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On October 24, SHRM and the CMF released “Life in Congress: Aligning Work and Life in the U.S. House and Senate,” a survey of more than 1,400 people who work in the U.S. House and Senate, at the second annual Workflex Conference hosted by SHRM and the Families and Work Institute in Chicago.  Download a copy of the report HERE.

It turns out congressional staff on Capitol Hill are no different than employees in small organizations in the public and private sector when it comes to issues of work-life fit!  In the survey of more than 1,400 people who work in the U.S. House and Senate, 55 percent of congressional staff members said the flexibility to balance life and work issues is very important. At the same time, only 26 percent of them were very satisfied with the flexibility provided in their work. This compares to 38 percent of U.S. employees who said in the SHRM 2011 Job Satisfaction and Engagement Survey that flexibility was very important and 33 percent who said they were very satisfied with their flexibility.

CMF is a nonprofit organization focused on improving congressional operations and enhancing citizen engagement through research, publications, training, and management services.  SHRM has been collaborating with CMF for many years, working to inform Members of Congress and their staffs about best practices in the field of HR.  SHRM will continue to educate and provide resources to Congress in 2013 when CMF and SHRM will offer specialized training to congressional staff members to assist them with aligning work and life issues. CMF and SHRM also will conduct research in 2013 to create case studies and identify best practices in workplace flexibility policies in House and Senate offices.

Below is a sampling of some of the news coverage generated by the report’s release:

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