Because productivity has such a profound impact on profits, there must be some way of measuring performance. Setting productivity standards for a particular job is important. Whether it be processing payables or picking orders in the warehouse or some other job, it is possible to establish minimum standards in terms of output. These standards become expectations for your employees. Also, incentives can be established for performance above the minimum performance level. In order to establish standards it is essential that you understand what it takes to do the job and what a reasonable work pace is. Setting unrealistically high or low standards can be detrimental to productivity and/or morale. It is also imperative that employees are held accountable on meeting these productivity standards which can be done through performance reviews.
Some turnover of employees is normal and expected. When it becomes excessive, it costs a business a significant amount of money. There are tangible and intangible costs associated with employee turnover. As a general rule of thumb, we believe that the cost of turning over one employee is roughly 25% of that employee's annual wages and benefits. For an employee earning $30,000 (includes benefits), this would amount to $7,500 of "cost" associated with that employee leaving the company. For example, suppose a company employing 100 people turns over 25% of its work force annually. In this case 25 employees leave the company every year. Assuming all 25 employees were earning $30,000/year, the total approximate cost of these employees departing is $187,500. If the turnover rate is reduced to 10%, the total approximate cost would fall to $75,000. Obviously it is important to take steps to control employee turnover. Are you taking those steps?