If 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.
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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?
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