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Effects of supportive work environment on employee retention: the mediating role of person–organisation fit

Mohd Yusoff Yusliza (Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Development, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia)
Juhari Noor Faezah (Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Development, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia)
Nora’aini Ali (Faculty of Ocean Engineering Technology and Informatics, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia)
Noor Maizura Mohamad Noor (Faculty of Ocean Engineering Technology and Informatics, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia)
T. Ramayah (School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia, George Town, Malaysia)
M. Imran Tanveer (Faculty of Management Science, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology – Islamabad Campus, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Olawole Fawehinmi (Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Development, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 30 October 2020

Issue publication date: 22 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the relationships for the following: supportive work environment, person–organisation fit and employee retention among academic staff in one of the Malaysian public universities.

Design/methodology/approach

This study used a conceptual framework to assess the direct impacts of supportive work environment (i.e. perceived climate, supervisory relationship, peer group interaction, perceived organisational support), person–organisation fit and employee retention. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to 225 respondents.

Findings

The findings present the mediating influence of person–organisation fit on the relationships between supportive work environment and employee retention. The results reveal a direct and positive relationship between supportive work environment and academic staff retention. These results imply that individuals’ perceived towards an organisation can influence their decision to stay at the university.

Research limitations/implications

This study had filled in the knowledge gap about the role of supportive work environment with person–organisation fit and the relationship for employee retention in Malaysia. Previous research emphasised on organisations’ role in employee retention and engagement in the manufacturing and service industry.

Originality/value

The findings of this study reveal how a supportive work environment can impact employee retention among academic staff. Specifically, the person–organisation fit describes the relationship between supportive work environment and employee retention.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Human Resource Innovation Research Grant from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (Vot. No. 53310).

Citation

Yusliza, M.Y., Noor Faezah, J., Ali, N., Mohamad Noor, N.M., Ramayah, T., Tanveer, M.I. and Fawehinmi, O. (2021), "Effects of supportive work environment on employee retention: the mediating role of person–organisation fit", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 53 No. 3, pp. 201-216. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-12-2019-0111

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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