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New Vision and YVHRA Workforce Survey

The Yakima Valley Human Resources Association and the Yakima County Development Association and have joined forces to complete research around factors that affect local employers’ ability to attract new workers from outside the area to fill technical and professional job openings. 


Our team has developed the following electronic poll to generate input on workforce recruiting and placement issues. The actual survey contains 15 questions and should not take anyone more than 5-10 minutes to complete.


Our team plans to compile the results over the summer and we ultimately want to identify core issues affecting "talent attraction" and identify some options or strategies to address these challenges. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
1.

Please identify your position within your company: 

 

Owner
Plant/Business Manager
Human Resource Manager/Staff
Other  
2.

Has your firm/organization hired any new emploees in the last 12 months?

 

Yes
No
3.

In the last 12 months, did your firm/organization have any difficulty finding qualified applicants for any jobs you were trying to fill?

 

Yes
No

If you answered "No" to questions 2 or 3, please skip to question 5

 

 

 

 
4.

How did your firm respond to the difficulty finding qualified applicants?
Please check all that apply

 

 

Did not fill the position
Hired a less-qualified applicant
Increased overtime for current workers
Increased recruiting efforts
Increased wages to attract applicants
Outsourced the work/service
Other  
5.

Please indicate the jobs or positions that your firm/organization had the most difficulty finding qualified applicants in the last 12 months:

 

 

 

 

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6.

On a scale of 1 to 10 rate how difficult it is to find employees demonstrating the following skills

 

 

 Very Easy         Very Difficult 
Occupation Specific Skills
Interpersonal Skills
Problem Solving or Critical Thinking
Positive Work Habits and Attitudes
Leadership Skills
Writing Skills
Reading Skills
Use math to solve problems and communicate
Use information and communications technology
7.

How likely will your firm/organization need employees with the following types of education over the next three to five years?

 

 

 Not Likely         Very Likely 
High school diploma or GED
Vocational certificate or degree
Academic associate degree (A.A. or A.S.)
Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.)
Master's degree (M.A. or M.S.)
Doctoral or Professional degree
8.

What types of professional education or workforce training are you planning or needing to offer your employees over the next 6-12 months?

 

 

 

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9.

Rate the following employer factors in terms of how they impact your ability to recruit/hire technical or professional employees:

 

 

 

 Not Important         Very Important 
Salaries/Wages
Benefits
Work/Management Culture
Job Security
Career Advancement Options
Non-traditional Benefits (PTO, flexible scheduling, etc.)
  • Comment:

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10.

Rate the following employer factors in term of how they impact your ability to retain technical or professional employees:

 

 

 Not Important         Very Important 
Salaries/Wages
Benefits
Work/Management Culture
Job Security
Career Advancement Options
Non-traditional Benefits (PTO, flexible scheduling, etc.)
  • Comment:

  • 500 characters left.
11.

Rate the following community factors in terms of how they impact your ability to recruit or retain technical or professional employees:

 

 

 

 Not Important         Very Important 
Spousal Employment Options/Opportunities
Higher Education Options/Opportunities
Local Schools (K-12)
Housing Costs/Availibility
Overall Cost-of-Living
Public Safety/Crime
Geographic Location
12.

What are the most common reasons technical or professional people leave your employ?

 

 

350 characters left.
13.

What are the region's lifestyle assets that are the most appealing to prospective technical and professional employees?

Please check the most important four factors

 

Accessibility to other cities and tourist destinations
Arts and Entertainment
Diverse Culture
Family Activities
Food and Wine
Health Care Options
Housing Costs/Options
Local Schools (K-12)
Outdoor Recreation
Overal Cost-of-Living
Sports Options
Weather
Other  
14.

Type of business (choose the most accurate description) 

 

 

Agriculture
Construction
Government & Education
Health Care
Manufacturer
Retail
Service
Wholesale & Distribution
Other  
15.

Any other comments or suggestions?

 

 

350 characters left.
16.

OPTIONAL: Name and company name

 


First Name:
Last Name:
Company Name: