Heard, and overheard

Jun 11 2010   5:05AM GMT

Attrition woes: Real or imagined?

Anilpatrick Anil Patrick Profile: Anilpatrick

People leave, good people all the more so. Period.

Having made that remark, it becomes important to make another aspect clear. This is about how you handled last year.

If you scrimped and saved by sacrificing their accounts last year, it’s all the more likely that they’ll leave your organization high and dry this year. On the contrary, if you managed to keep them challenged (without giving them a raw deal) during last year’s economic holocaust, it’s more likely that your team will celebrate the good times that this year augurs for India.

Now, why this diatribe? I happened to run into a couple of skilled admins (of all hues and colors) the other day. The common tirade was about how their salaries haven’t recovered to the slashes that occurred last year. These personnel were all the more worried about whether their salaries will be restored to the ‘pre-cut era’ after the appraisals. Not a very rosy scenario.

Ironically, I had happened to speak to some of their IT leaders around the same timeframe. They are worried about attrition in their teams, now that times are better. Very ironic, to say the least!

Two sides of the same coin, but I’m not sure about the veracity of both these claims. If the former party is right, maybe the latter’s attrition concerns are just living truth for the adage, “Reap what you sow”. What do you feel?

Welcoming feedback and brickbats at the regular place, apatrick at techtarget dot com.

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