2011 was another trying year, but signs continue to point toward recovery. We have experienced nine straight quarters of positive employment growth in the U.S.and we can expect this trend to continue. At the same time, many employers continue to struggle to find prospective employees with critical skills. This skills mismatch is preventing many employers from making hire decisions, impacting their organization’s productivity and growth while contributing to the nation’s high unemployment rate.
In 2012, manager’s focus must be on two matters of concern: 1) finding candidates with the right skill set and 2) training of their workforce to raise their level of competency. New recruitment strategies will be need to find and attract hard to find talent. The traditional techniques will no longer be effective. And training must be relevant and focused on organizational objectives.
The new year always enters with promise. The challenges before us will be significant. A focus on your workforce will ensure prosperity in 2012.