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A separation (exist or departure) of employee from the Public Service other than departure under existing incentive programs or due to devolution and privatization.

(Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)


Often referred to as “natural attrition”, some organizations assume an annual attrition rate of 4.5 percent. This could vary, depending on the size and nature of your organization, freezes, downsizing, restructuring, and economic and political changes.


Lexicon: Human Resources Planning Guide, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, , Visited on October 8, 2009


Approved for glossaryposting by Ben Eisen on February 11, 2011

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