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


Business Administration


Ronald C. Jones


Hotel leaders face reduced profitability because of high employee turnover. Using Herzberg's 2-factor theory as the conceptual framework, the purpose of this multiple case study was to explore strategies that some hotel human resources managers used to reduce employee turnover. Data were collected from 5 hotel human resources managers in Massachusetts through face-to-face, semistructured interviews and a review of company documents. Data analysis using Yin's 5-step process of compiling, disassembling, reassembling, interpreting, and developing data-based conclusions resulted in 3 emergent themes: a retention strategy, a compensation strategy, and a training and development strategy. The findings indicated that the employee recruitment process, fair employee compensation and benefits, a focus on employee development, and recognition and appreciation of employees were pivotal strategies human resources managers used to reduce employee turnover. The findings may be valuable to hotel general managers, human resources managers, authors of training manuals, and hiring managers for creating strategies to reduce employee turnover. The implications for positive social change include the potential for hotel general managers to lower unemployment rates and improve the quality of life for the local community through lower employee turnover.

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