Companies Have Difficulty Wrangling Top Talent

Businesses the world over are having trouble finding good employees, a recent

Good help really is hard to find. A recent survey found that a large number of major companies across the globe are finding it difficult to attract and retain top talent.

Global professional services company Towers Watson sampled responses from 1,605 businesses and found that three out of

Good help really is hard to find. A recent survey found that a large number of major companies across the globe are finding it difficult to attract and retain top talent.

Global professional services company Towers Watson sampled responses from 1,605 businesses and found that three out of five are having trouble attracting high-potential and top-performing workers, while three out of four can't seem to find employees with the critical business skills they need. According to Laura Sejen, global leader of Rewards at Towers Watson, there's a disconnect between what employees want and what employers are offering.

"Employees, including top talent, are more focused on competitive base pay and job security," she said. "Employers, on the other hand, are emphasizing other items, such as challenging work, and their mission, vision and values.”

A challenging work environment may not be the best way to attract top talent, given some of the survey's other results. Roughly half of employees at the companies participating in the survey feel stressed and have worked more hours than normal over the past three years. This rings particularly true in the United States, where 71 percent of respondents said employees work longer hours and 63 percent said that trend is likely to continue.