No matter how you slice it, the cost of training a new employee can be quite high, writes Paul Downs, founder of Paul Downs Cabinetmakers. Additionally, a new hire can affect a company's operations as he or she gets up to speed. "[T]here's a ripple effect from new hires and lateral promotions that inevitably affects our shipping schedule, and that means further cash flow disruption, as well as the potential for issues with unhappy clients," he writes.

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