Remember - I'm a SHRM member and don't see that changing anytime soon.
But, I haven't been to the site for awhile. You know what I'd like to go there for? I'd like to go there for a great understanding of where I stand with Employee Turnover related to my industry peers and other sectors as well. I'd like to do the same with other metrics.
I know SHRM can do this. Wait - it's available!
Wait - apparently I need to fork up $395 to get the data - data that was likely collected directly from members.
I got an email pitching me on the quality of Turnover Data and related metrics (140 of them) yesterday. I went to the website and here's what they're pitching:
"Our customized benchmarking reports tackle more than 140 metrics in three critical areas (click for samples): human capital, health care, and retirement and welfare. And if you need granularity, we’ve got it. Customize your data by workforce size, industry, geography, profit level, or any number of key criteria.
When it comes to crucial decisions involving cost-per-hire, turnover rates, employer health-care contributions, 401K participation and more — you can’t afford to make uninformed guesses. Fortunately, you can afford the reliable and timely data provided by SHRM Benchmarking.
Unlike other services that charge literally thousands for their data, our reports start at a budget-friendly member price of only $395. As an added value, you can earn up to 20 PHR/SPHR recertification credits by incorporating SHRM data into your job duties."
I'm all for capitalism - thus the name of my blog site. However, SHRM doesn't exist to be solely capitalist - they exist to serve the membership.
So, let me get this straight: SHRM Members obviously provide most of the data. SHRM trades on its name and position as the HR organization of choice to get free participation from others.
Then they charge members for the database (2-3 times the cost of a membership), and also tweak you by providing free recert credits to anyone who buys.
I love that type of play for any "for-profit" organization. I like it less for a non-profit organization where I haven't signed in to the website in.... I can't tell you when.
Thanks for the offer SHRM. I think I'll pass. But it's a good reminder of what I get for my money.