Factors affecting the retention of millennial academics

SA Journal of Human Resource Management

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Title Factors affecting the retention of millennial academics
Creator Marozva, Rudo R. Barkhuizen, Emmerentia N. Mageza-Mokhethi, Masase E.
Subject talent management, human resource management academics; higher education institutions; millennials; retention strategies; turnover intentions
Description Orientation: South African higher education institutions (HEIs) face significant challenges in attracting and retaining younger-generation academics. This results in a critical shortage of a talented pool of scholars required for succession and the sustainability of HEIs over the longer term.Research purpose: This study aimed to explore the factors affecting the retention of millennial academics in South Africa.Motivation for the study: The retention of millennial academics is essential to the success of HEIs. Research on the factors affecting the retention of this cohort of academics is scarce despite their growing importance in sustainable HEI practice.Research approach/design and method: The study adopted a cross-sectional qualitative research approach using semi-structured interviews to collect the data. The sample included 14 millennial academics representing various public HEIs in South Africa. Thematic analyses were applied to analyse the data.Main findings: The findings showed that five factors should be considered to retain millennial academics: career and growth opportunities, work environment, rewards, leadership and work–life balance.Practical/managerial implications: The study concluded that an integrated talent retention strategy should be developed that, at a minimum include opportunities for career development, employee growth, healthy employee–employer relationships, employee support and market-related compensation to retain millennial academics.Contribution/value-add: This research contributes to the limited knowledge of the factors affecting the retention of millennial academics.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2024-03-20
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.v22i0.2301
Source SA Journal of Human Resource Management; Vol 22 (2024); 12 pages 2071-078X 1683-7584
Language eng
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