Understanding intention to quit amongst artisans and engineers: The facilitating role of commitment

SA Journal of Human Resource Management

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Title Understanding intention to quit amongst artisans and engineers: The facilitating role of commitment
Creator Siwela, Samuel van der Bank, Francois
Subject — affective commitment; intention to quit; artisan; engineer; retention; job satisfaction
Description Orientation: Given the critical shortage of skilled artisans and engineers in the job market, retention of this key talent is of paramount importance.Research purpose: The aim of this study was to identify the determinants of affective commitment and investigate the impact thereof on intention to quit (ITQ) amongst artisans and engineers.Motivation for the study: For human resource management interventions to be effective in retaining artisans and engineers, the constructs underlying commitment and stay intentions need to be understood. Whereas previous studies have mostly focussed on bivariate relationships, the current study was motivated by the need to develop and test an integrative explanatory model.Research approach/design and method: A non-probability convenience sample of 154 artisans and 84 engineers employed in a manufacturing engineering company participated in this study. A cross-sectional design was employed, with structural equation modelling as analysis technique.Main findings: The data supported the central role of affective commitment in reducing ITQ amongst artisans and engineers. Job fit, psychological meaningfulness, perceived organisational support and satisfaction with pay all explained significant variance in affective commitment, whilst affective commitment demonstrated a strong negative relationship with ITQ. It was found that although perceived organisational justice does not necessarily create affective commitment, people are more likely to quit when they experience injustice.Practical/managerial implications: For organisations to retain artisans and engineers, they have to foster both affective commitment and organisational justice. Affective commitment can be facilitated by interventions focusing on job fit, meaningful work, organisational support and satisfaction with pay.Contribution/value-add: This study provides practical insights into the antecedents of ITQ amongst artisans and engineers, informing human resource management interventions aimed at better retention.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2021-05-31
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajhrm.v19i0.1409
Source SA Journal of Human Resource Management; Vol 19 (2021); 16 pages 2071-078X 1683-7584
Language eng
Relation https://sajhrm.co.za/index.php/sajhrm/article/view/1409/2527 https://sajhrm.co.za/index.php/sajhrm/article/view/1409/2528 https://sajhrm.co.za/index.php/sajhrm/article/view/1409/2529 https://sajhrm.co.za/index.php/sajhrm/article/view/1409/2530
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