Factors influencing employee turnover in Tanzania: a case study of Lindi district council

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University of Dar es Salaam
The motivation for undertaking this study emanates from the existing turnover problem within the Lindi District Council (henceforth, LDC), where it has been observed that despite the retention efforts made by the government and the council, the turnover has been increasing over time. The general objective of the study is to investigate factors influencing employee turnover in LDC. In order to achieve this objective, the study employed both primary and secondary data. Primary data were collected by using questionnaires which were distributed to a hundred employees, however, only sixty four were returned. Observation was another tool employed in collecting primary data. Secondary data were collected from various sources such as yearly reports, office files, circulars, and strategic plan. The collected data were analyzed using thematic analyses. The findings suggest that managerial controllable factors such as inadequate compensation package, unequal treatment of workers, lack of employee involvement in decision making, lack of promotion, job stress and poor working environment primarily contribute to employee turnover in LDC. In addition, demographic factors such as sex, age, education level, and working experience were identified as contributors of turnover among LDC employees. The general implication drawn from the findings is that, the current retention strategies are inefficient. This calls for new initiative by the council to redesign HRM policies that will achieve positive behavioral performance and financial outcomes.
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Employee turnover, Lindi district, Tanzania
Ntira, M. (2009) Factors influencing employee turnover in Tanzania: a case study of Lindi district council, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam.