13 Statistics That Reveal the Shocking Price of Employee Turnover

ReducingTurnoverStatsIt's common knowledge that replacing and training employees are costly tasks for an organization.

But you'd be shocked to know just how high that cost is.

We teamed up with the Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness (CMOE) to identify 13 statistics that shine a light on the true financial burdens turnover causes. 

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2. Losing an employee can cost anywhere from 16% of an hourly, untrained employee, to 213% for a highly-trained position. Say an executive makes $120,000 a year - if he or she leaves, the true loss to the company could be up to $255,600 (Center for American Progress).


3. A new employee can take up to two full years to reach the same level of productivity as an existing staff member (Josh Bersin).


4. As much as 80% of turnover is due to bad hiring decisions (Harvard Business Review).


5. More than one-third (36%) of executives feel the top factor leading to a failed hire, aside from performance issues, is a poor skills match. The second-most common reason (30%) was unclear performance objectives (Robert Half).


6. Nearly two-thirds (66%) of workers would likely leave their position if they didn't feel appreciated by their manager (OfficeTeam).


7. Employees want to develop, but their workplace isn't helping them. 76% of employees reported they aren't given enough opportunities for growth at work (Clear Company).


8. The top reasons why millennials leave their companies are because they received a better job offer from another company (30%), their career goals aren't aligned with the company (27%), or they saw a lack of career opportunities within the company (13%) (G2 Crowd).


9. Around 40% of employees who do not receive adequate training leave their post within a year (go2HR).


10. Companies that invest $1,500 or more annually on each employee's training average 24% higher profit margins than companies with lower yearly training investments (HR Magazine).


11. Companies that offer comprehensive training (American Society for Training and Development):

      • Have 218% higher income per employee.
      • Enjoy a 24% higher profit margin than those who spend less on training.
      • Generate a 6% higher shareholder return if the training expenditure per employee increases by $680.

12. Happiness leads to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers proved 10% less productive (University of Warwick).


13. Companies that invest in employee support and satisfaction tend to succeed in generating happier workers. Google saw employee satisfaction rise 37% after making investments in its workers' happiness (Andrew Oswald). 


There's no arguing that turnover is costly in terms of both time and money - so how do you prevent it? Consider these tips to help retain your top talent and keep talent poachers at bay.


Give frequent, quality feedback

It's critical to coach your employees early and often. When employees receive feedback, they feel cared for and cared about. It improves communication between manager and employee and identifies performance issues, leading to fewer terminations.


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Provide challenging work and goals

Employees become bored and disengaged when their work is repetitive and mundane. Spice up their role and provide new challenges, supported by goals. Achieving these new initiatives brings a sense of accomplishment and pride, keeping employees engaged in their work.


Support career development

Engaged employees want to grow and develop new skills that will advance their careers. Offering training or funds to take classes shows employees that you care about their future. Consider paying for skills classes, sponsoring conferences, or simply encourage employees to take on new responsibilities.


Recognize your employees

Employee recognition encourages staff members to see positive attributes in one another. Allowing coworkers to nominate one another is extremely valuable, as it demonstrates they value each other’s contributions to the team. Research shows that 86 percent of employees say recognition makes them feel happier at work.


Present new opportunities outside the scope of their role

Invite an employee to a meeting that might not directly affect their day-to-day work, but shows them a different part of the organization. This exposes them to teams and employees they're not used to working with and can spark new partnerships or ideas. Encourage them to set up the next team outing, organize an office potluck, or plan a volunteer project. These off-brand jobs give employees a sense of accountability and add variety to their daily duties.


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