Work-Life Conference to Examine Business Strategies that Work: SHRM and FWI to share best practices and research in new workplace flexibility event

“Work-Life Focus: 2012 and Beyond” (#workflex11) is an opportunity for reporters covering business, the workplace and HR to network with HR executives and award-winning companies and to gather story ideas on workplace flexibility. Contact Public Affairs at 1-703-535-6260 for press credentials.

Alexandria, Va., Aug. 16, 2011 – A new conference hosted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Families and Work Institute (FWI) will allow senior HR professionals and other business leaders to explore effective and flexible workplace practices and their contribution to business success and improved employee job satisfaction.

WHAT: Work-Life Focus: 2012 and Beyond/Workplace effectiveness strategies that work

WHEN: Nov. 8-10, 2011

WHERE: Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036.

DETAILS: SHRM and FWI announced in February a partnership to help organizations be more successful by transforming the way businesses view and adopt flexible workplace practices. The conference will bring together thought leaders in workplace flexibility and winners of the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

Highlights from the “When Work Works” program, best practices from the Sloan Award winners and cutting-edge research will give attendees ideas for building effective and flexible workplaces.

Headlining the conference will be best-selling authors Dan Heath, senior fellow at Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, speaking on “How to Lead a SWITCH,” and Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University, on “Stumbling on Happiness.”

A series of learning labs will provide tools and resources for making change happen, tackling tough issues and transforming workplaces. Among the sessions is “And They Said It Couldn’t Be Done,” which will highlight successes from industries — the military and manufacturing, for example — not traditionally recognized for providing flexible work environments.

During the conference, SHRM and FWI will release:

  • The National Study of Employers, a comprehensive look at the practices, policies, programs and benefits provided by U.S. employers to address the changing needs of today’s workforce and workplace.
  • The 2012 Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work, which will highlight the practices of the winners of the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.
  • The Workplace Flexibility Resource Guide, a how-to on implementing workflex strategies that includes tools, templates and tips.

Visit SHRM’s conference webpage for more details.

MEDIA: To cover the Work-Life Conference, contact Kate Kennedy at and 703-535-6260, or Jennifer Hughes at or 703-535-6072.

Follow live reports on the conference on Twitter and Facebook. The hashtag is #workflex11. SHRM also has an online Workplace Flexibility Resource Page.

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 and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

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