National Study of the Changing Workforce

Jul 25, 2017
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The National Study of the Changing Workforce (NSCW), originally conducted by Families and Work Institute (FWI) and now a project of SHRM, is a major study of the U.S. workforce that takes a comprehensive look at employees’ lives both on and off the job. Conducted every five to six years, the NSCW is the only ongoing, nationally representative survey of a large sample of U.S. workers and has tracked emerging trends essential to attracting, engaging and retaining top talent for more than three decades.

Because the NSCW data is so comprehensive it is not released as one report, but rather the NSCW findings are used to create issue-specific research papers on the changing workforce, that provide actionable information for the business community by determining what employers can do to make work “work” more effectively.


HOW THE NATIONAL STUDY OF THE CHANGING WORKFORCE INTEGRATES WITH SHRM'S WHEN WORK WORKS AWARD

SHRM’s national When Work Works initiative brings research on workplace effectiveness and flexibility into community and business practice is grounded in the results of the NSCW and the National Study of Employers, also originally conducted by FWI and now a project of SHRM with the ongoing help of FWI, which have found that flexibility is a key ingredient in creating effective workplaces that can yield important outcomes for employers and employees alike. A key finding of the 2016 NSCW data is that there are components of the work environment that benefit employers by promoting employees’ job engagement, job satisfaction and intention to remain on the job, and, at the same time, benefit employees by promoting better health and well-being and decreasing conflict in managing their work and personal/family lives. These components comprise SHRM’s Effective Workplace Index, which consists of seven components of an effective workplace.

REPORTS FROM THE 2016 NSCW

Effective Workplace Index

This research examines components of the work environment that benefit employers and employees. SHRM’s Effective Workplace Index consists of the following seven components:
  1. Job Challenge and Learning Opportunities
  2. Supervisor Support for Job Success
  3. Autonomy
  4. Culture of Respect, Trust and Belonging
  5. Work-Life Fit
  6. Satisfaction with Wages, Benefits and Opportunities to Advance
  7. Co-worker Support for Job Success

Coming Soon: Other NSCW Reports

  • Health of the US workforce and perceived support for wellness 
  • Employee resilience 
  • Online communities 
  • Employee engagement 
  • Traditional and non-traditional workspaces 
  • Inclusive work cultures 
  • Workplace flexibility 
  • Disability

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