Turnover contagion: How coworkers' job embeddedness and coworkers' job search behaviors influence quitting

WA Felps, TR Mitchell, DR Hekman, TM Lee, WS Harman, BC Holtom

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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. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-561
Number of pages17
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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