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Focus on tangible perks to retain best workers

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Are HR professionals in tune with their employees' wants and needs? Not exactly, suggests a survey of more than 1,000 employees and HR professionals by USA Today and the Society for Human Resource Management. Main finding: While HR believes employees crave solid workplace relationships, employees are really focused on tangibles like benefits and job security.

Here are the top three things employees rank as "very important":

1. Job security (65 percent).

2. Benefits (64 percent).

3. Communication between employees and management (62 percent).

Here's what HR professionals think workers need to be satisfied on the job:

1. Communication between employees and management (77 percent).

2. Recognition (62 percent).

3. Relationship with boss (61 percent).

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