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5 Essential Workforce Metrics and Programs for a Healthy, Happy Workforce

Updated: Mar 18

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Organizations are increasingly recognizing the pivotal role of employee satisfaction, engagement, and culture in driving innovation, improving outcomes, and ultimately ensuring profitability.  As we navigate the knowledge economy, leaders understand the necessity of optimizing the entire employee lifecycle to foster success. This entails investing in strategies that transform human capital into high-ROI assets and leveraging data-driven insights to shape a happy, efficient workforce.

At PARiTA, we're all about turning workforce data into insights so people leaders can spend their time on what matters most.  Our workforce analytics platform empowers organizations to quickly pinpoint opportunities to improve strategies that make a difference.  Here, we outline five essential workforce metrics and programs that every organization should integrate into their people strategy and agenda to cultivate a healthy, happy workforce in 2024.

  1. Attrition: Attrition serves as a critical indicator of employee satisfaction and organizational health. Voluntary attrition is the ultimate arbiter of satisfaction with your organization. It is the bottom line for employees. “Should I stay or should I go?”  Voluntary attrition is very expensive both in monetary terms and in institutional knowledge going out the back door. 

The Voluntary attrition rate is not just a metric, organizations should analyze it from different angles to better understand the situation.  Ensure your surveys and metrics can answer:

  • Who are the employees that are leaving? Is it the new hires that are leaving or the senior ones? Is a particular demographic, ethnicity, or generation leaving more than others? 

  • Why are the employees leaving?  Use employee surveys to quantify the reasons people are leaving.  

  • Is there any pattern in their departure? For instance, if more employees leave just before or after the annual appraisal, they may not be satisfied

Analyzing attrition rates from various angles allows organizations to uncover underlying issues and take corrective actions. Understanding who is leaving, why they are leaving, and any discernible patterns enables targeted interventions to improve retention and morale. Involuntary attrition is also an important metric to check to see if there may be bias in layoff decisions.

2. Outcomes (formerly Productivity): In the era of the knowledge economy, traditional productivity metrics no longer suffice. Instead, organizations must focus on outcomes, which encapsulate the value employees bring to the table. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) offer valuable insights into employee performance and efficiency, enabling organizations to identify areas for improvement and growth. But by tracking outcomes, organizations can align employee efforts with strategic goals and foster a culture of continuous improvement.

3. Culture: Cultivating an inclusive and supportive workplace culture is paramount for employee satisfaction and engagement. Regular feedback mechanisms, such as satisfaction surveys, allow organizations to gauge employee sentiment and address concerns proactively. Exit surveys can shed light on critical issues that need to be addressed.  By prioritizing inclusion and belonging, organizations can boost morale, reduce turnover, and enhance productivity.

A recent study showed that just the act of conducting a satisfaction survey decreases churn rates and increases outcomes. (source) The positive impact can be even greater if employees see a genuine effort to identify problems, with a clear commitment to using the results to create opportunities for improvement.  

4. Engagement: Employee engagement is a cornerstone of organizational success, influencing various key outcomes such as absenteeism, retention, customer ratings, sales, and profits. Organizations with high levels of engagement reap numerous benefits, including improved outcomes and profitability.  According to research from Gallup, organizations with high levels of employee engagement realize the following outcomes when compared to organizations with low levels of employee engagement:


Roughly 40% lower absenteeism

Roughly 50% better employee retention

10–20% better customer ratings

Roughly 20% better sales 

Roughly 20% higher profits


When employees are engaged, they are self-motivated, clearly understand their roles, feel a strong sense of purpose in their work, view what they do as impactful and important, develop a continuous improvement mindset, and feel a strong sense of belonging within their team and the organization. 

Leading indicators to low engagement are absenteeism and specific responses to questions on your employee sentiment survey about engagement like, “Am I recognized for my work?”. Create a baseline and track engagement at least every year. 

5. Workforce Programs: Work-life balance is essential for employee well-being and achieving superior outcomes. Monitoring work-life balance through surveys and assessing the utilization of paid time off helps organizations identify areas for improvement and support employees' holistic needs. Additionally, implementing programs such as flexible work arrangements, family care support, and high-potential employee initiatives demonstrates a commitment to employee development and retention.  

Don’t forget about programs for high-potential employees and recognition programs.  According to Gallup's analysis, only one in three workers in the U.S. strongly agree that they received recognition or praise for doing good work in the past seven days. At any given company, it's not uncommon for employees to feel that their best efforts are routinely ignored. Further, employees who do not feel adequately recognized are twice as likely to say they'll quit in the next year.

This element of engagement and performance might be one of the greatest missed opportunities for leaders and managers.

Workplace recognition is so simple yet motivates, provides a sense of accomplishment and makes employees feel valued for their work. Recognition not only boosts individual employee engagement but it also has been found to increase productivity and loyalty to the company, leading to higher retention. (source)

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People are the key to every organization’s success.  Data-informed HR leaders not only know the right metrics to watch and how to use these measures to drive strategy, they also share key metrics in a way that engages C-level peers and people managers and helps them make better workforce decisions. 

Prioritizing data-driven people strategies is indispensable for creating a thriving workplace. By leveraging insights from workforce metrics and programs, organizations can proactively address challenges, optimize employee potential, and drive organizational success. PARiTA's workforce analytics helps organizations of all sizes unlock a wealth of actionable insights and chart a course toward higher engagement, increased workplace satisfaction, and sustained organizational excellence.


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