SHRM and FWI Partnership Receives $1 Million Sloan Grant to Advance Workplace Flexibility

Washington, D.C., Nov. 3, 2011 — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the SHRM Foundation, and the Families and Work Institute (FWI) have been awarded a $1 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to make flexible workplaces more available to employers and employees.

The grant will allow SHRM and FWI, with the help of the SHRM Foundation, to educate HR leaders and professionals about the business case for workplace flexibility and to develop practical resources for HR professionals to use to implement flexibility. SHRM and FWI also will create resources that will help employees better use flexible work arrangements.

“By joining forces, SHRM and Families and Work Institute have the capacity and reach to make workplace flexibility the new normal of the American workplace,” says Kathleen Christensen, program director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “This grant will bring together employees, employers, managers and HR professionals, all with the goal of ensuring concrete steps to take workplace flexibility from research to reality.”

Through the support of the Sloan Foundation, SHRM and FWI will work to make workplace flexibility a mainstream issue by bringing educational programming and training to all 50 states by 2014.

The funding will allow the organizations to produce tool kits and resources on workplace flexibility that will be shared with HR practitioners, employers and employees free of charge via the FWI-SHRM When Work Works website. The SHRM Foundation will produce a best practices DVD featuring an organization that has found business success in incorporating workplace flexibility into its culture and practices. The DVD will be distributed free to SHRM chapters across the country, HR thought leaders and business schools.

“This important funding from the Sloan Foundation will allow SHRM and FWI to develop new strategies to take the movement toward flexibility to a new level,” said Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM. “At SHRM, we are helping employers to understand the business case for flexible workplaces by informing both employers and employees about the many benefits of workplace flexibility.”

Said Ellen Galinsky, president of FWI: “One of the ways we will educate employers and employees about the many benefits of workplace flexibility is through an amazing array of real examples of flexible practices from hundreds of companies that are winners of the Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility — an important feature of the FWI-SHRM partnership.”

SHRM announced in February a partnership with FWI to help organizations be more successful by transforming the way businesses view and adopt flexible workplace practices. The partnership is hosting a work-life focus conference Nov. 8-10 in Washington, D.C., which will feature thought leaders in workplace flexibility and winners of the Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.

Media: For more information, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and, or Kelly Sakai at and 212-981-2559.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at
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About the SHRM Foundation
The SHRM Foundation was founded in 1966 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The SHRM Foundation advances global human capital knowledge and practice by providing thought leadership and educational support, and by sponsoring, funding and driving the adoption of cutting-edge, actionable and evidence-based research.

About the Families and Work Institute
The Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce, family and community. As a preeminent think tank, FWI is known for being ahead of the curve, identifying emerging issues, and then conducting rigorous research that often challenges common wisdom and provides insight and knowledge. As an action tank, FWI conducts numerous studies that put its research into action and then evaluates the results. Its purpose is to create research to live by. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @FWINews.


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