SHRM to Participate in Congressional Briefing on Workplace Flexibility

May 16, 2012

Congressional Briefing
Workplace Flexibility: Creating a 21st Century Workplace for a 21st Century Workforce

Media advisory

Many U.S. workers are faced with the undesirable choice between meeting the demands of work and the needs of their families. Workplace flexibility involves organizing work in ways that give employees greater control over when and where they work, while at the same time enabling employers to achieve business objectives. Effective workplace practices benefit both the employee and the employer and meet the individual needs of an organization.

What: Media and policy makers are invited to hear examples and evidence of how workplace flexibility is in the best interests of employees, employers and our nation.


  • Kathleen Christensen (moderator), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a leading expert on workplace flexibility;
  • Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM);
  • Tammy Erickson, founder and CEO of Tammy Erickson Associates and a McKinsey Award-winning author and widely respected expert on organizations and the changing workforce;
  • John C. Parry Jr., CEO of Solix, Inc., a leading provider of program administration, qualification processing and customer care solutions for government and commercial clients.

When: Tuesday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Senate Visitors Center Room 201 (SVC201)
             Coffee and pastries will be served.

Supporters: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho

Background: As the recent special issue “Work, Family and Workplace Flexibility” in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (published by SAGE) makes clear, many American workers experience a tension between their work and family responsibilities.

To meet this challenge, SHRM educates HR professionals and business leaders on the use of workplace flexibility as a business strategy. Flexible policies and programs not only help employers meet the changing needs of employees but increase employees’ job satisfaction, lower turnover and absenteeism, and boost productivity. With its partner, the Families and Work Institute, SHRM shares cutting-edge research and highlights best practices through the “When Work Works” program and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.

Media: For more information, contact Kate Kennedy at and 703-535-6260.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
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