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High Performance Work Practices, Collective Quits and Workplace Cynicism

Michelle Brown, Christina Cregan, I Metz

Academy of Management Proceedings | Academy of Management 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management | Published : 2018


HR practices are intended to influence employee and organizational performance, including the level of employee quits. We examine the role of workplace climate as a boundary condition on the HR practices - collective quits relationship. We argue that workplace climate affects the receptivity of a workforce to the signals of HR, explaining why the effectiveness of HR practices in managing collective quits varies across organizations. Our focus is on a negative workplace climate (“cynical workplace climate”) where employees are distrustful of management’s motives. We find, using data from 1,733 employees in 57 organizations, that where there is a low cynicism climate, HR practices are more lik..

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