What does turnover cost?

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In my last video, I briefly mentioned the high cost of turnover, and I got a couple of questions about it. So I thought I would dig in a little bit deeper.

Turnover can be very expensive. Replacing people who leave an organization can cost in net profit, productivity, and trust – both within and outside of the organization. So let’s talk about some of those specific factors.

There are tangible, quantifiable costs. Many of them.

  • Unemployment compensation
  • advertisements to fill the position
  • recruitment fees
  • interview travel costs
  • job fair costs
  • time to interview screen, perform background and reference checks
  • pre-employment tests
  • signing bonuses
  • relocation expenses
  • time materials and labor for orientation, onboarding, and training of new staffers

That’s a lot. And that’s not all. There are so many intangible costs around turnover.

  • productivity levels, both your existing staff filling that hole and as your new hire comes up to speed
  • the loss of intellectual capital or organizational knowledge when someone leaves can be very, for some organizations, almost crippling if they haven’t spread that information throughout
  • Team morale, you know, if you’re losing some star performers or you’re losing some key players, that may have an effect.
  • Your company’s reputation and customer retention, especially if these are externally facing people. Think about it. If you’re a customer working with a firm and you’re working with one person, and the next month you’re working with another person, and then a few months later, there’s yet another person. At some point, you’re going to think, what the heck is going on with this company.
  • Once somebody leaves, that may create a cascading effect where more people leave both because they say this great person is gone, I’m going to, or they may go with them.
  • So keep that in mind when looking at your organization’s turnover. We talked about hiring slow and firing fast. But next week, I will dive into some very specific tips to keep your turnover low. This is Judi Otton with GrowthCast, and I’ll be back next week with a new fiscal fitness tip.

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