What is your company's top concern when it comes to staffing?
Identifying qualified applicants 45.4%
Retaining employees long-term 27.3%
Attracting top talent 18.2%
Motivating current staff 9.1%
If your company will increase staff in 2017, what is the primary reason?
We want to expand our team's capabilities 54.5%
We are expanding our market reach 18.2%
We have a high turnover rate 18.2%
Why do the majority of your staff members leave the company?
To pursue other opportunities/career growth 72.7%
Not the right fit for the company 27.3%
Terminated or let go 0%
Market conditions force staff-size adjustments 0%
What, in your opinion, is the most important thing to consider when hiring?
Personal compatibility 45.4%
Relevant work experience 27.3%
Soft skills 27.3%
Level of education/training 0%
Hard skills 0%
The Providence Business News Executive Poll is a weekly survey of 70 business leaders throughout the state, representing small and large companies in a variety of industries.