Hi Everyone,
I am working as HR in a BPO. Of late, we have been facing issues with newly joined associates who abscond from the very next day they get their salary. This has become a challenge for us since we hire in bulk every month. We thought of an option to credit salary after they complete 45 days (15 days later than the usual payday), but we aren't sure whether this would work.
Could someone provide a suggestion about how to overcome the issue?
Malathi Ajay

From India, Madurai
Recruitment/talent Acquisition, Career Counselling
Sr. Hr Executive @ Polymerupdate
IIPM India
Unit Manager
+2 Others

Shailesh Parikh_HR Pro

Dear Ajay
Why you want to address the symptom rather than the ailment? Ask yourself why employees leave?
You canít adapt any pressure tactic to stop them from absconding; you canít withhold their legitimate salary except towards notice pay, if it is terms of employment.
Shailesh Parikh
Vadodara, Gujarat
99 98 97 10 65

From India, Mumbai

Hello Ajay,

As is already suggested, first try to find out the reason people are leaving you. Since they are absconding, you will have to find out the bad about your company on your own.

Try to have a check on following aspects (try to interact with people who are currently working with you)

1. Work time: Are your employees comfortable with the office hours? Is there any modification required? Are you over stressing the work hours?

2. Salary fitment: Are you giving them considerable salary? Or you are trying to exploit them by getting then to work on lots of things but not paying well.

3. Recognition: Do you recognize the efforts of your people? DO you show you care?

4. Open Culture: Gone are the Babu days when employees used to be the Ghulams of the employers. If you still believe in this age old practice, please upgrade yourself. Today an employer has to be open to ideas from employees as well.

5. Are you listening? If your employees have a concern, are they sharing it with you? Are you trying to help them out or you turn a deaf ear?

This is not an exhaustive list but will help you to understand where are you going wrong.

Another thing, BPOs are having a very normal trend of employee absconding and their attrition rates are very high. The only thing that can help you to keep your employees work for longer tenure is to keep them motivated and engaged.

You mentioned about giving salary in 45 days time frame.

Do you think that will help you curb the problem?

The problem is not that they abscond after taking one month's salary, the problem is of attrition / absconding.

The problem is THEY DO NOT WISH TO WORK WITH YOUR FIRM ANYMORE, that they do not even care how would the tag of Absconded look in their profile.

Hope it helped.

From India, Mumbai
IIPM India
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From India, Mumbai

Agreed with Ms. Ankita comments,

I would like to tell you one thing that in todays era you cannot stop any employee from leaving the organisation and also you should not stop anybody's salary also as that is what the job is all about i mean everybody is earning for bread and butter.

Firstly every organisation has a way of operations and hence recruitments from organisation to organisation varies. Further it should be very clear that what are the job descriptions and what they have to perform.

I think since it's a BPO organisation the generally selected candidates would have to go to undergo a training and only those who have completed the training then are put on the desk if i am not wrong

I would suggest here is that the recruitment and training process should be so rigorous which will automatically help you judge the candidates nature . Do what you have in the final round are the cream candidates who are really interested in making their career. Then the percentage of candidate leaving would be very minor

From India, Mumbai

Employee absconding or attrition can be addressed through several measures (and not 1), but most important clue comes from the famous quote "Employees join an organization but leave their Manager". So the measures to deal with absconding and attrition should ideally start with strengthening Managers capability to lead people. Additional measures like induction, reward and recognition, working environment, etch will add to the efficacy. Any restrictive practices like bond, delay in salary payment, etc. will have negative impact since employees in IT/ ITES have choice which they can exercise anytime.
Prashant Parashar

From India, Pune

Hi Mr.Bastwalla, We are actually working on redefining our recruitment policy. Your suggestions were enlightening. Thank you so much. Regards Malathi
From India, Madurai

Hello Malathi Ajay,
While it's surely heartening that you have acknowledged the contribution of the members to your situation/problem, why not revert back with the results in your company AFTER you have put the suggestions into effect?
That would be the BEST response from your end--contributing to the other members' learning process.
All the Best.

From India, Hyderabad

Hi TS, Sure I WILL. We are extensively working on it. I strongly hope to revert back with positive results. Regards Malathi Ajay
From India, Madurai

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