Lincoln County Employer Survey

It is becoming increasingly difficult for employers in Lincoln County to find qualified employees. The Lincoln County Economic Development Council (EDC) and WSU Extension hope to gain a better understanding of our county’s employment issues so that we can help employers address them. 

We would appreciate it if you would take a brief survey intended to identify common barriers to hiring and retaining good employees in Lincoln County. All responses will be anonymous. 
Thank you in advance for your participation!

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* 1. Which of the following best describes your business type:

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* 2.
How difficult is it for you to find qualified job applicants?

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* 3. How do you deal with a lack of qualified applicants:

  Never Sometimes Often
Increase recruiting efforts
Hire a less qualified applicant
Leave the job opening unfilled
Increase overtime for existing employees
Increase wage to attract more applicants
Outsource the work or hire through a temp agency

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* 4. Has difficulty finding qualified applicants caused:

  Yes No
Lower overall productivity
Reduced quality of product or service
Reduced output or sales
Prevented your business from expanding
Caused you to consider moving your business to a more urban area

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* 5. Estimate how many employees you have in each age group:

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* 6. Do you struggle with managing a multi-generational workforce?

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* 7. Why do employees leave your business?

  RARELY OCCASIONALLY OFTEN
Higher wage elsewhere
Better benefits elsewhere
Unfavorable work shift
Not enough hours
Unable to find housing
Unable to find child care
To take a job outside of Lincoln County?

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* 8. Why do you let employees go?

  RARELY OCCASIONALLY OFTEN
Lack basic skills necessary to perform job (reading, writing, math)
Lack “soft skills” (attendance, attitude, common sense, grooming, communication)
Lack basic computer skills
Failed a drug test
Poor fit for organizational culture

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* 9. Does your business requires employees to have special training or certification? if so, what specific training or certification is required?

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* 10. Is there anything else you would like to add that would help us to understand your employment issues?

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