Quick Study: Freezing Months for Talent Management; Green Investments; Blind Eye Turned to Corporate Misconduct

*It's a People Business, ?But...: Despite the tough economy and widespread layoffs, recruiting and retaining top talent remains a top concern for employers, according to a survey released by Robert Half International. Among the findings:

  • When asked about their top staffing concern, 39% of respondents cited retention;

  • 22% said recruitment;

  • 17% said productivity; and,

  • 17% said staff morale.

The communications implication: Business is still about people, and organizations are only as strong as their weakest employee. When money is tight, the best strategy is to embrace nontraditional recruitment techniques and creative fringe benefits--two things the modern communications executive is well equipped to drive.

But another survey released by Watson Wyatt paints a dismal picture in the context of HR and hiring, revealing that the number of companies implementing cost-cutting measures, including layoffs, hiring and salary freezes and smaller pay raises, has risen sharply in just two months. Included in the findings:

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