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The mediating role of organizational embeddedness on the relationship between quality of work life and turnover: Perspectives from healthcare professionals

Decha Dechawatanapaisal (Department of Commerce, Chulalongkorn Business School, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 7 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the mediating effect of organizational embeddedness in the relationship between quality of work life (QWL) and turnover under a foundation of conservation of resources theory.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 422 healthcare professionals through a questionnaire survey, and analyzed by means of a confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling.

Findings

The results indicate that organizational embeddedness has a negative impact on employees’ intention to leave, and on actual turnover. For QWL perception, career opportunities, work life balance, and job characteristics are positive and significant predictors of organizational embeddedness. In addition, organizational embeddedness plays an intermediary role that mediates the relationship between the three components of QWL mentioned earlier and turnover intention, and also between the factor of career opportunities and actual turnover.

Research limitations/implications

The current research took place within two healthcare organizations. Replicating the study in a variety of business sectors or professions with a larger sample of subjects would be useful for the generalizability of the findings.

Practical implications

Organizations may improve their retention of employees by offering intrinsic resources that can be obtained from the social contexts of the individual through human resource management system, e.g., growth opportunities, a healthy and caring work life quality. Such motivational resources then develop a sense of obligation toward their places of employment, which influences their intention to stay or leave.

Originality/value

This study examines the mediating role of organizational embeddedness between employees’ perception of their work life quality and their desire and behavior to withdraw, which is an area of inquiry that has not been fully investigated in the literature.

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Citation

Dechawatanapaisal, D. (2017), "The mediating role of organizational embeddedness on the relationship between quality of work life and turnover: Perspectives from healthcare professionals", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 38 No. 5, pp. 696-711. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJM-12-2015-0205

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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