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, USA
Henry G. (Hank) Jackson
  • SteadyUS$101.83 million (2012)

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a professional human resources membership association headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. The largest association in its field, 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 eighth largest association[2] in the United States based on revenue. The association has more than 575 chapters in the United States and around the world, which provide certification and networking opportunities for members. In April 2014, SHRM opened an office in Sacramento, California.[3]

SHRM has over 450 staff members and over 275,000 members in 140 countries.[4] SHRM has subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. The current President and Chief Executive Officer is Henry G. (Hank) Jackson.[5]


SHRM's Survey Research Center[6] 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[7] and Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Survey[8] and the monthly Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) report.[9] In addition to producing surveys in house, SHRM conducts Customized Research Services for organizations.

Lobbying activity[edit]

SHRM is involved in lobbying 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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]


SHRM holds an Annual Conference each June as well as smaller conferences and regional student conferences throughout the year. Individual state conferences are organized independently 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[14] held in June is SHRM's largest conference, with more than 13,000 attendees.[15]
  • The Employment Law & Legislative Conference[16] is held in Washington, D.C. every March, covering topics about employment law and legislation that impact the workplace.
  • The Talent Management Conference & Exposition[17] is held in April, for recruiters, HR generalists, and managers with recruiting responsibilities.
  • The Emerging LEAD(HR) Conference[18] held in the fall provides education and development for midlevel HR professionals interested in transitioning into leadership roles.
  • The Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition[19] in October is for HR professionals seeking to develop strategies that promote diversity in the workplace.

Continuing education[edit]

  • Online courses: Starting in 2003, SHRM created online courses for its members. More than 200 courses are available, with certificates of completion.[20]
  • Seminars: Online seminars are also available to SHRM members.
  • Certification: In 2014, SHRM announced its competency-based certifications.[21] These include the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).[22]

In 2009, through its relationships with both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), SHRM established professional HR standards in the United States and around the globe.[23]

Publications and services[edit]

HR Magazine,[24] SHRM's largest publication, provides news, features and analysis of topics targeted at HR professionals.

SHRM also produces general and topic-focused newsletters[25] including: HR Week, California Employment Law, Compensation & Benefits, Diversity, Employee Relations & Engagement, Global HR, HR Job Seekers, HR Technology, and several others.

The HR Knowledge Center[26] is a Question & Answer phone call and email service available to members.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SHRM History". Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Associations Ranked by Revenue". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 2010. 
  3. ^ "California SHRM". Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved December 2013. 
  4. ^ "About SHRM". Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Henry G. Jackson Bio". Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Research". Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Employee Benefits Survey". Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Job Satisfaction Survey". Fortune. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "LINE Report". Albuquerque Business First. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  10. ^ SHRM Press Release: Who Does the Work When Employees Take FMLA Leave?
  11. ^ HR Magazine, November 2003: SHRM submits definition of 'job applicant' to EEOC
  12. ^ Camille A. Olson (8 September 2003). "Securing EEOC's Continued Effectiveness". EEOC. Archived from the original on 14 September 2007. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ "Annual Conference". Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Annual Conference". Human Resource Executive. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Employment Law & Legislative Conference". The Human Race Horses. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Talent Management Conference". Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Emerging LEAD(HR) Conference". Retrieved July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Diversity Conference". Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "e-Learning". Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "SHRM Certification". Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "SHRM Certification". Retrieved July 2014. 
  23. ^ "HR Standards". Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "HR Magazine". Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "Newsletters". Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Knowledge Center". NPR. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 

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