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The SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE®) Monthly Report

Employment Expectations -5.2
Recruiting Difficulty -7.8
New-Hire Compensation +2.1


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NEW The New Talent Landscape: Recruiting Difficulty and Skills Shortages

This report examines recruiting difficulty and skills shortages in the U.S. as well as recruiting and training strategies organizations use to address these challenges. Over two-thirds (68%) of HR professionals across industries report challenging recruiting conditions in the current talent market.

NEW 2016 Employee Benefits—20th Anniversary Edition

This annual report looks at benefits prevalence and trends in the U.S. Telecommuting benefits have seen a threefold increase over the past two decades, from 20% in 1996 to 60% in 2016.

NEW Policies on Politics in the Workplace

This survey examined policies on political activities in the workplace, particularly as they relate to the 2016 presidential election. The majority of organizations (72%) discourage political activities in the workplace.

Talent Acquisition: Recruitment and Selection

SHRM surveyed recruiters and HR professionals who recruited as one of their responsibilities to learn more about their experiences sourcing and hiring job candidates. This survey found that the average number of requisitions per recruiter was 40.

2016 Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement: Revitalizing a Changing Workforce

SHRM research releases its annual employee job satisfaction and engagement report. This year's report includes a special feature on Millennials in the workplace.

SHRM Research Overview: Talent Acquisition

SHRM research shows that HR professionals are in the midst of a challenging period for talent acquisition.

SHRM Research Overview: Retirement Savings and Planning Benefits

SHRM research shows that employers are increasing their levels of retirement and financial planning benefits for their employees.

SHRM Research Overview: Health and Wellness Benefits

SHRM research shows that many employers are relying on health benefits as a recruitment and retention tool, and are using wellness programs as a means of controlling health care costs.

Using Competencies to Achieve Business Unit Success—Executive Perspective

SHRM surveyed executives of business units other than HR (e.g., CEO, CFO, Vice President) to learn more about their views of what it takes for leaders to be successful across HR departments and different functional areas such as finance and accounting, sales and marketing, and IT.

Using Social Media for Talent Acquisition—Recruitment and Screening

The purpose of this study was to learn more about how organizations use social media for talent acquisition, with a focus on recruiting and screening of job candidates. Recruiting passive job candidates (82%) continues to be the top reason that organizations use social media for recruitment.

SHRM Research Overview: Flexible Work Arrangements

SHRM research shows that employers' participation in flexible work arrangements (FWA) has increased in recent years, and FWAs have yielded positive results for recruitment and retention efforts.


 SHRM-SIOP Science of HR Series


A collaboration between the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

To further the use and understanding of evidence-based HR practices, SHRM and SIOP have partnered to create a series of resources for HR practitioners. These resources, available to SHRM and SIOP members and affiliates, are specifically intended to infuse the science of Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology and other HR disciplines into management practices for daily use in the workplace.

NEW SHRM-SIOP: Perceived Organizational Support

This paper provides HR professionals, upper-level managers and frontline supervisors with tactics to enhance perceived organizational support and its benefits for employees at their work organizations.

NEW SHRM-SIOP: Conducting Background Checks for Employee Selection

This paper discusses legal considerations in using two components of the background check: criminal history and credit history.

NEW SHRM-SIOP: Engaging and Retaining Mature Workers

This paper provides a review of current research on workforce aging relevant for engaging and retaining mature workers.

SHRM-SIOP: Coaching for Professional Development

This white paper examines the role of coaching as an effective and integral component of leadership development programs.

SHRM-SIOP: Role of Human Resources in Cyber Security

This white paper reviews effective cyber security training for end users of computer systems and offers suggestions about how human resource leaders can effectively implement this training.

SHRM-SIOP: New Talent Strategy

This white paper introduces several new approaches firms may employ to compete for the best talent in a changing world of work.

SHRM-SIOP: Competency Modeling Documentation

This white paper examines why documentation should be considered an essential element of all competency modeling projects.

SHRM-SIOP: Performance Management

This white paper provides evidence-based, practical approaches for improving performance management.

SHRM-SIOP: Managing Diversity

This white paper provides evidence-based recommendations for leveraging diversity.

The Evolution of Employee Opinion Surveys: The Voice of Employees as a Strategic Business Management Tool
The goal of this white paper is to discuss the role of employee surveys as tactical events in business operations, and the importance of having broad-reaching plans following the surveys' results in order to enact positive change.

Applicant Reactions to Selection: HR's Best Practices
This paper bridges the gap between research on job candidate attitudes and behavior and applied practice by highlighting why candidate reactions matter, outlining the key research findings, and sharing a list of best practices for human resource managers directly involved in employee selection

Achieving Well-Being in Retirement: What HR Professionals Need To Know
This paper summarizes the research evidence and makes recommendations for policy makers and individuals to achieve well-being in retirement.

Driving Customer Satisfaction through HR: Creating and Maintaining a Service Climate
This paper presents data highlighting the link between service climate, customer satisfaction and human resource management.

Skill-Based Pay: HR's Role
This paper provides a detailed discussion of its different forms and purposes.

The Aging Workforce Research Initiative

SHRM and the SHRM Foundation have launched an initiative recognizing the value of older workers and identifying -- through original research -- the best practices for employing an aging workforce. This three-year initiative is generously underwritten by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


 Research Services and Resources


SHRM Compensation Data Center
SHRM, in collaboration with Towers Watson Data Services, provides accurate and customized salary information for an entire spectrum of jobs ranging from top executive to entry level positions.

SHRM Customized Benchmarking Service
More than 500 benchmarks available in human capital, benefits, and paid leave customized by industry, staff size and more.

SHRM Customized Research Services
Provides organizations with access to the world’s largest global community of HR professionals for custom survey research projects.

SHRM People InSight: An Employee Job Satisfaction/Engagement Service
Focuses on more than 35 different aspects of job satisfaction and 34 additional factors relating to employee engagement. SHRM administers the online survey to your employees.

SHRM Metro Economic Outlooks
Provides comprehensive analyses of the economies of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States.


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