Attrition at Silver Spark Apparel Ltd.

Shiji Lyndon, S. Venkatesh. "Attrition at Silver Spark Apparel Ltd.", 2017
Issues: attrition, absenteeism, employee engagement, employee referral, employee retention, work-life balance, factory, clothing
Disciplines:  Operations Management,  International
Industries: Manufacturing
Setting: India, Medium, 2015
Length: 9 pages (8 pages of text)
Intended Audience: MBA/Postgraduate
Publication Date: March 16, 2017

Silver Spark Apparel Ltd. (SSAL), established in 2004 near Bangalore, India, was a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond Ltd. The plant had significant expertise in the manufacturing of jackets. SSAL faced a significant challenge when it came to the attraction and retention of workers, with the predominantly female workers often citing family issues as a reason for quitting. In order to combat attrition, SSAL’s head of human resources had initiated various employee engagement initiatives that had helped the company reach fourth place in manufacturing and production among “India’s Best Companies to Work For, 2014.” Nevertheless, the high rate of attrition had not been stemmed, and the data for the first quarter of 2015 was alarming.

Learning Objective:
This case has the following learning objectives:
  • To analyze various employee engagement initiatives formulated to attract and retain talent
  • To come up with innovative alternatives for attracting talent and combating attrition
  • To critically evaluate employee referral as a source of recruitment