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Even in current economy, employee retention still employers' top concern

Today's employers are most worried about hanging on to good employees and bringing in new ones, even in the current economy. When asked about their greatest staffing concern, nearly four out of 10 (39 percent) senior executives interviewed cited employee retention, while 22 percent said recruitment. Productivity and employee morale were each named by 17 percent of respondents.

Executives were asked, "What is your greatest staffing concern?" Their responses: Retention (39 percent); Recruitment (22 percent); Productivity (17 percent); Staff morale (17 percent); Other (3 percent); and Don't Know (2 percent).

"Many firms are operating with lean teams in which every staff member plays a key role in the business, making retention a greater concern," said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International. "Companies that lose top performers may not only experience declines in productivity but also incur significant costs in replacing these professionals."

Messmer added that within a few specialties, recruiting in-demand skills remains a challenge. "There continues to be a shortage of skilled job candidates for positions such as credit and collections specialists and staff and senior accountants, and companies may not be able to offer generous perks and incentives to attract them."

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