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Fairness in human resource management practices and engineers' intention to stay in Indian construction firms

M. Hazeen Fathima (Department of Civil Engineering, Anna University, CEG Campus, Chennai, India)
C. Umarani (Department of Civil Engineering, Anna University, CEG Campus, Chennai, India)

Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Article publication date: 30 August 2022

Issue publication date: 2 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

More attention should be paid to human resource management practices, as they play a vital role in the retention of the skilled workforce for improved competitive advantage and reduced skill shortage. This study aims to examine the impact of engineers' satisfaction regarding fairness in key human resource management practices such as performance management, compensation and pay, and employee relations on their intention to stay in Indian construction firms.

Design/methodology/approach

This research was undertaken using a questionnaire survey conducted among 230 engineers working in Indian construction firms. Data collection was done by using self-administered questionnaires. The quantitative analysis of the collected data was carried out. The constructs involved in the study were validated using factor analysis. The correlation and regression analyses were used to examine the relationship between engineers' satisfaction with fairness in human resource practices and their intention to stay.

Findings

Results showed that satisfaction with fairness in human resource practices, such as performance management and employee relations are positively related to engineers' intention to stay, whereas satisfaction with fairness in employee relation practices highly predicts engineers' intention to stay.

Originality/value

This study adds to the body of knowledge by examining the impact of engineers' satisfaction with fairness in human resource practices on their intention to stay in the Indian construction sector, which is an under-researched area. Satisfaction with fairness in employee relation practices is identified as the strongest predictor of engineers' intention to stay. The finding of the research could help construction companies develop human resource practices and policies to promote the retention of construction professionals, particularly engineers, who work for them.

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Acknowledgements

The study is financially supported by the Maulana Azad scholarship for minority students, funded by University Grants Commission, India.

Citation

Hazeen Fathima, M. and Umarani, C. (2023), "Fairness in human resource management practices and engineers' intention to stay in Indian construction firms", Employee Relations, Vol. 45 No. 1, pp. 156-171. https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-07-2021-0308

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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