By John Morrison on Aug 30, 2007
If you're wondering what i'm blabbing about here ... well, i know attrition is an issue that we need to and are tackling at our workplace ... with significant amount of success i must say. But that same success eludes me on the home front ... ok, before you start off on tangential imaginary voyages, let me clarify ... i'm talking of attrition related to members of the four-legged variety.
I'm fond of cats ... so much so that last year i had close to eleven cats (ok, several kittens were part of that number) ... anyways, the fact remains ... I had eleven cats. As in the corporate world, there was a fair degree of poaching / head-hunting .. by some of my neighbors who developed a liking for these furry bundles of joy ... nett result of their activities was that some of the cool cats decided that the grass (er.. milk and food) was greener on the other side and left. There were also a few that wanted to explore the big bad world on their own ... these adventurous cats set out on their explorations never to return. In the course of time I've ended up with just two cats that call my house ... home.
The rest of them make occasional pilgrimages to their birth-place a.k.a. my home. Since the past couple days, these two cats have'nt called in yet ... i'm already missing them ... they usually come fairly early in the day /night when the rooster's still fast asleep (some where around 2 AM or so) and then need to feed them their share of warm milk, fish / meat and after they've had their fill, wait to see if they want to go out for a walk or stay in the house for a quick cat-nap ! Some nights, they might wake me up a couple of times (probably their idea of fun !)... the past couple nights have been way too silent and quiet making me worry if the spectre of attrition has come to haunt me again.
I'll wait another day or two, after which i plan to open a req and start the hiring process ... Meanwhile, am still looking for some ideas to improve retention ... would setting up a committee to study the problem help ?