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Ergonomics. 2013;56(11):1629-39. doi: 10.1080/00140139.2013.836251. Epub 2013 Sep 18.

Occupational stress and employee turnover.

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a Institute of Naval Medicine, Alverstoke, Gosport , Hampshire , PO12 2DL , UK.


Questionnaire data captured in January-March 2007 were examined in relation to turnover in males and females during the next five years. In general, most of the workplace stressors (such as role conflict or peer support) were not antecedents of turnover in any group. Junior personnel with psychological strain in 2007 had an increased risk of turnover in the next five years. Low commitment to the service in 2007 increased the odds of turnover in male and female juniors and in female officers. Female juniors with less effective skills for coping with stress and who exercised less frequently on a weekly basis were more likely to leave. An incidental finding was that the odds of turnover were three times greater in female officers with children than in female officers with no children. Stress management interventions focusing on effective coping and sports and exercise participation which are targeted appropriately may improve retention.

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