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The Recession Cloud Hangs Over More Than 1 in 2 Employers

talent statisticsYou’d think by now discussions about twerking, selfies and the recession would be passé. But the reality is those things are not really behind us.

More than half (58 percent) of U.S. employers say that when it comes to their business, it feels like the recession isn’t really over. That sentiment is even more pronounced (2 in 3) among businesses with 50 or fewer employees, according to a new CareerBuilder survey of 2,000-plus hiring managers and HR professionals outlining the biggest staffing challenges that employers face.

“Many companies are still struggling to regain footing that was lost during the recession,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of HR at CareerBuilder. “Only 28 percent of employers reported that their business has returned to normal or is better than it was before 2007.”

Don’t forget that your greatest asset really is your people, so make sure you’re going the extra mile to show them you care — it can go a long way toward retaining key individuals even as the competition for top talent rages on. And since budgets continue to remain tight for most employers, here are some little- to no-cost employee perks to get you started that provide employees convenience, flexibility and fun at the same time.

Tell us in the comments below: Do you, as an employer or recruiter, feel like the recession is a thing of the past or does it continue to impact your business?

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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.
Randy Hesey
Randy Hesey

Great information especially for people that are paying attention.  There are other opportunities for all Americans if they are looking.  Most are not  and don't even know they are suppose to look. With more and more regulations put on the small business owner it is very tough for them to grow and keep good staff.  Some people have found away to keep their full time job while building their own business for just 10-15 hours a week.  Most people like their full time jobs but just are't getting ahead.  So the ambitious ones look for other opportunities. 

Randy Hersey

Full Time with Full Sail University

Part Time business builder with LegalShield 


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