The True Cost of Employee Turnover

How does employee turnover affect your bottom line?

Employee turnover— HR professionals and company accountants understand it costs money, but the true cost of turnover is often widely underestimated. It may be shocking to you, but researchers estimate the cost to replace an employee totals anywhere from 30% to 150% of an employee’s annual compensation.

To put the true turnover cost into perspective, if you have an employee making an average salary of $40,000 a year, replacing that employee could cost you between $12,000 to $60,000—just to replace the employee. The higher up the pay scale, the more turnover will cost you. Say you have a manager with a salary of $100,000. If he or she leaves? You’re looking at a $30,000 to $150,000 loss.

How can employee turnover be so expensive?

You may be wondering how employee turnover can be so expensive. When an employee leaves, you need to factor in the following costs:

  • Preliminary cost to pay a recruiter or internal HR employee to evaluate the position and create the awareness necessary to attract quality candidates
  • Expense to review candidates, conduct interviews, and ultimately decide on a candidate
  • Time spent training and orienting a new employee to an organization
  • Lost productivity during the first months while the new employee is trained
  • Time spent by supervisors and higher-paid employees to train new hires
  • Lost sales cost: If you have a sales force, new sales people rarely meet the sales objectives of seasoned employees

Employee Screening Can Save Your Organization Tens of Thousands of Dollars

When you hire an employee, due diligence pays off—in fact, by simply investing $50 or less in a thorough employment background check, you can potentially save your organization tens of thousands of dollars. Proforma’s background checks thoroughly examine an employee’s record, including criminal files, employer history, credit history, drug history, driving record, and when appropriate, media records.

When you take on a new employee, you want to be sure the candidate has represented him or herself honestly and accurately—the risk of not knowing is too great. For every dollar an employer invests in employment screening, the return on investment ranges from $5 -16, resulting from improved productivity, reduced absenteeism, lower turnover – and decreased employer liability (according to the US Small Business Administration). The bottom line is that properly screening candidates will ultimately save your bottom line.

To find out more about how employment screening and background checks from Proforma can help you reduce turnover and save you thousands, visit our website at

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Note: This content, as with all content on this website, is purely informational. It may not be construed as legal advice. Please direct legal questions to your legal counsel.

About MichaelGaul

Michael is a results-oriented marketing executive with over two decades of experience in employment screening, physical security, and business process management. Michael has deep experience in human capital risk management and a passion for educating business leaders and HR professionals on strategies that tangibly protect their interests. Michael serves on the Board of the Secure Cash and Transport Association (SCTA) and is a member of the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA), and the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS).
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