Fifty-six percent of human resources professionals say their organizations performed better this year than in 2010, which is 37 points higher than the previous poll from January 2011, according to a survey by ORC International, a global market research firm. 

The survey also finds that 83 percent of respondents are considering raises by the end of the year, an increase from 66 percent in January. Another 74 percent of respondents are planning to give bonuses at the same or greater level than last year when only half expected this in January.

ORC International says the survey results suggest negative feelings regarding the economy have largely subsided this year. Staff retention, recruitment, pay raises and bonuses are all indicators of growth and optimism. Still, while these may be promising, employee engagement levels remain low.

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