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What is the Ideal turnover rate

By Dr. John Sullivan, Head and Professor of Human Resource Management College of Business, San Francisco State University
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What is the Ideal turnover rate

There are many opinions about what is the "ideal" turnover rate. Here is how a CEO might look at it.

Real company turnover rates are available through the Saratoga Institute and in the Jan. issue of Fortune Magazine

Other possible retention measures

T/O = Turnover Rate

  1. Performance turnover - Voluntary t/o rate of top 25% of a companies performers as measured by performance. appraisal.

  2. Key position turnover - Voluntary t/o rate for each identified "essential/ hard to hire" position.

  3. Key competency turnover - Voluntary t/o of individuals that possess skills/competencies essential to the company.

  4. Competition turnover - % of voluntary t/o that immediately go to work for our direct competitors.

  5. Retention turnover - % of "targeted for retention" EE's who leave anyway.

  6. Exempt turnover - % of all exempt employees who leave each year.

  7. Retention ranking by manager - Ranking of managers by the voluntary t/o rates in their divisions/ depts.

  8. Benchmark turnover - Our t/o rate compared to: - our industry average - our key competitor - last years rate.

  9. "Positive/Good (involuntary) turnover" - % of identified "low performers' (or those lacking key competencies) who leave each year.

  10. Other - Turnover's impact on our customers, image, recruiting and the performance of other employees.
© April, 1998

by Dr. John Sullivan

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Head and Professor of Human Resource Management
College of Business, San Francisco State University

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