SHRM Leads Effort to Form New Performance Management Standards Development Taskforce for Human Resources

Jun 23, 2009
SHRM Leads Effort to Form New Performance Management Standards Development Taskforce for Human Resources

Alexandria, Va. – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) today announced the formation of a balanced, professional taskforce to develop a consensus “Standard for Performance Management” for the human resources profession. In February, SHRM was designated as the exclusive U.S. developer of human resources standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The formation of the new taskforce is the continuation of SHRM’s ongoing efforts to provide more cost-effective, efficient and growth-oriented ways for human resources organizations to set effective performance goals, evaluate progress toward goal accomplishment and address performance problems. SHRM will serve as the taskforce’s Secretariat.

This work to define a common standard will identify the key elements of an effective system without restricting firms from customizing system specifically to match their unique business climates. Consistency in content and formats will improve employee performance information sharing within and among organizations. Besides reducing transactional costs, the outputs from applying these standards will also enhance the effectiveness of talent acquisition, succession planning, and competency development programs.

The new taskforce will follow recognized, national consensus standard protocol, including broad-based profession and public interest participation; formal balloting; a process for resolution of negative ballots and conflicting viewpoints; an appeals process; and a period for public review and comment before the Standard is released in early 2010 for publication in its final form.

The Standard will be submitted for formal certification as an ANSI standard once completed in 2010; it is not intended to replace or supplant any existing or executory ANSI standards involving related subject matters. However, the procedure that will be used to develop the Standard will closely follow the ANSI National Consensus Standard Protocol.

Membership on the taskforce will be sufficiently diverse to assure reasonable balance without dominance by a single interest category. SHRM is seeking representation from three interest categories: 1) Practitioner representatives (human resources professionals); 2) Developer (academics and consultants) and customer representatives (public and private sector organizations, managers, and employees); and, 3) General Interest representatives (all other interested parties).

Potential representatives should be professionally qualified by both education and experience. Persons who wish to apply for membership or to nominate another to serve on the taskforce should contact Lee Webster, Director, HR Standards, Society for Human Resource Management, 1800 Duke Street, Alexandria VA, 22314, no later than July 31, 2009.

Taskforce members will be expected to comply with written SHRM Consensus Standard protocol and with the written SHRM Conflict-of-Interest and Anti-trust Compliance policies.


About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM online at

About ANSI
The American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) is the national coordinator of voluntary standards development and the clearinghouse in the USA for information on national and international standards.

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