Job tenure of moonlighters in a service occupation

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Julia Bree Nile (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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E. William Noland

Abstract: This study attempted an investigation of the main causes of, and the possible solutions to, a high rate of labor turnover in a janitorial service business that employs primarily moonlighters. It was hypothesized that (a) certain individual characteristics usually identified on an application blank, would distinguish between the long and the short-tenure moonlighter, and (b) certain organizational characteristics would be found to be associated with employee dissatisfaction and, hence, short tenure. Questionnaires containing items related to tenure of the type usually found on employment application blanks and/or in research studies of tenure were administered to a group of 37 long-tenure employees (personnel who had been working for the company for at least nine months in March, 1972) and 47 short-tenure employees (personnel who had worked for the company for less than three months during the period from June, 1971 to March, 1972). The Chi-square test was used to analyze the relationship between the test variables and the performance criterion, tenure. Several of the individual characteristics were found to be significantly related to tenure: sex, age, number of children, ages of children, tenure at the primary job, number of evening jobs held in the past two years, longest moonlighting job held, employment during the day, and marital status.

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Language: English
Date: 1972
Supplementary employment
Service industries

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