Over the past five years, the cost of turnover due to workplace culture exceeded $223 billion.

Positive workplace cultures discourage harassment and discrimination and promote pay decisions based on substantial business factors.

SHRM Supports

  • Workplace Culture: Urging employers to foster healthy workplace cultures. Strong anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies are important, but culture is key to prevention.
  • Pay Audits: Encouraging employers to proactively conduct self-evaluations of pay and correct improper disparities in compensation.
  • Transparency: Encouraging employers to have discussions about pay expectations and to share with their employees information on how pay decisions are made.
  • Federal Framework: A federal standard of equal pay for equal work, rather than different standards at state and local levels.



It is time for all organizations to become more people-centric. Success in the workplace means prioritizing the management of people, guiding employees’ development and cultivating a strong sense of collective purpose at work. Put frankly, it means focusing on “workplace culture”—the glue that keeps an organization together.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
President and CEO, SHRM