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Not even half of all employers continuously recruit for jobs in Rhode Island

Posted on January 5, 2015

A new survey from Careerbuilder points out that only 38 percent of employers continuously recruit throughout the year for positions that may open up down the line, which may affect jobs in Rhode Island.

Among HR managers who don’t continuously recruit, the primary inhibitor is time (46 percent). Cost is only a prohibitive factor to 29 percent of this group.

Sixty-five percent of a subset of human resources managers who continuously recruit say the tactic shortened their time to hire; 54 percent said it lowered their cost per hire.

The cost of extended vacancies can be very harmful to their companies’ performance.2

• Lower morale due to employees shouldering heavier workloads – 41 percent

• Work does not get done – 40 percent

• Delays in delivery times – 34 percent

• Declines in customer service – 30 percent

• Lower quality of work due to employees being overworked – 30 percent

• Employees are less motivated – 29 percent

• Loss in revenue – 25 percent

• Employees making more mistakes resulting in lower quality of work – 25 percent

• Higher turnover because employees are overworked – 22 percent

“Extended vacancies hurt companies’ ability to grow, maintain productivity and keep existing employees engaged. One solution is to anticipate turnover in high-skilled positions and compile a network of able candidates waiting in the wings,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “While it takes an investment, companies that continuously recruit and build a pipeline of talent are able to significantly reduce their cost and time to hire.”

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