Fun and friends: The impact of workplace fun and constituent attachment on turnover in a hospitality context

Michael J. Tews, John W. Michel, David G. Allen

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Abstract

Extending the growing body of research on fun in the workplace, this article reports on a study examinining the relationship between fun and employee turnover. Specifically, this research focused on the influence of three forms of fun on turnover – fun activities, coworker socializing and manager support for fun. With a sample of 296 servers from 20 units of a national restaurant chain in the US, coworker socializing and manager support for fun were demonstrated to be significantly related to turnover. In addition, constituent attachment was found to mediate the relationship between each of the three forms of fun and turnover. This research highlights that not all types of fun are equal and demonstrates that one of the key means through which fun influences retention is by facilitating the development of high quality work relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)923-946
Number of pages24
JournalHuman Relations
Volume67
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 27 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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