Society for Human Resource Management

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SHRM headquarters in Alexandria, Va.
Society for Human Resource Management
Shrm logo.jpg
Motto "Leading people. Leading organizations."
Formation 1948
Type Professional association
Headquarters Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Henry G. (Hank) Jackson
  • SteadyUS$114.56 million (2015)

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a professional human resources membership association headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. SHRM promotes the role of HR as a profession and provides education, certification, and networking to its members, while lobbying Congress on issues pertinent to labor management.


Founded in 1948 as the American Society for Personnel Administration (ASPA), the organization operated on a volunteer basis until 1964, when it established headquarters in Berea, Ohio, and began hiring staff members. In 1984, the headquarters was moved to Alexandria, Va., and in 1989, the organization changed its name to the Society for Human Resource Management.[1]

SHRM was ranked the twelfth largest association in the United States in 2015,[2] bringing in $114.56 million in revenue. The association has more than 575 chapters in the United States and around the world, which provide certification, education and networking opportunities for members. The organization is currently focused on several topics including: the Department of Labor's new overtime regulations, health care reform, the skills gap, workplace flexibility, sexual orientation nondiscrimination, and compensation equity.[3]

Today SHRM has over 400 staff members and over 285,000 members in 165 countries. The President and Chief Executive Officer is Henry G. (Hank) Jackson.[4]


SHRM's Survey Research Center[5] produces original research on emerging workplace issues and their implications for the HR professional and business leaders. Among its research surveys are the annual Employee Benefits Survey[6] and Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Survey[7] and the monthly Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) report.[8] In addition to producing surveys in house, SHRM conducts Customized Research Services for organizations.


SHRM holds annual conferences and regional student conferences. The individual state conferences are organized by SHRM's State Councils.

The 2014 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition took place at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center.

SHRM's national conferences include:

  • The Annual Conference & Exposition[9] is SHRM's biggest conference, attracting around 15,000 attendees every year. Held in June, the conference's keynote speakers have included Duke University men's basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski(2015); Robin Roberts (newscaster) with ABC's Good Morning America (2014); and Hillary Clinton (2012). There are hundreds of concurrent sessions, and an HR marketplace.
  • The Employment Law & Legislative Conference[10] is held in Washington, D.C. every March, with sessions on employment law and legislation that impacts the workplace.
  • The Talent Management Conference & Exposition[11] is held in April and is designed for recruiters, HR generalists and managers with recruiting responsibilities.
  • The Leadership Development Forum[12] is held every year in September and is designed for mid-level managers looking to move into HR leadership roles.
  • The Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition[13] in October is for diversity and inclusion professionals and HR professionals who want comprehensive strategies for diversity and inclusion.

Lobbying activity[edit]

SHRM lobbies governmental bodies regarding workplace law and industry practice. For example, in April 2008, SHRM announced in a press release that its representatives had appeared before the US Senate to petition for changes in the administration of the Family and Medical Leave Act.[14]

Additionally, the organization announced in the November 2003 issue of its HR Magazine that it had submitted a position paper to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suggesting factors the agency should consider when determining how to amend the definition of the term "job applicant" for the purposes of record keeping required by companies in order to comply with affirmative action and anti-discrimination laws.[15]

In 2003, SHRM conducted an e-mail survey of its members intended to gauge the effectiveness of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and provide feedback on how the commission could improve its operations. It presented the results of this survey to the EEOC at a meeting on September 8, 2003.[16]

In November 2006, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) of the U.S. Department of Labor established an alliance with SHRM to encourage and promote the employment of people with disabilities.[17]

In 2015 and 2016, SHRM worked to oppose the United States Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Overtime regulation. The rule greatly increases the salary under which employees are eligible for overtime and the number of the employees who qualify for it.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SHRM History". Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Associations Ranked by Revenue". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  3. ^ 2016 Public Policy Guide.pdf "California SHRM" Check |url= value (help) (PDF). Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Henry G. Jackson Bio". Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Research". Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Employee Benefits Survey". Bloomberg. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Job Satisfaction Survey". The Press Enterprise. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "LINE Report". Career Cast. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Annual Conference". Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Employment Law & Legislative Conference". Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "Talent Management Conference". Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Leadership Development Forum". Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Diversity Conference". Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  14. ^ SHRM Press Release: Who Does the Work When Employees Take FMLA Leave?
  15. ^ HR Magazine, November 2003: SHRM submits definition of 'job applicant' to EEOC
  16. ^ Camille A. Olson (8 September 2003). "Securing EEOC's Continued Effectiveness". EEOC. Archived from the original on 14 September 2007. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  17. ^ Peggy Abrahamson (13 November 2006). "U.S. Department of Labor Forms Alliance with SHRM to Promote Employment of Workers with Disabilities". U.S. Department of Labor. Archived from the original on 14 September 2007. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  18. ^ Dan Cook (30 June 2016). "Securing EEOC's Continued Effectiveness". BenefitsPro. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 

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