National Study of Employers to be Released by FWI and SHRM on April 29

Apr 14, 2014

Comprehensive survey outlines the state of the nation’s workplaces

NEW YORK — The National Study of Employers report to be released on April 29 will provide a picture of how employers are managing their workforce — from telecommuting policies to economic security — and what has changed in the workplace since the recession.

“The National Study of Employers series is the most comprehensive and far-reaching study of the practices, policies, programs and benefits provided by U.S. employers in response to the changing workforce and the changing nature of work itself,” said Ken Matos, director of research for the Families and Work Institute.

“With data stretching back almost a decade,” he said, “the study provides national benchmarks for issues of major interest to both employers and employees such as workplace flexibility, caregiving leaves, workplace diversity, health care and economic security.”

The study of more than 1,000 employers, designed and conducted by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) in partnership with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), will be released on April 29 at SHRM’s Talent Management Conference in Nashville, Tenn. It will shed light on a host of workplace trends, including:

  • Whether employers are offering more or less caregiving leave to mothers, fathers and other caregivers;
  • What kind of flexibility is on the rise and what is on the decline;
  • How employers are dealing with issues of workplace diversity and workplace stress; and
  • How health care and economic security issues are faring in the wake of health care reform and a volatile economy.

Press briefing: Representatives from FWI and SHRM will share highlights of the study and answer questions via conference call from 2 to 3 p.m. EST/1 to 2 p.m. CST on Tuesday, April 29. Dial-in information is available from FWI and SHRM media relations. The press briefing will be held in Presidential Boardroom A at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville.

Media: To receive a copy of the report or for more information, contact Eve Tahmincioglu of the Families and Work Institute at and 212-465-2044 or Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and

The 2014 National Study of Employers report will be available on the Families and Work Institute website on April 29.

About Families and Work Institute
The Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce, family and community. As a preeminent think tank, FWI is known for being ahead of the curve, identifying emerging issues, and then conducting rigorous research that often challenges common wisdom and provides insight and knowledge. As an action tank, FWI conducts numerous studies that put its research into action and then evaluates the results. Its purpose is to create research to live by. For more information, visit, like us on and follow us on Twitter @FWINews.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.


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