Thursday, February 27 2014, 06:51 PM MST
Researcher Looks at Quitting Behaviors
(KUTV) – There are a number of reasons why people quit their jobs. Maybe they want more money; or many they don't like their boss. The question researchers are trying to determine is if you can predict whether someone is about to quit their job. "My research group and I started this project to better understand what are the cues that managers could observe that would signal that an employee is about to leave."
Doctor Tim Gardner is an associate professor at Utah State University. He looked at research and the so-called cues that would suggest people were about to leave their jobs. The research came from online articles and books. There were hundreds of cues that were suggested. Dr. Gardner worked to narrow down the list. He then talked to managers and employees. "The main factor that was a predictor of turnover was disengagement."
Doctor Gardner says behaviors of disengagement include: less enthusiasm for work, more reserved and quiet, and less interest in working with customers. Some other possible predictors that someone may quit their job:
-Employees may be reluctant to tackle long-term projects.
-Employees may not be interested in promotions or opportunities to advance in the company.
-Employees may be less interested in pleasing management.
-Employees may be more negligent with the work that they do.
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