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The Biggest Staffing Challenges Employers Are Facing

Biggest staffing challenges employers are facingIf you hear one more weather update about the billionth snowstorm or deep freeze, you’ll stab yourself in the eye, right? It’s getting old and you’re ready for the spring. (You and me both.) Similarly, when it comes to information or updates about the recession, you’re probably like “Enough already!”

But the unfortunate part is that more than half of U.S. employers (58 percent) and an even greater number of small business owners (2 in 3) do not feel like the recession is behind them, according to a new CareerBuilder survey of 2,000-plus hiring managers and HR professionals.

In fact, a mere 28 percent of employers feel like business is either back to normal or healthier than before the recession.

You may also be interested in learning about the biggest trends, challenges and opportunities in staffing with this handy infographic.

What’s keeping employers up at night?

Employers are still struggling with stagnant or declining sales — most don’t anticipate increased sales in the first half of 2014 — and of course human capital issues.

Among the biggest staffing challenges, more than half of employers currently have open positions for which they simply can’t find qualified candidates. Nearly 1 in 3 are afraid of top talent walking out the door this year and almost as many are concerned with boosting the morale around the workplace.

Meanwhile, about a quarter are concerned about their ability to pay competitively, worry about employee burnout and struggle to optimize workforce productivity.

Other issues that are top of mind include engaging employees (17 percent), offering training (15 percent) and tight recruitment budgets (11 percent).

Tell us in the comments below: What are some of the top issues that are keeping YOU up at night? What type of information, data or resources do you think would help?

Deanna Hartley

About Deanna Hartley

Deanna Hartley is a senior copywriter and community manager on the creative services team at CareerBuilder, where she writes about issues that are top of mind for employers and recruiters – including talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention. An avid social media user, Deanna is the face behind @CBforEmployers on Twitter as well as CBforEmployers’ Facebook and Instagram pages, so it’s easy to stay connected with her. Prior to joining CareerBuilder, Deanna was a senior editor for the Human Capital Media Group, publishers of Talent Management, Chief Learning Officer, Diversity Executive and Workforce Management magazines. Deanna holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She loves caffeine, social media, pop culture and dogs – though not necessarily in that order.


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