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Prolonged job vacancies are taking a toll on employee morale and the bottom line, according to survey results released by Careerbuilder. Thirty-four percent of employers surveyed reported that job vacancies have resulted in a lower quality of work due to employees being overworked, and 23 percent cited a loss in revenue, according to the survey.
With unfilled positions often translating into longer hours for existing staff, 33 percent of employers said vacancies have caused lower morale and 17 percent pointed to higher turnover within their organizations.
Forty-one percent of companies reported they currently have programs in place to help alleviate the skills gap including on-the-job training, mentoring, sending employees back to school and other efforts.
Employers seeking to reskill workers for their organizations will likely find willing participants as 77 percent of U.S. job seekers said they would be willing to take a job in a different field than the one they currently work in. And 54 percent would be open to relocating to a new city or state.
Careerbuilder’s survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive among 1,648 U.S. hiring managers and human resource professionals and 2,036 U.S. job seekers (employed full-time, not self-employed seeking a job or non-employed seeking a job) ages 18 and over between Feb. 8 and Feb. 29, 2012.