The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), founded in 1948, is the largest Human Resources industry professional association. SHRM represents more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries. At this writing, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters in the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India.
SHRM’s mission is to serve the professional development needs of HR professionals. The organization works through research, publications, and legislative input to advance the interests of the HR profession. Lately, SHRM has extended efforts to impact the workplace as a whole through stepped up legislative recommendations and the development of industry standards.
The most common face of SHRM, that practitioners experience, is found at the SHRM website. The website features articles, legislative updates, news, HR policy and other practitioner samples, books, and jobs. Many of its professional resources are only available to members. Members also receive the monthly HRMagazine by mail.
SHRM offers an annual national conference somewhere in the United States, usually in June. SHRM sponsors additional national conferences focusing on areas such as legislation. SHRM has also traditionally sponsored smaller, regional conferences through its state affiliated chapters.
Typically, a local SHRM chapter offers monthly lunch meetings. These meetings feature member networking and a speaker with expert credentials who talks on a topic related to member interests. Monthly chapters also feature networking events such as an annual golf outing, an annual legislative update, and a state-wide conference.