New Staffing Standards Development Taskforce Formed

Apr 29, 2009
For Additional Information Contact:
Lee Webster
(703) 535-6047

New Staffing Standards Development Taskforce Formed

Alexandria, Va. -- The Society for Human Resource Manage​ment (SHRM) today announced the formation of a new taskforce responsible for developing the first Human Resource Standards for Staffing and Workforce Planning (S/WP).

The S/WP Taskforce, one of several new SHRM standards taskforces that will launch this year, is an outgrowth of SHRM’s designation in February as a Standards Development Organization (SDO) by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Initially the taskforce will seek three consensus standards: Workforce Planning Procedures, Cost Per Hire Determination, and Core Elements of a Job Description.

The SHRM standards initiatives will follow a recognized protocol for broad-based professional 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 standards are released for publication in their final form. Each standard will be individually submitted for formal certification as an ANSI standard at the time of their completion.

SHRM will serve as the Secretariat for the S/WP Taskforce. Representatives from the following four interest categories will serve on the taskforce: Practitioner representatives (human resources professionals), Customers (public and private sector organizations and employees), Developers (suppliers and vendors, academics, attorneys, researchers, and consultants) and General Interest representatives (all other interested parties). Membership on the committee will be sufficiently diverse to assure reasonable balance without dominance by a single interest category.

Potential representatives of each interest group should be professionally qualified by education and experience.

Persons who wish to apply for membership on this committee or to nominate another to serve on the committee should email Lee Webster, Director, HR Standards, at HRSTDS@SHRM.ORG no later than May 30, 2009. Committee members will be expected to comply with written SHRM consensus standard procedures and with the written SHRM Conflict-of-Interest and Anti-trust Compliance policies.

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.

About SHRM
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 at

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