How to calculate your company’s attrition rate

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Numbers are important. In the world of HR and talent management, one of the most important numbers you need to keep track of concerns employee turnover: how often are staff leaving your organization?

Controlling turnover is one of the most important ways an HR department can affect the bottom line.

Once you know your turnover (or attrition) rate, you’ll be able to find out why people are leaving and develop relevant and effective retention strategies to keep your employees happy and prevent them from jumping ship.

Calculate attrition rate with this formula

We calculate attrition rate by dividing the number of full-time employees who have left per month (called ‘separations’) by the average number of employees, and then multiplying that figure by 100:

Attrition rate = (# of separations / Avg. # of employees) x 100

You can calculate year-to-date and annual attrition rates by adding all 12 months together.

Further reading on how to reduce your attrition rate

Most companies want to reduce employee turnover as much as possible. Here are some articles to help you develop a comprehensive (and effective!) retention strategy:

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