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What is Turnover costing you?

Employee turnover is an enormous, hidden drain to the health and vitality of any business. The direct costs alone (attraction, selection, hiring and training) are sobering enough… but when you layer on the indirect costs that include the additional strain on existing employees of running understaffed, and consider the additional damage to your brand caused by inconsistent service delivery and strained relationships with customers and others… the toll mounts quickly.

Clients and prospects often ask us to build a case for the merits of HiringSmart on the basis of the impact to the P&L of reducing turnover. It’s a bit of a trap, for several reasons.

Our preferred approach has been to invite them to calculate the cost themselves… but even then there’s been lots of guessing and second-guessing, with little real buy-in.

We were overjoyed to find this resource on the web. It’s a compilation of other people’s research into the matter, which I’m always more comfortable sharing. At the bottom, you’ll find a calculator that allows you to get a sense of what turnover might be costing your organization.

We compiled a collection of Cost of Turnover studies for you to use as a guide. The HiringSmart Cost of Turnover Calculator formulas are based on the average costs from the independent research listed below.

Source

Turnover Cost of an $8/Hour Employee

Turnover Cost of an $80K Salaried Manager

Documentation and Supporting Material

 

Society for Human Resource Management

 

 

$3,500

 

$70,000

 

Uncovering turnover costs can be a wake-up call, as it was for Walter Kalinowski, Director of HR for a company with 53 truck plazas. "We were hiring 200 employees per pay period. It was out of control. We had trouble finding people," said Kalinowski. He discovered his per-employee turnover cost was $3,500.

 

 

Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council

 

$3,637

 

$72,740

 

A major study of the employee turnover problem in the supermarket industry estimated total direct and indirect costs of replacing a supermarket cashier earning $6.50 per hour was at least $3,637.

 

 

Cornell University Hotel School

 

 

$5,688

 

n/a

 

Front Desk clerk, Miami hotel.

 

 

Legislative Update, Alaska State Senator Kim Elton

 

 

$8,000

 

$100,000

 

Hiring and training a new employee can cost from 50% to 200% of the position's annual salary.

 

 

Hay Group study

 

 

$8,000

 

$120,000

 

The cost of replacing workers range from six months of an hourly worker's salary to 18 months salary of a professional employee.

 

 

Workforce Magazine – Survey on Employee Turnover 

 

 

$10,000

 

n/a

 

45% of responding companies indicated that turnover costs are more than $10,000 per employee.

 

Cornell University Hotel School Study

 

 

$11,609

 

n/a

 

Front desk employee, Hotel in New York City

 

 

Saratoga's Human Resource Financial Report 

 

 

$16,000

 

$104,000

 

Average turnover cost equals one year's salary and benefits. This can vary widely, depending on industry, with costs much higher for retail.

 

 

Bliss & Associates Inc., Wayne, NJ consulting firm 

 

 

$24,000

 

$200,000

 

Costs of lost productivity are as important as direct costs, such as advertising or temporary staff. Total costs easily reach 150% of the annual compensation. The cost will be significantly higher (200% to 250%) for managerial and sales positions.

 

 

Research Average – Cost of Turnover, per departing employee

 

 

$9,523

 

$108,963

 

 

 

Research Average – Percentage of annual salary

 

 

60%

 

136%

 

 

  

 

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