What affects voluntary employee turnover in building organisations?: Empirical studies in Australia, Mainland China and Taiwan
by Vivian W.Y. Tam; S.X. Zeng; Peter S.P. Wong
International Journal of Project Organisation and Management (IJPOM), Vol. 8, No. 2, 2016

Abstract: This paper reports a study that investigates the causes of voluntary employee turnover in construction organisations. Questionnaire surveys and semi-structured interviews were conducted. The results indicate that respondents from different countries, genders and age groups may emphasise on different factors that lead them to quit a job and delineate what is an 'ideal job'. In particular, respondents from the developed countries such as Australia shape an 'ideal job' as one that can facilitate a better quality of life. Respondents from the developing countries such as China, as well as the younger age group of respondents, prefer jobs with a decent salary and regular working hours. It is no easy task to understand what caused the employees leave because employees may not feel comfortable to share real reasons behind their resignations. Recommendations to reduce employee turnover in the construction projects are also discussed in this study.

Online publication date: Fri, 06-May-2016

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