Work-Unit Absenteeism: Effects of Satisfaction, Commitment, Labor Market Conditions, and Time
Hausknecht, John; Hiller, Nathan J.; Vance, Robert J.
Prior research is limited in explaining absenteeism at the unit level and over time. We developed and tested a model of unit-level absenteeism using five waves of data collected over six years from 115 work units in a large state agency. Unit-level job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and local unemployment were modeled as time-varying predictors of absenteeism. Shared satisfaction and commitment interacted in predicting absenteeism but were not related to the rate of change in absenteeism over time. Unit-level satisfaction and commitment were more strongly related to absenteeism when units were located in areas with plentiful job alternatives.
absenteeism; labor market; unemployment; satisfaction
Required Publisher Statement: © Academy of Management. Final version published as: Hausknecht, J. P., Hiller, N. J., & Vance, R. J. (2008). Work-unit absenteeism: Effects of satisfaction, commitment, labor market conditions, and time [Electronic version]. Academy of Management Journal, 51(6), 1223-1245. doi: 10.5465/AMJ.2008.35733022 Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.