Turnover of Personnel in the Federal Government

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_3454-1

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Definition

A voluntary or involuntary movement across the membership boundary of organization through quits, transfers, layoffs, promotion, reduction in force, deaths, or retirement.

Introduction

Employing 2.2 million workers over 100 agencies, the US federal government is one of the largest employers in the country. Employee turnover has been an issue since the early days of the government (White 1948). While a loss of employees can have positive effect on an organization, negative consequences, including loss of human and knowledge capital, morale, and productivity, and increased costs for replacements, can be problematic for governance (Bertelli and Lewis 2012; Kim and Fernandez 2017). Research conducted by the US Senate, the National Commission on Public Service, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Office of Personnel Management found that the rate of turnover in the federal government was higher than in other industries. This article...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science and SociologyMurray State UniversityMurrayUSA