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Increase workplace happiness by finding skilled recruits

Posted on April 18th, 2013 Read time: 1 minutes

Recruiters and staffing companies might want to take the extra time to find the top candidates. According to a new study, HR professionals who attract strong new hires have a better chance of boosting happiness among the workforce than if they hurried.

Recent Randstad research into employee happiness found 51 percent of workers surveyed like their job more if they feel it takes advantage of their skill set. Around 38 percent want more creative freedom and 24 percent like having a variety of tasks. 

HR leaders might also want to consider finding opportunities where workers can acquire new skills, with 43 percent of staff cited learning different things increases their happiness. 

John Jacobs, the keynote speaker at the Society for Human Resource Management's 2013 Talent Management Conference and Exposition, said at the event that companies and HR leaders can improve on-the-job satisfaction and grow the company brand by assembling a staff who can learn from each other.

Finding employees with strong skill sets who can still educate each other can be a daunting task, but taking the time to recruit new hires who can complement the rest of the workforce can pay off in a big way. 

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