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ERIC Number: ED357313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 10
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Factors Related to Turnover among Mental Health Workers.
Tang, Thomas Li-Ping
In view of the extremely high turnover among corporation recruits, there is growing and justified interest in having organizations identify the causes of turnover and possible ways of reducing it. Many studies have examined different variables related to turnover, including organizational commitment, career commitment, job satisfaction, and employee characteristics. The major purpose of this study was to examine employee turnover using demographic variables and work-related variables in a sample of mental health workers. Data were collected at two time periods. At Time 1, mental health workers (N=155) from 32 agencies from the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation in the State of Tennessee completed a survey. Based on data collected at Time 1, a follow-up survey was distributed to directors of the 32 agencies for whom the mental health workers at Time 1 worked. After two follow-up surveys, 84 workers were classified as either still on the staff (N=62), voluntary turnover (N=20), and fired (N=2). Since this study focused on voluntary turnover the fired employees were excluded from data analysis. Subjects in the final analysis were then labeled as either stayers (N=62) or leavers (N=20). The results of the investigation showed that leavers tended to have lower tenure, lower stress, lower commitment, higher income, and higher intrinsic job satisfaction than stayers. In order to reduce turnover, it appears that the only way area managers in personnel and human resource management may find some success is to increase employees' commitment in an organization. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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