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SHRM Testifies Before Congress on Improving Congressional Staff Retention

SHRM discusses the strategic use of benefits to recruit and retain talent




​In a committee hearing today on improving congressional staff retention and diversity, SHRM—a leading expert and resource on all things work—testified before the committee. 

The House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress held a hearing titled, “Cultivating Diversity and Improving Retention Among Congressional Staff,” at which, Alex Alonso, chief knowledge officer of SHRM, testified on behalf of the organization. 

In Mr. Alonso’s testimony, he discussed the strategic use of benefits to recruit and retain talent and covered the importance of inclusion and diversity in the workplace. He also highlighted a few statistics from SHRM’s popular annual survey on employee benefits, which will be released publicly next week.

“In a labor market such as the current one, benefit offerings are what set organizations apart and can be vital in retaining top talent. This is particularly true for congressional staff,” Alonso said in his testimony. “Departures of congressional employees directly impede the productivity and effectiveness of the committees and personal offices for which staff work. Furthermore, staff departures strip individual offices as well as the institution of critical institutional memory and limit the potential leadership pipelines in Congress.”

MEDIA: For access to Mr. Alonso’s full testimony, please visit shrm.org. To schedule a media interview, please contact Vanessa Hill of SHRM Media Relations at Vanessa.Hill@shrm.org or 703-535-6072. 

About the Society for Human Resource Management

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at SHRM.org and on Twitter @SHRM.






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