Gary McGillicuddy introducing new ideas to solve the “pay for performance” dilemma by separating recognition and annual rewards, and introduction of the “Wedding Cake” approach to pay design. Gary also described Birches Group Community™ Performance Management and Skills Development processes and software.

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Download the Skills Development Guide.

What’s new

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