Personality Traits, Turnover and Job Retention among Rescue1122 Workers

Author: Ishma Shahid

Supervisor: Ms. Shahnila Tariq

Degree: MPhil

Year:  (2008-2010)

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research aimed to investigate the relationship between big five personality traits, turnover and job retention among rescue 1122 workers. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be a significant positive relationship between personality traits, job retention and turnover. Correlational research design was used and sample was taken by using non-probability purposive sampling technique. The sample was comprised of male participants (N = 100) from four emergency centers (Emergency Services Academy Ferozpur Road Lhr, Head Office Muslim Town, Rescue 1122 Thokar Niaz Baig, Rescue 1122 Township) in Lahore. Big Five Personality Inventory (John & Srivastava, 1999), Turnover Intentions Questionnaire (Lee, 2008) and Affective Commitment Scale (Allen & Mayer, 1997) were followed in the present research. Data was analyzed and measured quantitatively by using Pearson Product Moment Correlation. Descriptive and inferential statistics were also used for data analysis. Findings of the present research suggested that four personality traits (extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness to new experience) were positively correlated to job retention. However, no significant relationship was found between neuroticism and turnover. Study can be implicated in variety of career and organizational settings for the applicants to choose their personality related careers in order to have successful jobs and recruiters to select most talented and appropriate candidates for their organizations.

Keywords: personality traits, job retention, turnover, rescue workers.

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