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Robert Half: Staff retention is execs’ greatest concern

April 09 2013

Keeping top performers is employers’ greatest staffing concern, according to a survey from Robert Half. Thirty-eight percent of chief financial officers interviewed said retaining valuable employees is their biggest staffing concern for the next 12 months.

“Though general unemployment levels remain high, professionals with specialized skills have more opportunities available to them, which has led to talent shortages in some areas and made replacing valuable employees even more difficult,” said Paul McDonald, Robert Half senior executive director. “Employers will need to pull out all the stops to retain their best and brightest, including ensuring compensation is competitive and top performers know there's a career path available to them with the company.”

When asked, “Which one of the following is your greatest staffing concern in the next 12 months?” CFOs responded as follows:

  1. Retaining valuable staff members: 38 percent
  2. Maintaining staff productivity: 27 percent
  3. Recruiting new top performers: 13 percent
  4. Improving staff morale and engagement: 13 percent
  5. Don't know/no answer: 9 percent

The survey is based on more than 2,100 telephone interviews with CFOs from U.S. companies with 20 or more employees in more than 20 of the largest U.S. markets.

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