return on talent
n. The profit or other benefits that accrue to a company from its investments in recruiting and retaining valuable employees.

Example Citation:
"In the New Economy, where college graduates can expect four to five job offers and annual employee turnover is at a near-record 14 percent, an iron truth has emerged: You must keep your employees very, very happy. There is even a new management buzzword for it: 'ROT,' or 'return on talent.'"
—Mark Mazzetti, "Managing, Texas-style," Texas Monthly, December, 2000

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