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Why do disability and rehabilitation staff resign?

Tawadros, P., Simpson, E., Chan, J. B., Vulic, C.,

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Research suggests that high rates of staff turnover and absenteeism may affect the continuity of care that direct care staff provide. High staff turnover also has an adverse impact on service delivery in terms of the cost to service providers in training and mentoring new employees. Hence, it is important that service providers understand the reasons their employees resign and to develop strategies to promote staff retention. Research in this area has tended to focus on the resignation and 'burnout' factors among nursing staff, largely to the exclusion of doctors, allied health professionals and other support staff. This paper on Exit Interview Forms recognises the importance of analysing the reasons for resignation of employees of both rehabilitation and disability services of all professions, provides a comparison of trends and makes tentative recommendations on the design of an Exit Interview Form.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Interaction: The Australian Magazine on Intellectual Disability

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Economic participation, Sector development and sustainability

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