ERIC Number: ED392887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Employee Retention at ABC & Co. Northwest Arkansas. Research Findings.
Hatcher, Timothy; And Others
A 7-month research project was conducted by graduate students at a garment manufacturing plant in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to gain information about high employee turnover. Information also was gathered about the employment situation in northwest Arkansas in general, union-labor relationships, and how other companies handled turnover. Data were gathered through external reports and interviews with current and former employees. Some of the findings of the study were the following: (1) northwest Arkansas has a large population of male Hispanics; (2) the employee retention issues are being faced by many industries in the area due primarily to the low unemployment rate; (3) the plant in question has hourly pay and benefits in line with other companies; (4) many of the activities in the plant in question were team based rather than individual; and (5) turnover amounted to about 84% per year in the plant studied. The study concluded that turnover usually occurred during the first 21 weeks of employment. Several general issues possibly contributed to poor retention, including supervision, training, socialization, and employee recruitment. (Ten appendixes, which make up the bulk of the document, include the partnership agreement between the company and the university supplying researchers, and forms used in the study and for the presentation to the company.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Univ., Fayetteville. Dept. of Vocational and Adult Education.
Identifiers: Arkansas (Northwest)