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My lawfully wedded workplace: identifying relational similarities of marriage and employment

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Abstract


  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to introduce a novel direction of enquiry into predictions of

    employee turnover through the application of a qualitative method adapted from marital research.

    This method focuses on diagnosing the relationship, and has been able to predict divorce with an

    accuracy of over 90 per cent, as opposed to existing turnover prediction methods’ modest success of

    about 30 per cent. By demonstrating that the method can be applied to turnover research, this study

    completes a seminal step in developing this promising direction of enquiry.

    Design/methodology/approach – The Oral History Interview method for predicting divorce is

    adapted to employment settings, and tested on Australian legal and healthcare employees. A qualitative

    analysis of their responses maps the results from this inquiry onto separation-predicting processes

    identified in marital research. The results are compared to turnover data collected two years later.

    Findings – Similar relational processes exist in marital and employment relationships when the

    marital relationship diagnostics method is applied to organisational settings, demonstrating the utility

    of this tool in the employment context. Preliminary turnover data indicate that some relational

    processes are significantly associated with employee turnover.

    Research limitations/implications – Future research should examine the predictive power of this

    tool on a larger sample, and apply it to a wider range of professions, tenure, and positions.

    Practical implications – The results indicate that it is viable to diagnose an employment relationship

    using this diagnostics method developed in marital research.

    Social implications – The novel perspective offered in this paper has potential to greatly improve this

    employment relationship across jobs and organisations, thus improving organisational productivity and

    individual wellbeing.

    Originality/value – Researchers of employee turnover and practitioners seeking to understand and

    manage it can benefit from this novel and practical perspective on employment.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Alony, I., Hasan, H., Sense, A. & Jones, M. (2015). My lawfully wedded workplace: identifying relational similarities of marriage and employment. Personnel Review, 44 (1), 140-160.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84923334255

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1643&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/641

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 140

End Page


  • 160

Volume


  • 44

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to introduce a novel direction of enquiry into predictions of

    employee turnover through the application of a qualitative method adapted from marital research.

    This method focuses on diagnosing the relationship, and has been able to predict divorce with an

    accuracy of over 90 per cent, as opposed to existing turnover prediction methods’ modest success of

    about 30 per cent. By demonstrating that the method can be applied to turnover research, this study

    completes a seminal step in developing this promising direction of enquiry.

    Design/methodology/approach – The Oral History Interview method for predicting divorce is

    adapted to employment settings, and tested on Australian legal and healthcare employees. A qualitative

    analysis of their responses maps the results from this inquiry onto separation-predicting processes

    identified in marital research. The results are compared to turnover data collected two years later.

    Findings – Similar relational processes exist in marital and employment relationships when the

    marital relationship diagnostics method is applied to organisational settings, demonstrating the utility

    of this tool in the employment context. Preliminary turnover data indicate that some relational

    processes are significantly associated with employee turnover.

    Research limitations/implications – Future research should examine the predictive power of this

    tool on a larger sample, and apply it to a wider range of professions, tenure, and positions.

    Practical implications – The results indicate that it is viable to diagnose an employment relationship

    using this diagnostics method developed in marital research.

    Social implications – The novel perspective offered in this paper has potential to greatly improve this

    employment relationship across jobs and organisations, thus improving organisational productivity and

    individual wellbeing.

    Originality/value – Researchers of employee turnover and practitioners seeking to understand and

    manage it can benefit from this novel and practical perspective on employment.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Alony, I., Hasan, H., Sense, A. & Jones, M. (2015). My lawfully wedded workplace: identifying relational similarities of marriage and employment. Personnel Review, 44 (1), 140-160.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84923334255

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1643&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/641

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 140

End Page


  • 160

Volume


  • 44

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom