New Employees: Challenges and Opportunities
Many businesses are struggling to recruit good workers. The BOSS survey of 400 local business leaders asks about their recent recruits, both good and bad.
The BOSS survey presented local business leaders with four negative characteristics of new employees and potential recruits. They were asked which characteristic impacted their companies the most.*
|Lack of reliability||40%|
|Leave company too soon||18%|
|Don’t know/None of these||11%|
|Can’t focus on the job||4%|
|Don’t need new employees/Not an issue||8%|
The same business leaders were presented with four positive characteristics and asked which was the biggest asset of recent hires.
|Willing to try anything/flexible||58%|
|Ability to cope with change||12%|
|Can handle digital apps and related tasks||11%|
|Lots of energy||7%|
|Don’t know/None of these||12%|
Business leaders were asked if they expect any existing jobs at their company to be outsourced in the next five years.*
|No jobs will be outsourced||82%|
|Yes, a few jobs||14%|
|Yes, many jobs||2%|
|Don’t know/Refused to answer||1%|
Business leaders were asked if their companies were doing anything to address climate change.
Those who said their companies were addressing climate change were presented with a list of measures and asked to select those that directly applied to them. Some people selected more than one measure.
|Increasing energy and water efficiencies||25%|
|Updating material and infrastructure to cope with climate change||23%|
|New product innovation||23%|
|Conducting risk screening||16%|
|Changing investment portfolio strategy||10%|
|Lobbying for policy support||8%|
What’s new with The BOSS
In the past, Hawaii Business has published the results of each BOSS survey in a single issue. We will now publish parts of the BOSS in each issue of the magazine, beginning with results that are most time sensitive. Look for one or two pages of BOSS insights in every issue of Hawaii Business and regularly at hawaiibusiness.com.
*Percentages don’t always add up to 100 because of rounding.