Employers Conflicted on 2013 Hiring Strategies
Overall, U.S. organizations plan to boost staffing this year, according to a recent survey from Yoh, a workforce-solutions company. But many executives express reservations about a number of headwinds out there, including serious concerns about lasting economic stability. Many companies are looking to pursue a stop-gap strategy of hiring temps and/or contractors. And—in a development that could present serious issues for job seekers—a number of businesses say they don't have to increase staffing at all because the recession forced them to adopt greater efficiencies. What's clearly needed, Yoh concludes, is better long-range planning for optimal staffing. "The optimism evident in our study is tempered by persistent economic uncertainty and operational efficiency that has reduced demand for workers," says Lori Schultz, president of Yoh. "Organizations must scrutinize their workforce plans, and design them to address the lingering economic uncertainty and increased complexity of the workforce." An estimated 150 HR executives and hiring managers took part in the research.