Express Employment Professionals Survey Reveals Majority of Employers Investing in Employee Development


True innovation comes from a company’s workforce. But, are companies providing an environment that attracts top talent and allows employees to be innovative?

A recent study by one of the largest privately held staffing companies confirms a majority of employers are investing in employee development.

According to a hiring trends survey of 323 employers in the U.S. and Canada, Express Employment Professionals found that more than half – 58 percent – of companies have an employee development program in place. And, 76 percent said they believe their company effectively identifies which employees need to improve their competencies and skills.

However, according to a 2012/2013 Global Talent Management Rewards Study by Towers Watson, an HR consulting company, 72 percent of companies claim to have difficulties attracting critical-skill employees.

“Without a focus on employee development, companies can have a hard time recruiting and retaining top talent. Organizations can easily lose their most productive and innovative team members to competitors,” said Connie Druliner, owner of the Bend Express office. “If employees aren’t growing, they’re looking for other employment opportunities that will support their desire for improvement.”

The good news for employees is 96 percent of companies responding to the Express survey who indicated they focus on employee development offer on-the-job training, leadership coaching and mentoring. Other training programs they offer include company workshops, professional conferences, apprenticeships, cross training, formal classroom training and e-learning.

According to the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), 75 percent of executives say mentoring was a key factor to their career success. Alarmingly, ASTD predicts that 35 percent of employees who aren’t mentored search for new jobs within a year.

“Employee engagement is vital to the success and future of your company,” Druliner said. “And, there is no better way to establish loyalty than by developing your employees into top talent.”

The Bend Express Employment Professionals franchise began operation in 1983 and serves the Central Oregon areas with temporary help and direct hire employees in a variety of fields, including professional, administrative, commercial, data processing, technical, sales, marketing and more.

Express is on a mission to put a million people to work annually, and worldwide, put more than 367,000 people to work in 2012 with more than 600 offices in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Express provides expertise in evaluation hire, temporary staffing, professional search and human resources and works across a wide variety of industries. Temporary staffing sales for the international staffing franchise company totaled more than $2.3 billion in 2012.

The Bend office, located at 400 SW Bluff Drive is currently accepting applications. For more information, call (541) 389-1505 or visit


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