Employee Turnover at Amazon
Contributions to staff retention at Amazon
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What is "Avoidable" turnover?
Employee retention at Amazon is unusually high compared to other similar companies. Employee turnover is normal. Employees come and go for many reasons, including personal reasons and reasons that have nothing to do with a specific company. That being said, Amazon seems to be doing better than most of their immediate competitors.
What is driving turnover at Amazon?
Employee turnover at Amazon is primarily driven by company size and in-demand employee skills. Amazon has higher than average company size. Companies with high company size typically have higher turnover. In other words, larger companies have more difficult times retaining their top talent. Amazon also emphasizes skill development and employee training, which may contribute to their high turnover rate. Amazon has higher than average in-demand employee skills. Companies with high in-demand employee skills typically have higher turnover. This means that Amazon's turnover rate is likely related to the skills that are in high demand in the market.
The numbers reported here are based on statistical analysis of publicly available employment data of current and past employees of the company. We determine mean tenure based on how long past employees have stayed at the company and how long current employees have been employed. We determine the annual turnover percentage as (1/tenure * 100). We analyse a sample of the employees at a company. We make an effort to sample in a representative way but some bias is unavoidable. Some types of employees may be overrepresented in our sample based on their job, their online activity, and their geographic location. We expect our number to have a confidence interval of approximately 1 year. In other words, if the mean tenure reported is 4 years, the true value lies between 3 and 5 with 98% confidence. Similarly if the average turnover reported is 20% we expect the true value to be between 15% and 25%.
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