Small and mid-sized businesses added 63,000 jobs in April and 173,000 in May, according to ADP, but many business owners and managers find that their most talented staff – finding, nurturing, and keeping them – is one of their most challenging concerns. When the firm is highly-dependent on professionals, such as accountants, that concern can grown even more.
The results of the fourth annual ADP Midsized Business Owners Study shows that nearly half of those surveyed said they are extremely or very concerned about “the quality of the available workforce.” And less than one fifth said they think their business has the right resources and internal HR processes to find new talent, grow and retain them.
Key findings in the survey showed business management has differences in confidence when it comes to finding, keeping and managing staff:
- About 15 percent of those surveyed said they are totally confident they have the tools to find the best talent. One of their top concerns is not knowing how to post to multiple job boards from one place. Some reported a lack of internal talent for open positions. They also said they don’t have the tools to reach more passive job seekers who may be exceptionally qualified.
- Slightly more (16 percent) of those surveyed said they are confident they have the resources to keep and grow their best staff talent. Many of those surveyed said they need convenient tools that can help them create employee development plans, and also manage them.
- About 18 percent of those surveyed said they are sure they have the tools needed to effectively manage their workforce.
While more than half of those surveyed said employee engagement is important to the success of a business, more than 40 percent said their business was not performing as well in this area, and they were concerned about their capabilities with employee engagement. The survey showed the most important engagement strategies cited were managing performance and compensation, and setting goals.
Fortunately, very few of the mid-sized business owners surveyed think they do a bad job of managing their workforce. However, barely half of them said they think they’re doing very well, or extremely well at managing their talent.
Further good news: Even with their self-criticism on staff management, more than 40 percent said their business had increased its total employees during the past year and that they expect to increase hiring this year, as well.
The small and mid-sized business owners also sounded off on red tape headaches: 41 percent said that government regulations were their top concern. About 25 percent said they were confident in their organization’s compliance and understanding of all ACA regulations.
5 Tips to Retain Top Employees
- Recognize and reward good work.
- Promote a culture of openness and honesty.
- Offer opportunities to advance, and encourage professional learning.
- Use teams to strengthen relationships and foster unity.
- Allow responsible remote work.
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