Work expectations and other factors influencing male apprentices' intentions to quit their trade

Gow, Kathryn M., Hinschen, Connie, Anthony, David, & Warren, Chantelle (2009) Work expectations and other factors influencing male apprentices' intentions to quit their trade. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 46(1), pp. 99-121.

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This study examined the current trade shortage in Australian industry from the perspective of fewer young people entering the trades. We investigated the extent to which certain variables (relationship with their boss/supervisor; relationship with their co-workers; extrinsic motivation within the compensation subscale; the use of emotion-focused coping styles rather than problem-focused styles; and apprentices' work expectations) could predict their intention to quit or stay in the job. Of the five predictors, only two (relationship with their boss/supervisor and/or their relationship with their co-workers) were found to have the ability to significantly predict intention to quit. Comparisons between Queensland and Victorian participants led to the conclusion that an apprentice's choice to stay in or leave their trade was individually specific, and was most likely not based solely on one explicit factor, but on a range of work-related factors, which they, personally, considered important.

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ID Code: 18895
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Apprentices, Australia, Co-worker relationships, Supervisor relationships, Trade shortage
DOI: 10.1177/1038411107086546
ISSN: 1038-4111
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
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Deposited On: 30 Apr 2009 01:26
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:30

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