HR Glossary


It is a metric to measure the number of employees leaving an organisation within a certain time frame. In simpler term attrition is an act where employees leave a company. There can be various reasons of leaving an organisation like better pay package, better work life balance, less commuting time, better working conditions and opportunity and so on.

If a company is facing high attrition in their workplace then it is a matter of grave concern as it may impact the profits and balance in the company. It also signals that the employees of that company are highly dissatisfied with their employers. One must try comfortable working conditions and take regular feedback from its employees, so they can rectify their mistakes before its too late.

There are three kinds of attrition:

  • Retirement: the employee has finished his tenure and is naturally retiring. In such cases the succession planning has already been done.
  • Resignation: When an employee decides to leave the company for better designation, increased pay, balanced work life balance then he resigns from his current position.
  • Involuntary attrition: the employee is terminated from his position on unethical grounds such as underperformance, badmouthing the company etc.

An organisation hence, must try to keep their workforce motivated and cater to their needs by taking time to time feedback and re-strategising. Nobody wants to work in a boring reduntant environment.