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

Employment Expectations -3.0
Recruiting Difficulty +0.1
New-Hire Compensation +1.5


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NEW 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.

NEW 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. 

NEW Business and Human Capital Challenges Today and in the Future

This research report examines human capital issues and challenges that HR professionals and non-HR C-suite executives think will be the most important in shaping the workplace and the HR profession in the coming decade.

NEW HR Perspectives on Overtime Exemptions

On June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) released proposed changes to the overtime regulations. This survey, designed before DOL proposed these changes to the overtime regulation, represents the HR profession's general perspective on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime exemptions.

Jobs Outlook Survey Report 2015

This report examines hiring and recruiting trends across a 12-month spectrum, and the results show that HR professionals' confidence in the labor market is at a six-year high.

CRANET/SHRM/CIHRS Human Resource Management Policies and Practices in the United States

The Cranet 2014/15 report on Human Resource Management Policies and Practices in the United States was produced in collaboration with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Center for International Human Resource Studies (CIHRS) at the Pennsylvania State University. Using data collected in 2004, 2009 and 2014/15, the report provides information on trends in HRM policies and practices in the United States.

SHRM/Ascendo Resources: The Importance of Social Media for Recruiters and Job Seekers

In the past year, nearly two-thirds of organizations (65%) had hired new employees who were sourced through social media sites.

HR Jobs Pulse Survey Report

These findings examine hiring trends in the HR profession, as well as HR professionals' faith in their own job security and ability to find work elsewhere.

2015 Employee Benefits

SHRM’s 2015 Employee Benefits research report provides comprehensive information about the types of benefits U.S. employers offer to their employees.

SHRM Human Capital Benchmarking: Workforce Analytics

HR metrics have not returned to prerecession levels, although they are moving in that direction.

SHRM Research Overview: Workforce Readiness and Skills Shortages

SHRM research suggests that many HR professionals are having trouble finding applicants with the right skills and qualifications for a substantial number of jobs. 


 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: 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. 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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