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Faced with persistent economic uncertainty, finance executives at midsize companies in the U.S. say that the stakes for developing and executing effective human-capital strategy are rising---and quickly. This research, underwritten by Paychex, suggests that over the next two years, finance teams will be called upon to fine-tune the critical balance between helping employees do more and carefully managing a small, precious pool of resources. Not only will it be difficult to manage existing workforces, but competition for attracting and retaining new, qualified employees will be fierce. To meet the continuing imperative to do more with less, finance executives expect their companies will need to focus on developing employees and making better use of HR technology to boost workforce productivity.