Organizations Struggle With Staffing Issues

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-14-2014 Email

Judging by a number of defining factors, such as slowly improving corporate earnings, employment levels and home sales, as well as a robust stock market throughout 2013, you would d think we're no longer subject to fallout from the most recent recession. But, apparently, that's not the case, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. A clear majority of U.S. employers say the recession isn't over, and that sales simply aren't poised for growth. In fact, only 28 percent indicate that their business has returned to 2007 levels or has surpassed them. Given this, they admit that they are encountering staffing problems which could hinder their ability to compete, thus potentially ushering in another downward economic spiral. Most employers, for example, say they can't find suitable, available job candidates for open positions. But employee morale and engagement, compensation, and upward career mobility are also presenting workplace challenges. "Many companies are still struggling to regain footing that was lost during the recession," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "Retention and productivity issues are top of mind as companies deal with constricting budgets, reorganizations and long vacancies." More than 2,200 hiring managers and HR professionals participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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