SHRM: A Great Place to Work

Nov 21, 2013

Human resource association recognized by Washingtonian magazine

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) was honored by The Washingtonian magazine as one of its 50 Great Places to Work.

The professional association and its affiliates employ more than 400 at an Old Town Alexandria headquarters and offices in China, India and the United Arab Emirates.

“As the world’s largest association for human resource management, we are thrilled to be named one of the Washington area’s top employers,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, SHRM’s president and CEO. “SHRM educates HR professionals and employers on workplace best practices. So we are gratified for the recognition that SHRM ‘walks the talk.’ ”

SHRM was chosen by a panel of magazine editors from among 200 Washington-area companies, based on generous pay and benefits, challenging and interesting work, great work/life balance, opportunities to learn and grow, financial stability, commitment to charity and community, and the recognition and respect given to employees. Information from more than 13,000 employee surveys weighed heavily in the final decision.

Four generations of workers are employed by SHRM, which has an employee turnover rate lower than many organizations. SHRM offers exceptional benefits that help meet the interests and needs of employees and the association’s business objectives, including:

  • A minimum 20 hours of professional development and training each year;
  • A bonus structure for all employees, even hourly employees;
  • Flexible work arrangements such as telecommuting and compressed workweeks;
  • Employee-run groups, including a Diversity Action Committee and Toastmasters;
  • Participation in a variety of charity events;
  • Lunches with executives to mark employees’ anniversaries;
  • Employee-to-employee financial recognition awards for excellent work;
  • Company summer picnic and holiday party;
  • A bi-annual survey that allows employees to share their perspectives with management.

The magazine noted that SHRM offers a pension plan and generous tuition assistance. "Employees also rave about the healthy work/life balance," it said.

This is SHRM’s second designation as a Great Place to Work. It also was recognized by The Washingtonian in 2003.

SHRM and other 2013 winners, which include private employers, nonprofits and government agencies, are featured in the December edition of the magazine.

MEDIA: For more information about SHRM as a Great Place to Work, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and or Vanessa Gray at 703-535-6072 and

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 about 260,000 members in more than 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, India and the United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.


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