Survey: Hiring Managers Concerned Workers Will Leave in 2012

Chicago — Feb. 15

As the national employment situation continues to improve, U.S. employers are faced with the challenge of recruiting and retaining high-value workers. But 43 percent of hiring managers and human resource managers are concerned top workers will leave their organizations in 2012, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.

The concern could be attributable to an increase in voluntary turnover — workers leaving organizations for other opportunities. A third, or 34 percent, of human resource managers saw an increase in voluntary turnover in 2011.

The national survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive from Nov. 9 to Dec. 5, included more than 3,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes, as well as more than 7,700 full-time workers.

Hiring managers in industries that rely on high-skilled workers are most concerned about a potential talent exodus:

• Information technology: 54 percent (concerned about top workers leaving in 2012).
• Financial services: 49 percent.
• Manufacturing: 48 percent.
• Health care: 45 percent.

Moreover, 26 percent of hiring managers say they have open positions for which they cannot find qualified candidates.

Hiring managers selected “being able to retain top talent” and “being able to provide competitive compensation” as their top staffing challenges in 2012:

• Being able to retain top talent: 35 percent.
• Being able to provide competitive compensation: 35 percent.
• Worker burnout: 32 percent.
• Maintaining productivity levels: 29 percent.
• Being able to provide upward mobility: 26 percent.
• Can’t find high-skilled applicants: 24 percent.
• Don’t have the budget to recruit: 13 percent.

Source: CareerBuilder