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Reasons for Staying: A Longitudinal Study of Work Conditions Predicting Social Workers’ Willingness to Stay in Their Organisation
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (Hållbart arbetsliv (HAL))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7405-0025
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (Hållbart arbetsliv (HAL))
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (Hållbart arbetsliv (HAL))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1965-7147
2019 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, p. 1-19Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Extensive staff turnover within the statutory social services is a serious problem in Sweden and in other European countries. This study examines which work conditions predict social workers’ willingness to stay in their organisation. A web-based questionnaire was used to gather data. The participating social workers responded to two questionnaires over a one-year period. To identify the social workers who wanted to stay and also remained in the organisation, the group ‘Stayers’ (n = 1,368) consisted of social workers who reported low intentions to quit at T1. The group ‘Leavers’ (n = 1,182) were social workers who had actually resigned at T2. The data were analysed using univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses. The multivariate analysis shows that the work conditions that predicted staying in the organisation were low degrees of conflicting demands and quantitative demands, high degrees of openness and human resource orientation in the organisation and a high degree of perceived service quality. The results are discussed in relation to public management and managerial responsibility to create sustainable work conditions that facilitate the provision of good social services for citizens.

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2019. p. 1-19
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Work Sciences
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Working Life Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-45613DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcz103OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-45613DiVA, id: diva2:1362557
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Hållbar socialtjänst - relationen mellan arbetsmiljö och verksamhetsstyrning
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AFA Insurance, 150463Available from: 2019-10-21 Created: 2019-10-21 Last updated: 2019-10-23

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