Exploring turnover intentions among three professional groups of employees

Abraham Carmeli, Jacob Weisberg

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Although considerable research effort has been devoted to understanding work attitudes, behaviours and outcomes regarding turnover intentions, little has been done to explore it across different professions. This study takes a step in this direction and examines the effect of affective commitment, job satisfaction and job performance on turnover intentions across three professions. To this end, we surveyed three professional groups of employees and managers: financial officers and social workers employed in the public sector and lawyers employed in the private sector. The results of these three studies show that turnover intentions vary across these professions. Social workers exhibit lower turnover intentions than financial officers and lawyers, who tend to exhibit high turnover intentions. In addition, we found that job satisfaction and affective commitment are negatively associated with turnover intentions, while no significant relationship was found to exist between job performance and turnover intentions. The implications of this study suggest that both researchers and practitioners should take into consideration not only the organizational context, but also the occupational context while exploring the process of voluntary turnover.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-206
Number of pages16
JournalHuman Resource Development International
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Affective commitment
  • Job performance
  • Job satisfaction
  • Labour turnover
  • Occupation
  • Profession
  • Turnover intentions
  • Withdrawal


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