Nearly 3/4 (71%) of human resource professionals cited the need for improved communication – almost twice as many as a year ago.
Recruiting good people and retaining high performers were far and away the two most critical challenges facing American employers, according to a new survey of some 4,000 human resource professionals.
In fact, when asked to choose the two major issues facing their organizations, 79% chose recruitment and 51% chose retention.
The survey found that nearly half (41%) said not feeling valued was a significant factor in employee departures, tying for first place on the list with compensation. Nearly a third (32%) noted that a poor relationship with a manager has a key impact, according to KnowledgePoint, who conducted the survey.
Survey respondents said the biggest problems in hiring qualified candidates were:
- 34% – poorly defined performance expectations
- 32% – a lack of interviewing skills for hiring managers
- 27% – poorly defined position descriptions
This year 14% of respondents are using interns, roughly
double the 8% reported in 1999.