Critically evaluate how organizations in the UK today can reduce staff turnover
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In particular you can usefully look at the following text books from your Module Information Pack:
Beardwell, J. and Claydon, T., (2010), Human Resource Management: A Contemporary Approach, (6th edition), Harlow: Prentice Hall, chapter 5
Bratton, J. and Gold, J., (2012), Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice, (5th edition), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, chapter 6
The other text books in the Module Information Pack will have similar chapters on turnover.
The phrases retention or staff retention may also be useful ones to help your search for material.
There is also material you can read in:
ACAS, (2011), Employee turnover available www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1887 (there is an ACAS booklet Managing attendance and employee turnover that you can access through this link)
Armstrong, M., (2012), Armstrongs Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice, (12th edition), London: Kogan Page (there are a number of other editions of this material, both hard copy and electronic to which students can refer)
Booth, S and Hamer, K., (2007), Labour turnover in the retail industry in the International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, 35:4, pp.289-307
CIPD, (2013), Employee turnover, available www.cipd.co.uk/hr-resources/factsheets/employee-turnover-retention.aspx (access to this document can only be obtained through registering for a free account with CIPD)
Morrell, K., (2005), Towards a typology of nursing turnover: the role of shocks in nurses decision to leave in the Advanced Journal of Nursing, 49:3, 315-322
Morrell, K., Loan-Clarke, J. and Wilkinson, A.J., (2001), Unweaving leaving: the use of models in the management of employee turnover in the International Journal of Management Reviews, 3:3, pp.219-244
Morrell, K., Loan-Clarke, J. and Wilkinson, A.J., (2004), Organisational change and employee turnover in Personnel Review, 33:2, pp.161-173
People Management although the brief snapshots in this magazine are never enough on their own to write a comprehensive essay, using the search facility will give some indication of the problems companies face and how they seek to resolve the issues
Torrington, D, Hall, L. and Taylor, S., (2005), Human Resource Management, (6th edition), Harlow: FT/Prentice Hall, chapter 8 Students are not restricted solely to these sources.