TITLE

TURNOVER CONTAGION: HOW COWORKERS' JOB EMBEDDEDNESS AND JOB SEARCH BEHAVIORS INFLUENCE QUITTING

AUTHOR(S)
FELPS, WILL; MITCHELL, TERENCE R.; HEKMAN, DAVID R.; LEE, THOMAS W.; HOLTOM, BROOKS C.; HARMAN, WENDY S.
PUB. DATE
June 2009
SOURCE
Academy of Management Journal;Jun2009, Vol. 52 Issue 3, p545
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This research developed and tested a model of turnover contagion in which the job embeddedness and job search behaviors of coworkers influence employees' decisions to quit. In a sample of 45 branches of a regional bank and 1,038 departments of a national hospitality firm, multilevel analysis revealed that coworkers' job embeddedness and job search behaviors explain variance in individual "voluntary turnover" over and above that explained by other individual and group-level predictors. Broadly speaking, these results suggest that coworkers' job embeddedness and job search behaviors play critical roles in explaining why people quit their jobs. Implications are discussed.
ACCESSION #
41331075

 

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