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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)




James Glenn


Employee turnover is detrimental to organizational performance and profitability, leading to loss of diverse financial and intellectual resources and assets. Grounded in the motivation-hygiene theory, the purpose of this correlational study was to examine the relationship between employee turnover intention and job satisfaction, employee compensation, employee engagement, employee motivation, and work environment. The population consisted of low- to mid-level hospitality employees residing in Western Georgia, Central Mississippi, and North Central Texas, over the age of 18, and employed in the hospitality industry. A convenience sample of 156 participants completed the Compensation Scale, Job Satisfaction Scale, Utrecht Work Employee Engagement Scale, Work Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation Scale, Work Environment Scale, and Turnover Intention Scale via an online survey. Multiple linear regression analyses and Pearson-product correlation coefficients were used to predict employee turnover. The 5 predictors accounted for approximately 36% of the variance in turnover intention and the result was statistically significant, (R-² =.36, F (5, 105) = 11.57, p < .001). The correlation between motivation and turnover intention was not significant. The findings may contribute to positive social change by increasing the potential to provide hospitality leaders with a foundation for future research on job satisfaction, employee compensation, employee engagement, employee motivation, work environment, and turnover intentions. These improvements may lead to the formulation of strategies and policies of business practices to reduce turnover intentions.

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