It has frequently been claimed that the hospitality industry is plagued by high employee turnover rates. However, there is evidence to suggest that a significant proportion of hospitality staff remain with employers for many years (Taylor & Finley, 2010; Yam and Raybould, 2018). Research into employee tenure in the hospitality industry has focused on the causes of turnover, but there has been little research into the factors that contribute to retention, even though these factors may have more valuable lessons for the design of human resource strategies. This study investigates the factors that contribute to employment stability and retention and provides the first examination and comparison of the job embeddedness construct (Mitchel et al., 2001) with traditional attachment measures, and intent to leave, in a hospitality environment. A survey instrument comprising several well validated, scales was used to collect data from 360 employees in four and five-star hotels in Australia. Confirmatory Factor Analysis supports a twofactor structure for each of the dimensions of the job embeddedness scale. This is consistent with findings by Zhang et al. (2012) and provides more support for a rethink of the original three-factor structure proposed by Mitchel et al. (2001). Multiple regression analysis using only the two dimensions of job embeddedness as independent variables shows that job embeddedness within the organisation was a significant predictor of intention to leave an employer, but the community dimension was not. More importantly, in a combined model that included traditional predictors of turnover, job satisfaction, organisational commitment and perceived organisational support were all significant predictors of intention to leave an employer but neither of the job embeddedness dimensions was significant when controlling for the other predictors.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2019|
|Event||The 3rd International Conference on Tourism and Business 2019 - Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand|
Duration: 27 Aug 2019 → 29 Aug 2019
Conference number: 3rd
|Conference||The 3rd International Conference on Tourism and Business 2019|
|Period||27/08/19 → 29/08/19|
Yam, L., & Raybould, M. (2019). Exploring the job embeddedness construct as a predictor of intention to leave in hospitality workers. 36. Abstract from The 3rd International Conference on Tourism and Business 2019, Bangkok, Thailand.