Shocks and final straws: Using exit-interview data to examine the unfolding model's decision paths

Carol T. Kulik*, Gerry Treuren, Prashant Bordia

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    Abstract

    The unfolding model emphasizes the role of shocks (jarring events that initiate exit cognitions) in the turnover process. In contrast to earlier survey-based research, we used exit interviews to classify organizational leavers along the model's paths. The data provide support for the model but highlight several aspects of shocks not addressed by previous research. Employees on the same path may experience distinctly different shock subgroups (e.g., work or nonwork), some employees require shock combinations (e.g., push and pull shocks) to motivate leaving, and some dissatisfied employees experience shock-like events (final straws) that confirm previous exit cognitions rather than initiate them. The research demonstrates how organizations can use exit interviews to better understand their employee exit patterns.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-46
    Number of pages22
    JournalHuman Resource Management
    Volume51
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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