Work satisfaction and intention to leave among direct care workers in community and residential aged care in Australia

Debra King, Zhang Wei, Anna Howe

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Abstract

Turnover in the Australian aged-care workforce is lower than in the United States but is still of concern. This research examined the effects of worker satisfaction, worker characteristics, work conditions, and workplace environment on intention to leave, using data from a 2007 national census of the aged-care workforce. A probit model was used to estimate the probability of care workers leaving their jobs in the next 12 months. While workers were satisfied, overall, with their work, improving some components of satisfaction and converting casual contracts to permanent work would reduce intention to leave. To these ends, a shift in focus is required away from worker characteristics and the nature of care work to job conditions and organizational matters amenable to management and policy action.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-319
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Aging & Social Policy
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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