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ASE Releases 2022 Employee Turnover Survey

ASE, Michigan’s largest employer association, released the 2022 Employee Turnover Survey. Employers of all types are facing unprecedented employee retention challenges.  With the recently released Employee Turnover Survey, we now have some concrete data to show just how significant these challenges were in 2021.

Mary E. Corrado, ASE President & CEO, announced the survey release and stated, “2021 was a year like few others in modern memory, and employers continue to struggle with retaining and attracting talent. There are many signals that the challenges we are facing now as employers are here to stay, and employers will need to take a new approach to employee retention.”

According to the survey, annual voluntary turnover rates for 2021 reached nearly 17% among all employee types.  Voluntary turnover among hourly employees reached nearly 26%, and almost 12% for white collar employees.  This is a dramatic increase from pre-pandemic levels where voluntary turnover rates were under 10%.  

Total turnover, including employer-initiated separations reached 25% in 2021.  It should be noted that the survey does not contain large quantity data from retail operations or fast-food operations that witnessed historically high levels of employee attrition.

According to participants, compensation demands, retirements, and personal problems (family, health, etc.) lead the reasons given for separations.  Employers have responded by implementing a variety of employee retention initiatives including:

  • Conducting exit interviews (80%)
  • Allowing remote work (71%)
  • Assessing compensation rates to the market (59%)
  • Implementing or improving the employee onboarding experience (51%)
  • Expanding or introducing flexible work options (43%)

The survey also calculated the net hire ratio of participants.  The net hire ratio measures the extent to which employers might be expanding their workforce or contracting.  The results suggest overall that employers are replacing as many employees as they are losing to turnover, but not expanding.  The exception was in the service sector, where results show a net hire ratio of 1.15.  This finding is not surprising given data we are seeing from Bureau of Labor Statistics that show job openings peaking in December of 2021 at over 11 million – many of those openings going unfilled.

ASE members can download the full survey results from their ASE Member Dashboard. Non-members can purchase for $825.  Request to purchase here.

About ASE

ASE is Michigan’s trusted HR partner.  ASE is a non-profit, membership organization – everything we do is based on the needs of members and to drive the success of their organizations and help them THRIVE.  ASE strengthens organization's HR departments by offering member benefits and discounted services that span the entire employee lifecycle including recruitment, development, and retention while minimizing compliance risk. We provide our members guidance through new legislation and workplace issues such as those currently occurring with the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

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