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Reductions in Turnover, Accidents and Absenteeism: The Contribution of a Pre-Employment Screening Inventory

 

This study examined the effects of introducing the Employee Reliability Inventory (ERI) into the hiring procedures of a middle-sized (500 employees) manufacturing company. The behavior of two groups of employees was compared for one calendar year. One group had been hired without using the ERI as part of the selection process, while the other group was hired making use of ERI results as part of the selection process. There were statistically significant findings regarding four specific aspects of unreliable behavior:

  1. Unplanned turnover
  2. Number of work-related accidents
  3. Hours of work lost due to work-related accidents
  4. Hours of work lost due to unauthorized absences
  • There was a progressive decline in turnover rate for each of the two years following introduction of the ERI. During a 12 month “baseline” period prior to using the ERI, the turnover rate was 25.0%. During the first full calendar year after ERI use began, the turnover rate dropped to 20.7% while the following year it fell to 8.3%.
  • The percentage of employees terminated for cause within 60 days of being hired fell from 17.5% of those hired during the “baseline” year to 8.3% of those hired the following year. In similar fashion, the percentage of employees who quit within 60 days of being hired fell from 7.5% of those hired during the “baseline” year to 0%.

Turnover percentage in 2 years with ERI & without ERIPercentage of employees who "quit" 60 days of being hired

 

  • The number of work-related accidents for those hired without the ERI was 5.6% of the total work force. For those who were hired making use of ERI results, the rate of work-related accidents was only 2.8% of the total work force.
  • The number of hours lost from work-related accidents was 7.7% of the total annual scheduled hours for those hired without the ERI. For those who were hired making use of ERI results, the number of hours lost due to work-related accidents was only 1.8% of their annual scheduled total.
  • For those hired without the ERI, the number of hours lost from unauthorized absence constituted 7.4% of the group’s annual scheduled total. For those who were hired making use of ERI results, the number of hours lost from unauthorized absence was only 4.7% of their annual scheduled total.

Work-Related accidents hired without and with ERI Hours lost from work-related accidents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hours lost unauthorized absences in the workplace


Gerald L. Borofsky, Ph.D. (Harvard Medical School), Robert Watson (Charlotte, NC)