India Attrition Rate

By: Dr. A. Oliver Bright

"THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE RIGHT JOB"- Paves a way to control the attrition rate in the medium level organizations in India.

According to Alan "Management means what manager does". Management refers to "getting things done through and with the people". Even the meaning and definitions of Management stress more only on "Personnel" rather than tasks. Human capital plays a pivotal role in organizational success and achievement. Human Physical and mental efforts exercised are coordinated towards the goals and objectives to be accomplished. In order to accelerate towards the ultimate goal, modern organizations have to meet both direct and indirect operational challenges. So management has to equip and elate human forces employed accordingly. Manpower must be planned according to the requirements of each job in the light of its emerging trends and challenges. When manpower placed penetrates through the challenges and achieve the organizational goals, it is presumed that "the right person is placed in the right job".

India has superfluous labor force and the Indian economy suffers from the pain of unemployment and underemployment even after a spectacular development and advancement in science and technology. Indian educational institutions impart professional education and training to mould the personnel as experts and executives in technical and managerial fields. But in India, "the right person for the right job" is the real scarce and the Indian entrepreneurs struggle a lot to identify the right person. When such trials and tribulations occur in key positions especially in middle level and upper levels in medium level organizations the conflicts creep in and the organizations start wobbling.

In modern manpower placements, traditional approaches are replaced with professional techniques in the selection process. Even though the selection process tries to eliminate the traditional considerations of caste, religion, province, languages, races, nepotism, political influences etc, modern entrepreneurs fail to induct the "right person in the right job". Many corporate in India are in urge of the right person at the middle level and upper level. A study made on this reveals that many middle level and upper level executives are getting obsolete due to the fast changing business environment at the employers' point of view. They state that the modern manpower lacks many of the following aspects. (A survey was made in 25 medium level organizations and the outcome of the study was consolidated and presented here)

1. Dedication.

2. Involvement.

3. Ownership over failures. (Normally they take ownership only on success)

4. Accountability.

5. Creativity.

6. Dynamism.

7. Crisis Management.

8. Initiative.

9. Continuous updating of knowledge and skills.

10. Compatibility and good inter-personal relationships.

But at the employees' point of view, the following intervening variables are identified

1. Job insecurity.

2. No freedom of Authority.

3. Incompatible relation with peer.

4. Noncompetitive compensation Packages.

5. Lack Of Motivation.

6. Strained relationship with superiors.

7. Obsolescence of knowledge and skill and no personal development and growth prospects.

8. No universal application of rules and regulations.

9. No empowerment.

10. Nepotism.

Suggestions to control the attrition rate

1. Harmonious approach in extracting the work.

2. Concern about individual development and career advancement.

3. Compatibility between organizational goals and individuals goals.

4. Creating the sense of involvement with a feeling of ownership.

5. Clearly defined roles.

6. Clearly defined authority, responsibility and accountability as an active partner.

7. Empowerment and opportunities for learning and personal for growth.

9. Job security and Chances for Personality Development,

10. Direct and open Communication system.

11. Re-skilling of skills.

12. Flat organizational hierarchy.

13. No subordination in approach.

14. Transparent appraisal and reward system.

15. Transparent feed back system.

The author can be reached by the email aobright67@yahoo.co.in

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