Last Updated Jun 4, 2008 2:00 PM EDT
- The Find: Forget environmental factors, job hopping is largely dependent on the personality of employees.
- The Source: Research from the Summer 2008 issue of Personnel Psychology cited in the HR Tests blog.
Ryan Zimmerman examined the results of 86 previous studies and concluded that psychological measures of employees' agreeableness best predicted turnover, that those with a high degree of openness were most likely to say they intended to leave, and that the personality of employees factored into turnover more than the complexity or characteristics of the job.
So what's the takeaway? First off, attempts to reduce takeover by changing the environment (add some plants, etc.) or the demands of the job (more flexible working arrangements) are unlikely to get you the dramatic reductions in turnover you want. It's more a matter of who you hire in the first place. Which, brings us to...
The Question: Would giving job candidates personality inventories help reduce turnover?