Top 10 HR Metrics to Track for a Thriving Workforce

Human Resources (HR) plays a critical role in attracting, retaining, and developing top talent in your organization. To measure the effectiveness of HR initiatives and identify areas for improvement, tracking key HR metrics is essential. Here’s a look at the top 10 HR metrics you should be monitoring:

1. Time-to-Hire: The average amount of time it takes to fill an open position; from the time the job is posted to the time an offer is accepted. A low time-to-hire is considered good, as it indicates that you are efficient at recruiting and hiring qualified candidates. A long time-to-hire can lead to lost productivity, increased costs, and a negative impact on morale.

2. Cost-per-Hire: The total cost of hiring a new employee, including recruiting fees, advertising, and onboarding costs. Keeping your cost-per-hire low often demonstrates that you are getting significant return on investment (ROI) for recruiting expenditures. Calculating cost per hire:

Cost-per-Hire = Total Hiring Costs / Number of New Hires

3. Quality of Hire: This measures how well new hires perform in their jobs. Here are some ways to assess quality of hire:

  • Time to productivity: How long does it take for a new hire to reach their full potential?
  • Retention rate of new hires: How many new hires stay with the organization after a certain period (e.g., one year)?
  • Performance reviews: How do new hires stack up against their peers in terms of performance?

4. Employee Turnover Rate: The percentage of employees who leave the organization within a given period (e.g., year one). A high turnover rate can be costly and disruptive. It can also indicate problems with recruitment processes, employee morale, engagement, or compensation. 

Calculating employee turnover:

Employee Turnover Rate = (Number of Employees Separated / Average Number of Employees) x 100

5. Absenteeism Rate: The percentage of employees who are absent from work on a regular basis. High absenteeism rates can lead to decreased productivity and increased operating costs. There are many reasons why employees might be absent, so it’s important to investigate the root cause of high absenteeism rates.

6. Employee Engagement Score: Employee engagement is a measure of an employee’s commitment to helping the organization achieve its goals. Engaged employees are more productive, satisfied, and less likely to leave the organization. There are a number of ways to measure employee engagement, such as surveys, focus groups, and exit interviews.

7. Training and Development Costs: The amount of money spent on training and development programs for employees. Investing in training and development can help employees improve their skills and knowledge, which can lead to increased productivity, innovation, and employee engagement.

8. Promotions Rate: The percentage of employees who are promoted within the organization each year. A healthy promotion rate can help to motivate employees, improve morale, and most importantly help to retain top talent.

9. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Metrics:  DE&I metrics track the representation of different demographic groups within your workforce. These metrics can help you to identify areas where you can improve your diversity efforts and create a more inclusive workplace. Here are some examples of DE&I metrics:

  • Percentage of women in leadership positions
  • Percentage of employees from minority groups
  • Employee satisfaction with DE&I initiatives

10. Return on Investment (ROI) for HR Programs: The financial benefits of HR programs. ROI can be difficult to calculate as these factors are often not tangible, but nonetheless it is important to try to measure. Here are some key indicators to be on the lookout for when calculating ROI for HR programs:

  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced turnover costs
  • Improved employee satisfaction

By tracking these key HR metrics, you can gain valuable insights into the effectiveness of your HR programs and identify areas for improvement.  Contact Hirezon today to learn more about how we can help streamline your HR processes and improve your HR metrics.


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