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High Performance Work Practices and Collective Quits: The Moderating Role of Workplace Cynicism

Maria Metz, Michelle Brown, Christina Cregan, Carol KULIK

ANZAM | Published : 2017

Abstract

HR practices are intended to influence employee and organisational 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 organisations. Our focus is on a negative workplace climate (“cynical workplace climate”) where employees are distrustful o f management’s motives. We find that when there is a low cynicism climate, HR practices are more likely to be effective in reducing collective quits. When t..

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