Life Happens: Sandwiched between Parents, Children and Work

Within days of learning she was pregnant with her second child; Barb Brzezicki faced the unfolding of an unexpected and harrowing chapter in her family's life: her mother's diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease. The working mother was suddenly balancing pregnancy with caring for her young daughter and her mother, Stella — starting to drive her to and from appointments in the weeks before Christmas 2009. What's more, Brzezicki became sick and ended up on disability, which she believed was stress-induced.

Brzezicki came to the realization that she could no longer manage on her own and enlisted outside help. "I...


With Benefits Cuts, Business Looks for Ways to Compete

A new survey we released today at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 63rd Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas shows that 77 percent of human resource professionals said the poor economy has negatively impacted employee benefits. But this survey of 600 HR professionals that examines nearly 300 benefits – SHRM’s 2011 Employee Benefits Research Report – also found that organizations have found creative ways to compensate for the loss of those benefits.

Among those is an increase in workplace flexibility benefits, with more than half of companies (53 percent) providing flextime, up from...


The New!

A little more than a year ago, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) launched We Know Next, our external campaign to help business leaders, policymakers and human resource professionals — and those who influence them — better understand today’s ever-changing workforce. We believe human resources is a critical element — driving the policies, the perspectives and most importantly, the people — behind every business success. SHRM and its members are helping transform business by understanding what’s next.

The revamped — launching...