Executive Poll

Staffing up


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%

Other 9.1%


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%

Referrals 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.