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Survey Findings 

 Recent Survey Findings

NEW Diversity and Inclusion 
This survey examines organizations’ diversity and inclusion policies and practices and includes trend data and comparisons across organizational size.

 HR Jobs Pulse Survey Report
The new survey examines hiring trends in the HR profession as well as HR professionals' faith in their own job security and ability to find work elsewhere. 

 2013 State of Employee Benefits in the Workplace Series
The purpose of the 2013 State of Employee Benefits in the Workplace series is to determine what types of benefits organizations currently offer and how they leverage these benefits to recruit and retain employees.

2013 Holiday/Year-End Activities
Two-thirds (66%) of organizations plan to have a 2013 end-of-year/holiday party. 

Paid Leave in the Workplace
Approximately one-half (52%) of organizations offer paid time off (PTO) plans to their full-time employees, whereas 41% offer paid vacation plans and 34% offer paid sick leave plans

SHRM/U.S. Travel Association: Vacation's Impact on the Workplace
SHRM, in collaboration with U.S. Travel Association, conducted a survey to examine HR professionals' opinions about the importance of vacation.


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 HR and Social Media

Social Networking Websites and Online Search Engines as HR Tools

SHRM conducted a series of surveys with members in the employment/recruiting job function about the use of social networking websites in recruiting and screening job candidates.

For the purposes of this series, social networking websites refer to sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace, etc. and online search engines examples include Google, Yahoo, Mozilla, Bing, etc.

SHRM Survey Findings

Case Studies

Expert Q & A's

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Survey Snapshot

Background Checking – Reference, Credit and Criminal

Why do employers conduct background checks, what type of job candidates do employers investigate, what information in a job candidate’s consumer report could have adverse effect on the decision to hire?

In November 2009, SHRM conducted a comprehensive survey that looked at background checking on job candidates. The survey explored the primary reasons organizations conduct background checks, the categories of job candidates organizations conduct background checks on and other related topics.

The research is divided into the following sections:


I/O AT WORK: Bringing the science behind HR to you is a free resource for HR managers and executives, providing quick reviews of the latest HR-related research. Check it out now – even search by topics important to you including recruiting, selection, job performance, training, and many more.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Top 5 Survey Findings

55% of companies conduct pre-employment drug testing on all job candidates. Background Checking: Drug Testing (SHRM, 2010)

The two characteristics most likely to make a job candidate stand out positively during the job interview process are skills that are directly applicable to the job, 56%, and a “good fit” with other team members and/or the organization, 42%.Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts for Job Seekers SHRM Poll (2009)

A majority of companies, 90%, agree that online degrees are viewed more favorably today than five years ago. Credibility of Online Degrees SHRM Poll (2009)

32% of companies say that the biggest threat to the retirement savings of employees at their organization is that employees are not saving enough. The U.S. Recession and Its Impact on Employee Retirement SHRM Poll (2009)

Hiring of undergraduates dipped slightly in 2009 compared with previous years. The Hiring of 2009 Graduates During the Economic Downturn SHRM Poll (2009)

 ‭(Hidden)‬ SHRM Top Ten Research Findings

Throughout the year, SHRM's Research Department studies trends affecting the HR professions.

Click here for a listing of the ten most significant findings from research conducted in 2011.

 Fast Fact

 Ongoing Impact of the Recession Series

NEW New data released in March 2013: How is the economic recession impacting U.S. employers? This research examines topics such as recruiting and skill gaps, organizational financial health and hiring, and global competition and hiring strategies. In addition to providing overall results for U.S. organizations, results are broken out into eight industry-level reports.

The Ongoing Impact of the Recession Series

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 Recertification Credits

Earn HRCI Recertification Credits

If you are a SHRM member with a current PHR, SPHR, GPHR, PHR-CA, SPHR-CA, HRMP or HRBP credential from the HR Certification Institute, you will receive 1 general recertification credit per year for completing a SHRM Research survey. This means that over the three year recertification period, you can earn 3 general recertification credits by completing 3 surveys (1 survey per year). To log your recertification credit for taking a SHRM Research survey:

  1. Go to the HR Certification Institute's Online Certification Services webpage and login with your HRCI login information. The "Login" button is located on right side of the page.
  2. Click on the "Report or Add New Activity to Online Recertification Application" to record your participation. When the new page loads, scroll down to Leadership and click on Add/Review. 
  3. Under the Type of Activity dropdown box, select “Participation in a SHRM Survey,” then under Activity Details enter the title of the survey in which you participated.

Remember, a maximum of 1 credit per year will be awarded for survey participation.

Please contact us at to learn about the up to 20 HRCI recertification credits for using SHRM research reports in your work setting or job responsibilities.