HR Groups Partner on Flexible Workplace Initiative

February 3, 2011 ( – Two workplace groups are joining together to promote a new initiative supporting flexible workplace practices.

A news release about the “Moving Work Forward” project, supported by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Families and Work Institute (FWI), offers research on how flexible workplaces can benefit employers and employees and helps employers develop flexible workplace cultures.

The multiyear partnership, which combines FWI’s research on the changing workforce, family and community with SHRM’s more than 250,000 human resource professionals, is intended to help transform workplaces by highlighting the importance of flexible workplace strategies to improve the bottom line, the news release said.

“Workplace flexibility helps businesses succeed and employees thrive by giving people an integral role in deciding how, when and where they do their best work,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, in the news release.  “That means higher productivity and employee engagement, lower turnover costs and more innovation — in short, a more competitive organization that is better prepared for what’s next.”

Efforts include:  

  • The partnership will develop educational materials and practical tools to help employers and human resource professionals advocate for and implement effective and flexible workplace strategies.
  • The partnership will conduct and share research with employers on how effective and flexible workplaces can benefit employers and employees.
  • The partnership will host a work-life conference Novembrer 7-9 in Washington, which will engage human resource thought leaders from the areas of work-life, talent management, diversity and inclusion, and workplace effectiveness.

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