Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)


Definition - What does Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) mean?

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a membership-based organization representing human resources (HR) professionals. SHRM has over 285,000 members from more than 165 countries and is considered the largest HR member association. SHRM’s stated mission is to develop, serve, and lead the HR profession. SHRM provides educational and certification resources for HR professionals worldwide and is considered an authority on HR topics. Members of SHRM have access to state of the art information and resources to further the advancement of the HR profession and develop their personal skills.

WorkplaceTesting explains Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Initially created in 1948 as the American Society for Personnel Administration (ASPA), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) now represents human resource (HR) professionals worldwide. SHRM members actively participate in the creation and amendment of nationally and globally recognized HR standards. The society also provides members and the public with up-to-date research and educational resources in all fields of HR. SHRM conducts surveys and studies to determine upcoming trends such as employers’ preparations for handling an aging workforce and employees’ job satisfaction. The organization releases several annual reports including an Employee Benefits Survey. In addition, SHRM distributes the Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) report monthly. Other SHRM publications include general and discipline-specific E-Newsletters and HR magazines. SHRM also hosts an annual conference and exposition highlighting current trends and ideas in HR.

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