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




Gergana Velkova



Some social work leaders in the United States lack strategies to successfully reduce employee turnover, which is detrimental to the profitability of an organization. The purpose of this qualitative single case study was to explore effective strategies that social work professionals used to reduce employee turnover. The targeted population included 10 social work managers from organizations in South Carolina who experienced employee turnover and implemented successful strategies to overcome it. The conceptual framework was Herzberg's motivation-hygiene theory. Triangulation was used to increase the reliability and validity of the data. Data were collected from semistructured in-depth interviews with managers who spent at least 1 year in a managerial position at a social work agency and a review of agency documents. Three themes emerged from the data analysis: job satisfaction was key to reducing employee turnover, positive working environment, and management. Reducing employee turnover contributes to social change by providing social work leaders with valuable insight that can lead to improved organizational growth, increased profitability, and enhanced sustainability, which might promote prosperity for local families and the community.

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