Title

Turnover Contagion: How Coworkers' Job Embeddedness and Job Search Behaviors Influence Quitting

Document Type

Article

Department or Administrative Unit

Management

Publication Date

6-2009

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.

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Journal

Academy of Management Journal

Rights

Copyright © 2009 Academy of Management