A previous version of this paper was presented as part of the symposium Age-related differences in work attitudes and behaviors (H. Sterns, Chair), conducted at the Ninth Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Inc., Nashville, TN, April, 1994. Michael Lehman is presently with Development Dimensions International located in Pittsburgh, PA.
AGE AND VOLUNTARY TURNOVER: A QUANTITATIVE REVIEW
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
Volume 48, Issue 2, pages 335–345, June 1995
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HEALY, M. C., LEHMAN, M. and MCDANIEL, M. A. (1995), AGE AND VOLUNTARY TURNOVER: A QUANTITATIVE REVIEW. Personnel Psychology, 48: 335–345. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6570.1995.tb01760.x
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- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
The bivariate relationship between chronological age and voluntary turnover was examined. Using a database that spans the years 1959-1993 and contains 46 samples with a total of 42,625 individuals, meta-analyses were performed. In contrast to previous reviews (Cotton & Tuttle, 1986; Rhodes, 1983), the relationship between age and turnover was small and near zero (p= -.08). Job tenure did not appear to moderate the relationship to any substantial extent. We conclude that age is not meaningfully related to an individual's decision to leave an organization.