A Firm-Level Analysis of Employee Attrition
Group and Organization Management, 18: 482-499, 1993
18 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2014
Date Written: December 1993
This article examines the role of firm characteristics, work force characteristics, location and employee benefits practices on employee turnover. Most research on turnover has been conducted at the individual or job-level of analysis, examining the cognitive processes that precede a jobholder's decision to leave a firm. Regardless of the reason, turnover clearly is consequential for organizations. It has been suggested that some solutions to problematic turnover may be linked to the manipulation of organizationally controlled variables. One likely explanation for the lack of firm-level turnover research is the difficulty associated with obtaining data on turnover and its possible correlates from a heterogeneous sample of firms. A second explanation is the lack of a cogent theoretical model to guide such an effort. The purpose of this study is to examine, at the firm level, variables that have been linked to employee turnover in micro-level investigations and to industry turnover rates in macro-level investigations.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation