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Technical Supervision And Turnover Among Engineers And Technicians

J. D. Sherman
Published 1989 · Business

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In a study of engineering, scientific, and technical support personnel, factors in the immediate work environment which are influenced by the behavior of the technical manager were found to affect turnover propensities. Satisfaction with supervision, higher order need fulfillment, and unit morale were found to be more important influences on retention for technical support personnel. However, for the engineering and scientific personnel, factors such as autonomy, goal congruence, and higher order need fulfillment were found to have greater influence. The results suggest the importance of management training for technical managers as a potentially effective strategy to reduce turnover.
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