I’m pleased and excited about SHRM’s new working partnership with the nation’s pre-eminent resource for workplace flexibility research and information, the Families and Work Institute. The theme of our partnership is “Moving Work Forward.”
Together, our organizations create an unmatched powerhouse of information on what may be the most important issue facing the 21st century workplace. The availability of this new combination of resources and abilities will prove to be a game-changer in the way businesses and government view and support effective and flexible workplaces.
Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a 21-year-old, non-profit, non-partisan research organization and think tank focused on the changing workforce, family and community. Recognized nationally, it is highly regarded by CEOs, policymakers, Congress and multiple administrations. Just recently, it has been asked by the White House to lead or support several initiatives concerning work-life flexibility.
This is an issue that will dominate human capital management in the coming few years—it’s what’s next. Research by both SHRM and FWI reinforces that the quest for work-life fit has emerged as one of the most pressing issues for both organizations and their employees. Effective flexibility helps businesses succeed and employees thrive by giving people an integral role in deciding how, when and where they do their best work.
The feedback we’ve received from you, our members, made it clear that you wanted SHRM to do more to help you navigate the options in implementing a flexible and productive workplace. Our multi-year partnership with FWI is an exponential leap forward in providing you with that assistance. What’s more, it will further position SHRM as a national thought leader on the issue of workplace flexibility.
Here are just some of the benefits that we foresee from this linking of thought leaders:
Premier Conference: Together, our organizations will host an unprecedented annual work-life conference, starting this fall in Washington, D.C., to engage the leading thought leaders on flexible workplaces—and the HR professionals who will implement them.
Practical Tools: The partnership will develop educational materials and practical tools to help you and your employers implement and advocate flexible workplaces and related policies.
Research: SHRM and FWI will share research with you on how flexible and effective workplaces can benefit employers and employees alike.
Awards: We will co-brand FWI’s “When Work Works” initiative, which brings relevant research directly into community and business practice. The initiative also recognizes exemplary employers through the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.
Training: Educate and train HR professionals through our 600 chapters, so they can make the case for effective workplace policies within their organizations.
I believe that SHRM and FWI are natural partners with common priorities. Our partnership will bring FWI’s rigorous and respected research and expertise to an engaged and influential audience of business leaders—you, our members. Together, we will transform workplaces by highlighting the importance of flexible workplace strategies to an organization’s bottom line.
We look forward to sharing more on this groundbreaking partnership with Families and Work Institute, including presentations at SHRM’s upcoming Employment Law and Legislative, Talent and Staffing Management, and Annual conferences.