Okay, quick test: To grow your revenues $2 million, $20 million, or $200 million how many new employees would you need? How much incremental profit do you generate with each quality employee that you hire? Do you know?
In this post, we will walk you through a simple formula for “New Hire Value” that will become your BFF in assessing and presenting the value of various profit-generating hires.
“New Hire Value” is the total value in dollars that will be generated by the business as a result of the addition of a new employee over that employee’s tenure with the company. In other words, if I hire and retain this person, what value will he or she bring to the organization? Or what is my “return” if I invest today in a new employee?
The formula for “New Hire Value” in its most basic form is the difference between how much profit is generated by the employee annually minus the cost to employ that individual annually all multiplied by the number of years that the employee is with your business.
To calculate “New Hire Value” we combine five simple inputs. These inputs are:
Let’s dive into each of these inputs one-by-one to understand them better:
The first question we want to answer is: “If I add this new employee, how much new revenue will my company be able to add to the business?”
To identify a rough estimate of the annual revenue achievable with a new hire, there are a few approaches:
The second question that we are looking to answer is: “If my employee generates this amount of revenue per year, how much of it does the company get to keep?”
Gross profit is defined as “the profit a company makes after deducting the costs associated with making and selling its products, or the costs associated with providing its services.”
You can easily calculate your gross profit percentage by dividing your gross profit amount by your sales. This percentage should give you the answer to the question just above when multiplied by your revenue per year.
If you are interested, after calculating your own gross profit margin percentage, you can easily benchmark that percentage against other businesses in your industry using the financials of public companies or by using online resources.
The third question we are looking to answer is: “If my employee generates this amount of profit for the company each year, how much is left after we subtract his or her cost of employment?”
Your annual employee expense should include compensation for the individual (including expected overtime) plus the full burden of payroll taxes, workers’ compensation insurance, bonuses and benefits. This expense generally represents approximately 15% to 40% additional cost on top of the individual’s compensation.
The fourth question we are determining is: “If we know how much profit is left at the end of the year (including annual employee expenses), how many years should we expect this person to be employed by your company (and, therefore, for how long can you generate this profit stream)?”
Average tenure is the number of years your quality employees are likely to stay with your company. If you have a sense of historical averages for your business or this division, use that number. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a national tenure average (as of 2018) of 4.2 years (Source).
The fifth question we are exploring is: “If we know the total profit generated by our employee over his or her tenure, how much initial cost is there to get this new employee into that position?”
One-time capital costs for the new employee include initial training, certification costs, personal protection equipment, tools and/or any additional equipment that is required to get the new employee set-up to do his or her job.
The actual “New Hire Value Formula” is the combination o the values calculated above, and can be written as follows:
New Hire Value Formula:
(((Annual Revenue Per New Employee x Annual Gross Profit Margin) – Annual Employee Expense) x Average Tenure At Your Company) – One-Time Training & Equipment Costs = New Hire Value
Or using the abbreviations above:
(((Rev x GP%) – EExp) x Yrs) – 1xCosts) = New Hire Value
Let’s put it to work!
With the formula described above, you should now have the basic tools to look within your company and determine a “New Hire Value” for your various positions.
As is likely, if your “New Hire Value” is positive and represents an attractive value-creation opportunity for your business, get out there and find the extraordinary people that you need to capture that value. While the job market is tight for certain positions and skill types, don’t give up! It’s worth it!
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